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In Japan, New Year's Eve itself is called oh-misoka, and is a day to spend quietly at home for most people. It is not a day for fireworks at all in Japan (fireworks are reserved for summertime). You reflect on the old year, watch some year-ending entertainment programmes on TV such as Kohaku Uta Gassen (a long-running singing contest show), and perhaps go to the local temple at midnight, while hearing the 108 rings of the bell to ring away the evils of the old year. People looking for a party on New Year's Eve are often disappointed.

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Regent Street snowflake Christmas lights, 1955

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Eric Marshalls (73) outside his home in Bagby, Noth Yorkshire. Eric spends up to three weeks erecting his display of Christmas lights which he has amassed over 20 years

In pictures: Impressive Christmas lights displays

Each year people decorate their houses with the most extraordinary Christmas lights. We take a look at this year’s most impressive Christmas lights displays.

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