New Year’s Around The Globe

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Picture shows the sunrise on New Year's Day over Tokyo Bay on January 1, 2011.
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A man takes part in the annual Cape Town Minstrels Carnival on January 1, 2011, in Cape Town, South Africa. This carnival is usually held on the 2nd of January every year, which is called, "Second New Year", and dates back to the time of slaves in the Cape Colony. The slaves were given the day off, the day after New Year, which they spent, in part, singing and dancing.
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An Indian Sikh devotee poses as he prays while taking a dip in the holy sarovar (water tank) at a fog-shrouded Golden Temple in Amritsar on January 1, 2011. Thousands of Sikh devotees from across India and abroad are preparing to pay obeisance on the occasion of New Year at the temple in northern India.
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Pope Benedict XVI talks with children dressed as Magi during the celebration of the New Year solemn mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on January 1, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI, during New Year's mass, urged world leaders to defend Christians against abuse and intolerance. "I once again launch a pressing appeal not to give in to discouragement and resignation," said the pontiff.
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Well-wishers pray during a visit to Meiji shrine in Tokyo on January 1, 2011 to mark New Year's Day. More than three million people are expected to flock to the shrine on the first three days of the new year.
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Hardy Dutch swimmers brave the icy North Sea on January 1, 2011 in Scheveningen, Netherlands. An estimated record number of more than 10,000 participants took part in this year's traditional New Year's dive.
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Dennis Jones and Charlie Brand celebrate New Year's Eve 2011 in Times Square on December 31, 2010 in New York City.
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New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys perform during New Year's Eve 2011 in Times Square on December 31, 2010 in New York City.
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Confetti drops as revelers celebrate the New Year January 1, 2011 in New York's Times Square after watching the traditional ball drop.
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Fireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight on January 1, 2011 in London, England. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames in central London to see in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display.
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Crowds look at fireworks bursting around Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, marking the New Year at midnight on January 1, 2011 in the Gulf emirate of Dubai.
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People applaud as Austrian maestro Franz Welser Moest conducts the traditional New Year's Concert on January 1, 2011 in Vienna. The world-famous New Year's Concert, broadcast as far as Uruguay and Australia and habitually sold out a year in advance, be in fresh hands on January 1, with Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Moest at its helm.
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Lebanese revelers celebrate the New Year in down town Beirut at midnight on January 1, 2011 as people around the planet began welcoming 2011 in a blaze of fireworks and parties.
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The people of Hamburg celebrate the new year with fireworks at Landungbrueken on January 1, 2011 in Hamburg, Germany.
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Pakistanis celebrate the New Year in Karachi on January 1, 2011. New Year revelers around the planet began welcoming 2011 in a blaze of fireworks and parties, temporarily banishing the misery of extreme weather that has struck across the world.
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Larry Maxwell, 2, sits atop the shoulders of his dad, Christopher Lee, both of Baltimore, M.D., in Times Square for the annual midnight ball drop in New York, N.Y. on Dec. 31, 2010. Revelers who want a good view of the ball dropping arrive early in the afternoon and wait until midnight. (credit: Brian Harkin/Getty Images)
New Year's 2011 Celebrations Larry Maxwell, 2, sits atop the shoulders of his dad, Christopher Lee, both of Baltimore, M.D., in Times Square for the annual midnight ball drop in New York, N.Y. on Dec. 31, 2010. Revelers who want a good view of the ball dropping arrive early in the afternoon and wait until midnight. (credit: Brian Harkin/Getty Images)
New York City Police Department officers search the bag of a man in Times Square before the annual midnight ball drop in New York, N.Y. on Dec. 31, 2010. Revelers who want a good view of the ball dropping arrive early in the afternoon and wait until midnight. (credit: Brian Harkin/Getty Images)
New Year's 2011 Celebrations New York City Police Department officers search the bag of a man in Times Square before the annual midnight ball drop in New York, N.Y. on Dec. 31, 2010. Revelers who want a good view of the ball dropping arrive early in the afternoon and wait until midnight. (credit: Brian Harkin/Getty Images)
Pam Enzor, center, of Whiteville, N.C., cheers at revelers on the other side of the street in Times Square before the annual midnight ball drop in New York, N.Y. on Dec. 31, 2010. Revelers who want a good view of the ball dropping arrive early in the afternoon and wait until midnight. (credit: Brian Harkin/Getty Images)
New Year's 2011 Celebrations Pam Enzor, center, of Whiteville, N.C., cheers at revelers on the other side of the street in Times Square before the annual midnight ball drop in New York, N.Y. on Dec. 31, 2010. Revelers who want a good view of the ball dropping arrive early in the afternoon and wait until midnight. (credit: Brian Harkin/Getty Images)
The people of Hamburg celebrate the new year with fireworks at Landungbrueken on Jan. 1, 2011 in Hamburg, Germany.  (credit: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
New Year's 2011 Celebrations The people of Hamburg celebrate the new year with fireworks at Landungbrueken on Jan. 1, 2011 in Hamburg, Germany. (credit: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
The people of Hamburg celebrate the new year with fireworks at Landungbrueken on Jan. 1, 2011 in Hamburg, Germany.  (credit: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
New Year's 2011 Celebrations The people of Hamburg celebrate the new year with fireworks at Landungbrueken on Jan. 1, 2011 in Hamburg, Germany. (credit: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
Revelers celebrate near the Brandenburg Gate on New Year's Eve on Jan. 1, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. Up to one million people were expected to celebrate the arrival of 2011 on the nearby Strasse des 17. Juni street.  (credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
New Year's 2011 Celebrations Revelers celebrate near the Brandenburg Gate on New Year's Eve on Jan. 1, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. Up to one million people were expected to celebrate the arrival of 2011 on the nearby Strasse des 17. Juni street. (credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Fireworks explode over the Quadriga statue on the Brandenburg Gate on New Year's Eve on Jan. 1, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. Up to one million people were expected to celebrate the arrival of 2011 on the nearby Strasse des 17. Juni street.  (credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
New Year's 2011 Celebrations Fireworks explode over the Quadriga statue on the Brandenburg Gate on New Year's Eve on Jan. 1, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. Up to one million people were expected to celebrate the arrival of 2011 on the nearby Strasse des 17. Juni street. (credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
New Year revellers gather on Princes Street ahead of the New Year celebrations on Dec. 31, 2010 in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is expected that around 80,000 people will attend the festivities in Scotland's capital.   (credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
New Year's 2011 Celebrations New Year revellers gather on Princes Street ahead of the New Year celebrations on Dec. 31, 2010 in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is expected that around 80,000 people will attend the festivities in Scotland's capital. (credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
New Year revellers gather on Princes Street ahead of the New Year celebrations on Dec. 31, 2009 in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is expected that around 80,000 people will attend the festivities in Scotland's capital.  (credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
New Year's 2011 Celebrations New Year revellers gather on Princes Street ahead of the New Year celebrations on Dec. 31, 2009 in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is expected that around 80,000 people will attend the festivities in Scotland's capital. (credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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Residents enjoy fireworks during the New Year celebrations at the Malaysia's landmark Patronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur on January 1, 2011. New Year revelers around the planet welcomed 2011 in a blaze of fireworks and parties, temporarily banishing the misery of extreme weather which has struck countries across the world.
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Fireworks are seen above Jakarta's downtown on January 1, 2011 marking the New Year. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Jakarta to mark the New Year.
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A light stream marks the number 2011 at Jakarta's downtown on January 1, 2011 during the New Year's celebrations. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Jakarta to mark the New Year.
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People dance to celebrate the New Year in front of the Asian Civilization Museum in Singapore on January 1, 2011. Singapore's economy expanded at a record 14.7 percent in 2010, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said December 31, as the city-state recovered sharply from last year's recession.
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Models hold inflatable numbers as they pose for photos during a New Year party in Hong Kong on January 1, 2011. New Year revelers around the world welcomed 2010 in a blaze of fireworks and parties.
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People set balloons free to celebrate the New Year during a countdown ceremony at Tokyo's Zojoji Buddhist temple on January 1, 2011.
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Fireworks explode above Taiwan's tallest building, Taipei 101, on January 1, 2011 to celebrate the New Year. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Taipei to mark the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of China.
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South Koreans gather to celebrate 2011 New Year's fireworks in downtown Seoul on January 1, 2011. New Year revelers around the planet welcomed 2011 in a blaze of fireworks and parties, temporarily banishing the misery of extreme weather which has struck countries across the world.
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Fireworks light up the Hong Kong skyline above Victoria harbor on January 1, 2011. Around 400,000 were expected to attend the display marking the new year.
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Fireworks light up the skyline over Sydney Harbor during the midnight fireworks session as Sydney Celebrates New Year's Eve on December 31, 2010 in Sydney, Australia.
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Fireworks light up Sydney Harbor during the midnight fireworks session as Sydney Celebrates New Year's Eve on December 31, 2010 in Sydney, Australia.
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Fireworks explode above the Sydney Opera House during the preliminary 9pm session as Sydney celebrates New Year's Eve on December 31, 2010 in Sydney, Australia.
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A laser show is shown to celebrate the new year on December 31, 2010 in Gisborne, New Zealand.
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A picture taken on December 29, 2010 in Paris shows a glass being filled up with champagne. Days before New Year's Eve, French researchers have found scientific evidence for what many champagne tipplers have long known -- that the bubbles are the key to a good bubbly.
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Visitors watch the last sunset of the year over the Arabian Sea in Mumbai on December 31, 2010. Mumbai police warned that four operatives of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant outfit were preparing a "violent attack" during the festive season and called for residents to be vigilant. New Year revelers around the planet will welcome 2011 in a blaze of fireworks and parties Friday, temporarily banishing the misery of extreme weather which has struck countries across the world.
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Men dressed as Vikings lead the torchlight procession as it makes its way along Princess Street for the start of the New Year celebrations December 30, 2010 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Thousands of people joined in the torchlight procession, followed by the burning of a Viking long ship.
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A police officer confiscates banned types of firecracker at Divisoria market as the Philippines gears up to welcome in the New Year in Manila on December 29, 2010. The Philippines is mainly Roman Catholic, but the celebrations draw on ancient superstitions and Chinese traditions in which the noise from firecrackers is meant to drive away evil spirits and bring good luck in the coming year.
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A Sri Lankan boy sells fire crackers in Colombo on December 31, 2010 ahead of New Year's eve. The tropical island economy has grown at a blistering pace since government troops in May 2009 ended a 37-year ethnic conflict with Tamil Tiger rebels that the United Nations estimates left over 100,000 people dead.
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Indian artist Harwinder Singh Gill displays coloring pencils carved with new year greetings on new year's eve in Amritsar on December 31, 2010. New Year revelers around the planet will welcome 2011 in a blaze of fireworks and parties Friday, temporarily banishing the misery of extreme weather which has struck countries across the world.
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Children blow their toy horns in Divisoria market as the Philippines gears up for New Year in Manila on December 29, 2010.
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Underprivileged Indian children fly kites with wish notes attached in Kolkata on December 31, 2010. Some hundred slum dwelling children took part in an unique kite flying ceremony where they attached new year's wishes with their kites. New Year revelers around the planet will welcome 2011 in a blaze of fireworks and parties Friday, temporarily banishing the misery of extreme weather which has struck countries across the world.
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A South Korean diver dressed as a rabbit holds a placard reading "Happy New Year" as a school of fish swim by during an event to mark the upcoming Year of the Rabbit at the COEX Aquarium in Seoul on December 31, 2010. The year of 2011 is the 'Year of Rabbit" under the 12-year Chinese calendar where each year is named after one of the 12 key animals in turn.
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Zoo owner Manny Tangco (C) holds up a rabbit and a tiger cub at the Malabon Zoo in Malabon, in northern Metro Manila on December 28, 2010 to illustrate the shift from the "Year of the Tiger" to the "Year of the Rabbit". China and many other parts of Asia will celebrate the start of the "Year of the Rabbit" at Lunar New Year in early February 2011, in accordance with the Chinese calendar that works on a 12-year cycle.
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Nepalese indigenous Gurung community members in traditional attire play music as they take part in a New Years celebration ceremony in Kathmandu on December 30, 2010. The Gurung ethnic group are indigenous people of Nepal's mountainous valleys and have a population of 700,000, or three percent of the Himalayan nation's population.
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People dressed as the Russian Santa Claus, Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) (L) and his companion Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) (R), take part a New Year parade in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, on December 31, 2010. New Year, which was the biggest informal holiday of the year in the former Soviet Union, is also very popular in predominantly Muslim Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan.
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A woman wearing the costume of a Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) (L), the traditional companion of Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost-- the Russian Santa Claus), walks outside of the Red Square in Moscow, on December 31, 2010. New Year is the biggest holiday of the year in Russia, and is followed by the Orthodox Christmas on January 7.
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Members of the Etiwanda Marching Eagle Regiment perform during a warm up in Trafalgar Square on December 30, 2010 in London, England. The bands from the USA, are to perform at the 25th anniversary New Year's Day Parade through Central London tomorrow. Many of the musicians have been stranded in the USA, after flights were canceled due to heavy snow.
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The Times Square New Year's Eve Ball is tested the day before New Year's Eve December 30, 2010 in New York City. The 11,875-pound Waterford crystal ball will descend a 141-foot tall flagpole to mark the beginning of 2011.
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A woman walks past a new year greeting in front of an office building in Beijing on December 31, 2010. China has ordered major state-owned companies to divert more of their profits to the central government, a move that will give Beijing more money to spend on education and healthcare services while it seeks to narrow the country's widening wealth gap.
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Workers prepare for a new year ceremony in front of the presidential office in Taipei on December 31, 2010. Tens of thousands of people are expected to join the ceremony on January 1, 2011 to mark the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of China.
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Tourists walk past a decoration to celebrate the upcoming New Year festival, near a shopping mall in Bangkok on December 27, 2010. Around 89 billion bahts (2.97 billion USD) is forecast to be circulated during the upcoming New Year festival, a 10.5-per cent rise year-on-year in all types of expenses, according to the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) Economic and Business Forecasting Centre.
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