Category Archives: New Years Eve

NEW YEAR – AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT ANIMAL

When it comes to Bonfire Night, we, as a nation, come together to celebrate the saving of parliament way back in 1605. But the birth of a new year has been celebrated for much longer; 153 B.C to be precise.

At present, our days are measured by the Gregorian calendar which was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. Previously, we measured the year’s transition under the Julian calendar indoctrinated after the conquest of Egypt by Julius Caesar back in 45 B.C (Which had 445 days).

At the time of the Roman/Julian calendar it was believed that a solar or tropical year lasted between 355- 378 days and every few years, another month known as Mensis Intercalaris was inserted between what is now February and March and lasted 22 or 23 days depending on several factors; talk about confusing!!
Greek astronomers later recalculated one year to be 365.25 days which is why we add a leap year day every four years to compensate giving us the “Leap Year”.

As you might imagine changing a calendar is not as easy as first thought, at a time when there was no e-mail and ships took months to circumnavigate the world it took a few years just to make everyone aware the calendar was changing and set a plan in place. Luckily we don’t have to worry about this as the whole world celebrates on the same date (except those following a lunar calendar) but not at the same time, with 39 time zones across the world to allow for the rotation of the earth at 1040 miles an hour.

The first place to witness the New Year is Kiritimati in Tonga twenty-six hours before we do, then its New Zealand’s Chatham Islands turn 15 minutes later, then we move to Anadyr in Russia before Sidney Harbour Bridge erupts in colour 11 hours before the UK. We then move across the globe visiting in order Japan, North Korea, China, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, the rest of Russia then Greece, Germany and most of Europe are next in line to celebrate one hour before our Capital city lights up with fireworks to herald in the New Year for the brits and of course, up in Scotland, the beautiful setting of Edinburgh Castle’s fireworks signify the start of 2017 (and of course a 2 day bender for Hogmanay!!)

Whilst the champagne flows and fireworks fill the sky, Brazil is getting ready to put on a show two hours after midnight here in Great Britain. By 4am on the 1st of January Canadians are in full festive spirit followed by the USA.

As one of the few countries to recognise Bonfire night, we get more chances to use fireworks than most but bear in mind on Guy Fawkes Night we usually start earlier in the evening, have a big fire to keep us warm, hot pie and peas, we wrap up warm against the autumnal cold but on New Year’s Eve it’s usually a case of dash out in your finery a few seconds before midnight point a port-fire in the direction of the firework fuse, enjoy the short display and dash back inside to the party.

LONDON NYE TICKET DEBATE CONTINUES

In spite of having thoroughly enjoyed Christmas and New Year and having lit a fair few fireworks in celebration, it would appear that following on from the lovely Boris Johnson’s decision to bring in ticketing for the London NYE firework display in 2014, some of the arguments continue to rage.

The decision to ticket the event was intended to take the strain off the overstretched emergency services and ancillary crowd control and support and of course the transport infrastructure in London.

The current complaint is that of the 106,428 tickets sold only 29,800 went to residents of our nation’s capital. The naysayers have decided that as the locals pay a huge contribution towards the event in taxes they should receive first refusal on tickets and a much greater percentage of the tickets available than the 28% they received this time around.

This discussion is bound to continue as it is clear that there must be a fair balance between letting the locals have all the tickets, which will impact on visitor figures, or continue to encourage tourism to the City.

The cost of the display in 2015 has been estimated at around £1.8 million and for 11 minutes this appears to be a great deal of money but this covers everything from the tape to cordon off areas to the rigging for the fireworks and compared to Australia who spent more than twice this amount we were considered thrifty.

New Year firework displays have some say become the ultimate status symbol for wealthy cities who use the opportunity to offer something magical to encourage visitors. In a world of displaced children, war and hunger, why begrudge everyone of a little magic.

FILMING IN THE NEW YEAR

By now most of us have recovered from the New Year celebrations, and what a night it was!!

Australia is always the first we see, streamed live at around 1pm UK time, although we were impressed as the rest of the world was, it wasn’t until midnight we see what I thought was the best display of the year.

Drones and Go Pro cams are becoming more and more popular these days being used for various reasons from fun pursuits such as filming the action as we hurtle down mountain paths on our all-terrain cycles hanging on for dear life. They also offer a chance at YouTube fame should it all go wrong and applications for use of these covert cameras are used to search in disaster struck areas, probing for survivors in impossible to reach situations or for nature conservation, observing the colonies of birds dotted around our islands cliffs without alarming them, making sure all is well.

Whatever the reason for owning one of these now inexpensive technological marvels, combing the Drone with a high spec 4k camera and flying through a fireworks display which certainly has to be one of the best reasons to use them in our considered opinion.

On New Year’s Eve, across the world these flying machines were out in force capturing the displays for prosperity these “Drones” or “Quad-Coptors” which can be picked up from a couple of hundred pounds, climbing to a couple of thousand for the better ones.

Whilst laws on the use of these gadgets can vary around the world, operation is becoming tighter, most counties are taking more interest recently due to the “security concerns” as their versatility is becoming more apparent, human ingenuity being what it is there are people have adapted the use of the Drones for many purposes, from farmers in the Highlands of Scotland keeping a beady eye on their prize cattle from the comfort of the farm, to commercial and military airports disguising them as falcons in an attempt to prevent flocks of birds damaging the jet engines and risking the loss of life.

If you filmed your Epic New Year display please send us a link and we will add it to the collection.

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL AT EPIC FIREWORKS

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