31 Dec '14, 1pm

Singapore prepares to celebrate New Year and 50 years of independence

Singapore prepares to celebrate New Year and 50 years of independence

Foula in Shetland is still to even celebrate Christmas and will not celebrate the New Year until two weeks after the rest of the UK One of Britain's remotest communities will not celebrate the New Year until nearly two weeks after the rest of the country - because it still adheres to an ancient calendar for the festivity. Foula in Shetland is still to even celebrate Christmas. It marks Christmas and New Year according to the feast days of the old Julian calendar - Yule on January 6 and Newerday on the 13th. The community of just over 30 on the tiny Shetland island has a strong Norse tradition of folklore, music and special festivities. Its inhabitants were the last to speak Norn, a form of old Norse which died out around 1800. Islanders will gather in one house to celebrate Christmas where they will exchange gifts and greetings. They islanders include six children - who ha...

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