Celebrating the New Year carries a different flair in almost every culture and religion and these diverse rituals are examined on "New Year 2000: Centuries of Celebration," premiering on the History Channel Thursday at 8 p.m.
Not everyone celebrates on Dec. 31. The Jewish New Year arrives in the fall; for the Chinese, it's early spring; and Hindus have more than one New Year's celebration each year.
A central theme in each case is that this is a time to be with family, a time for prayer and a time for celebration with traditional rituals.
The show's featured interviews include Dick Clark, grand master of New York City's celebration; inspirational speaker Deepak Chopra; and calendar expert Mark Cohen. Celebrations include scenes from Times Square in New York, the Rose Bowl and Mummer's parades and the lighting of oil lamps by Hindus in Diwali.
Repeats at midnight, Friday at 11 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m.
* Sunday on A&E Network at 8 p.m., "Biography" profiles "Irving Berlin: An American Song." This two-hour piece looks at the prolific songwriter who wrote "White Christmas" and 34 other No. 1 hits including "God Bless America," "Blue Skies," "Easter Parade" and "There's No Business Like Show Business." Repeats at 10 p.m., midnight and 2 a.m.
* Sunday on Disney Channel at 9 p.m., the debut of the letterbox version of "Lady and the Tramp," featuring the voices of Peggy Lee, Larry Roberts, Bill Baucom, Verna Felton and Stan Freberg.
* Sunday to Sunday on HBO, all 13 first-season episodes of the Emmy-winning series "The Sopranos" are presented in order: two episodes Sunday through Thursday at 10 and 11 p.m. and three on Sunday, Jan. 2, at 9, 10 and 11 p.m.
* Tuesday on American Movie Classics at 8 p.m., "Hollywood's Hot Wheels" debuts as part of AMC's "Hollywood Real to Reel" series. It's a look at custom cars portrayed on films including "Batman," "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," "The Love Bug" and "Back to the Future." Repeats at 12:35 a.m.
* Friday on Disney Channel at
6:30 p.m., a "Zoo2K: Zoogin' New Yearz Eve Party" featuring viewers' favorite movies and specials. The top vote-getters for the New Year's Eve schedule run until 4:30 a.m.
* Saturday on Nickelodeon, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on New Year's Day and airing for the next 24 hours, Nickelodeon presents its millennium documentary. The show offers the results of talking with 10,000 children around the globe, allowing them to describe their hopes, dreams and predictions. The day-long show will be free of commercials.
* Saturday on Starz! at 8 p.m., Elijah Wood and Janeane Garofalo star in "The Bumblebee Flies Away," about a young man's search for his past.