News / World by Press Association 31/12/2018, 11:43 am Updated: 01/01/2019, 7:47 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter There have been celebrations around the world to welcome in 2019. Paris The Champs-Elysees was the scene of festivities in Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron had earlier addressed the people following a mixed year in which there were mass protests but in a year that will be remembered for the country’s World Cup victory in Russia. Berlin Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel also addressed the people ahead of fireworks over central Berlin. It marked the end of a year when Mrs Merkel resigned as head of her party. Sydney An estimated one million people crowded Sydney Harbour as Australia’s largest city rang in the new year with a spectacular, soul-tinged fireworks celebration. One of the most complex displays in Australia’s history included gold, purple and silver fireworks … [Read more...] about New year celebrations: World welcomes 2019
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NEW Year's Day is here and after much celebrating it's time to let 2019 really begin. From inspiring quotes and unusual traditions to Snapchat's new feature, here are some last-minute things to help you celebrate New Year's Day in style. What inspirational New Year's quotes are there? If you're looking forward to a fresh start, there's no better way to kick off 2018 than by ruminating on some inspirational words of wisdom. Here are a few of our favourite quotes: TS Eliot: For last year's words belong to last year's language And next year's words await another voice. Oprah Winfrey: Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. Alfred Tennyson: Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, "It will be happier." Neil Gaiman: Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever. William Shakespeare: Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt. CS … [Read more...] about New Year 2019 quotes and traditions and how to use Snapchat’s Year End Story 2018 feature
Go for a run Running a race may not be the first thing that comes to mind on New Year's Eve but taking part in a 'San Silvestre' fun run is part of a growing tradition in Spain. Around 200 such 'San Silvestre' runs take place across Spain on December 31st with the biggest in Madrid (San Silvestre Vallecana) and Barcelona (Cursa del Nassos). Don't forget your grapes! In Spain it is traditional to eat 12 grapes, one at each stroke of midnight, which will bring you prosperity and good luck for the year ahead. READ MORE: Five Spanish New Year traditions to bring you luck for 2019 So whatever plans you have for the night, make sure you carry 12 grapes (the smaller the better) to gobble down at midnight. Eat at home Spaniards tend to start off their New Year celebrations at home with family before heading out to bars and clubs after midnight so don’t be alarmed if places are a little bit quiet in the run up to the magic moment. You may struggle to … [Read more...] about How to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Spain
THE Chinese New Year brings with it fireworks and impressive lantern displays. But when is it celebrated in 2019, which zodiac comes into prominence, and what does it mean for the year ahead? When is Chinese New Year? Falling on February 5, Chinese New Year marks the turn of the lunar year. Based on the Chinese calendar, the celebration starts on the last day of the last month of the lunar cycle and ends on the 15th day of the first month. FERAL YOUTHS Baby-faced yobs named and shamed by cops after 'wreaking havoc' on town DOH! Top 20 things Brits forget at Christmas including buying sellotape and putting on oven WarningSKEWERED ALIVE Factory robot malfunctions and impales worker with 10 foot-long steel spikes LatestCHURCH BLOODBATH Gunman ‘storms cathedral in Brazil killing 4 and turning gun on himself’ FIRE IN THE HOLE US Army’s terrifying new rifle can obliterate enemies with power of TANK BEST OF BRITAIN Britain's most popular meals revealed including beans on … [Read more...] about When is Chinese New Year 2019, how is the Year of the Pig celebrated and what are the other zodiac animals?
opinion Dave Dutch Published 10:00 PM EST Dec 10, 2018 The passing of President George H.W. Bush has caused many Americans to reflect on fond memories of the graceful humility that marked the leadership style of this great man. It certainly did for me. I had the honor of attending the United States Naval Academy and serving in the U.S. Navy as a special operations officer during the first Gulf War. In 1987, I walked across the Naval Academy graduation stage to shake hands with then Vice President George H.W. Bush as he gave me my diploma and wished me luck with a genuine smile. Little did I know that this man would one day be my commander-in-chief and give me unfettered access to a prime minister’s yacht. In late December of 1991 President Bush embarked on a tour of the Pacific Rim that is most remembered for the incident where he became ill at an event hosted by the prime minister of Japan in early January. I remember that trip for what happened earlier, when our … [Read more...] about Opinion: Bush gave me a New Year’s party to remember