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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.


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.


White Christmas and New Year In Russia

Looking ahead at the weather, it is highly unlikely that the UK will be having a white Christmas or even a smattering of snow for the New Year, unless you live in the very North of Scotland or at the top of Ben Nevis! However, if you want to guarantee a festive scene to wake up to on Christmas Morning then head for Moscow.

Snow cover in Russia hangs around for about three months of the year usually from November to April getting as deep as 25 cm (about ten inches) between December and January. Cost wise, the exchange rate is very favorable; for example a McDonald’s meal in Moscow costs £3.25 so not much difference from home. Alcohol is well priced as are meals, a three course meal for 2 averages around £25.

Now a very cosmopolitan city there are over 5000 westernized clubs pubs and restaurants in Moscow and with one of the world’s biggest fireworks displays held annually for their New Year’s Eve celebrations, it is rapidly become a popular destination for stag parties, hen do’s and of course; romantic getaways.

Many of the hotels and clubs try to outdo each other by attempting to throw the biggest party, most including fireworks so expect a lot of festive cheer and some interesting pyrotechnics. The best parties are usually ticketed but include food and drinks, the more popular ones such as Electrosvet, Bar Belka, GQ Bar, Rai, Kino and Propaganda all offer great entertainment, good prices and a party atmosphere to rival the best.

Red Square on New Year’s Eve resembles Trafalgar or Times Square as it seems the whole of Moscow flocks here to let in the New Year. Of course having the stunning architecture of St Basils Cathedral as a backdrop to the fireworks, it is a sight worth seeing. Just a few minutes away along the banks of the Moskva River (aka Moscow River) you will find romantic quiet areas to watch the fireworks from but wrap up.

Today the temperature in Moscow is -3c which is the average for this time of year but is expected to drop to -5 over the next couple of days. The record low for the area was a staggering -38 which explains why Muscovites are usual pictured in ankle length fur coats and big fluffy hats.

A little known fact is that Russians love to party and are a friendly bunch of people so if you are one of the many wanting to try a new experience, make new friends, have a memorable break and not have to buy tickets to see fireworks book a flight now.

In the meantime enjoy the fireworks from last year’s celebrations.

С Рождеством и Новым годом от эпических фейерверков
S Rozhdestvom i Novym godom ot epicheskikh feyyerverkovv

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