New Year's Day celebrations around the world vary from the big and exciting through to the strange and unusual. On the spectacular scale, the New Year's Day Parade in London scores top marks. What began as a humble Lord Mayor's parade has grown into a grand scale event that captures global attention.

For something a little more sophisticated, New Year's Day in Vienna centres on the concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Rio de Janeiro is the place to be for a party with a bit of spice as dancers shimmy and samba in the streets. Finally for the weird and wonderful, New Year's Day in Vancouver features the famous Polar Bear Swim where thousands of celebrants plunge into icy waters.

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