New Year’s Eve Celebrations Around The Globe

People gather to celebrate the new year 2012 at the Temple of Heaven, the city's historic landmark in Beijing on January 1, 2012. (Photo credit: LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Beijing People gather to celebrate the new year 2012 at the Temple of Heaven, the city's historic landmark in Beijing on January 1, 2012. (Photo credit: LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Sri Lankan traditional dancer performs in Colombo, on December 31, 2011. The ceremony was conducted to ward off bad spirits in the 2012 New Year. (Photo credit: Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)
Sri Lanka A Sri Lankan traditional dancer performs in Colombo, on December 31, 2011. The ceremony was conducted to ward off bad spirits in the 2012 New Year. (Photo credit: Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)
Residents watch fireworks displays above the Malaysia's iconic landmarks, Twin Towers (R) and Kuala Lumpur Tower (C), duirng the new year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur on January 1, 2012.  (Photo credit: SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Malaysia Residents watch fireworks displays above the Malaysia's iconic landmarks, Twin Towers (R) and Kuala Lumpur Tower (C), duirng the new year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur on January 1, 2012. (Photo credit: SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Young people celebrates New Year's Day at Tokyo's Shibuya district on January 1, 2012. (Photo credit: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
Tokyo Young people celebrates New Year's Day at Tokyo's Shibuya district on January 1, 2012. (Photo credit: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on December 31, 2011 in Arles, southern France, shows a MMS with the New Year greetings on the screen of a smartphone. (Photo credit: GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Arles, France A picture taken on December 31, 2011 in Arles, southern France, shows a MMS with the New Year greetings on the screen of a smartphone. (Photo credit: GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Pakistani barber gives a 2012 hair cut on a man to celebrate New Year at a barber shop in Rawalpindi, on December 31, 2011. (Photo credit: STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
Rawalpindi A Pakistani barber gives a 2012 hair cut on a man to celebrate New Year at a barber shop in Rawalpindi, on December 31, 2011. (Photo credit: STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
Visitors crowd in front of a stage erected in front of Berlin's landmark the Brandenburg Gate, where one of the country's biggest New Year's Parties is expected to be celebrated on December 31, 2011. (Photo credit: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Berlin Visitors crowd in front of a stage erected in front of Berlin's landmark the Brandenburg Gate, where one of the country's biggest New Year's Parties is expected to be celebrated on December 31, 2011. (Photo credit: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Children dance in the streets of Johannesburg on December 31, 2011 during the New Year's carnival. (Photo credit: STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Johannesburg Children dance in the streets of Johannesburg on December 31, 2011 during the New Year's carnival. (Photo credit: STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian artist Harwinder Singh Gill displays a creation made with 250 small flags of different countries reading "Happy New Year 2012" on new year's eve in Amritsar on December 31, 2011. (Photo credit: NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)
Amritsar Indian artist Harwinder Singh Gill displays a creation made with 250 small flags of different countries reading "Happy New Year 2012" on new year's eve in Amritsar on December 31, 2011. (Photo credit: NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)
The Circular Mound is illuminated as Beijing celebrates the New Year's Eve at the Temple of Heaven Park on December 31, 2011 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
Beijing, China The Circular Mound is illuminated as Beijing celebrates the New Year's Eve at the Temple of Heaven Park on December 31, 2011 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
Fireworks light up the skyline over Sydney Harbour during the midnight fireworks session as Sydney Celebrates New Year's Eve with the theme of 'Time To Dream' on January 1, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Sydney, Australia Fireworks light up the skyline over Sydney Harbour during the midnight fireworks session as Sydney Celebrates New Year's Eve with the theme of 'Time To Dream' on January 1, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Indian flower sellers make rose and marigold garlands for customers at a roadside stall in New Delhi on December 31, 2011, on New Year's Eve. (Photo credit: RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images)
New Delhi, India Indian flower sellers make rose and marigold garlands for customers at a roadside stall in New Delhi on December 31, 2011, on New Year's Eve. (Photo credit: RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images)
The top of the Sky Tower is obscured by cloud during the New Years Eve fireworks display on January 01, 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
Auckland, New Zealand The top of the Sky Tower is obscured by cloud during the New Years Eve fireworks display on January 01, 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
The Temple of Heaven (The Qi Nian Temple) is illuminated as Beijing celebrates the New Year's Eve at the Temple of Heaven Park on December 31, 2011 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
Beijing, China The Temple of Heaven (The Qi Nian Temple) is illuminated as Beijing celebrates the New Year's Eve at the Temple of Heaven Park on December 31, 2011 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
People dressed as the Russian Santa Claus, Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) (L) and his companion Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) (2R), take part a New Year parade in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, on December 31, 2011. 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. (Photo credit: VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/Getty Images)
Kyrgyz capital Bishkek People dressed as the Russian Santa Claus, Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) (L) and his companion Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) (2R), take part a New Year parade in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, on December 31, 2011. 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. (Photo credit: VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani Christians hold candles for peace on New Year's Eve celebrations in Lahore on December 31, 2011. (Photo credit Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
Lahore Pakistani Christians hold candles for peace on New Year's Eve celebrations in Lahore on December 31, 2011. (Photo credit Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
Fireworks light up the skyline over Sydney Harbour during the midnight fireworks session as Sydney Celebrates New Year's Eve with the theme of 'Time To Dream' on January 1, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Sydney, Australia
Fireworks light up the skyline over Sydney Harbour during the midnight fireworks session as Sydney Celebrates New Year's Eve with the theme of 'Time To Dream' on January 1, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Fireworks light up the skyline over Sydney Harbour during the midnight fireworks session as Sydney Celebrates New Year's Eve with the theme of 'Time To Dream' on January 1, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
A woman walks past a lightbox with "happy new year" at a shopping mall in Beijing on December 31, 2011. (Photo credit LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Beijing A woman walks past a lightbox with "happy new year" at a shopping mall in Beijing on December 31, 2011. (Photo credit LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images)
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