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Celebrations as 2013 dawns
Fireworks explode at the stroke of midnight in Times Square on January 1, 2013 in New York City.
Confetti is dropped on revelers at midnight during New Year celebrations in Times Square in New York January 1, 2013.
Fireworks explode above Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro January 1, 2013.
Fireworks explode in the sky above the Quadriga on the Brandenburg Gate during the New Year's celebrations in Berlin, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
Fireworks explode over Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben clock to celebrate the New Year in London on Jan. 1.
People gather to celebrate the New Year at the Piazza San Marco in Venice, early on January 1.
A woman sells "Old Year" dolls in the streets of Cali, Colombia, on December. It is a popular tradition in Colombia to burn "Old Year" dolls (made of cardboard, sawdust and cloth and which represent the bad things of the year that goes) on the last night of the year.
People gather on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris to celebrate the New Year, late on December 31.
A banner reads 'Socialism or death' at a street in downtown Havana, Cuba on December 31. Hundreds of banners have been placed around Havana streets celebrating New Year´s Eve and the 54th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution that took place on January 1. 1959.
New York City
Jackielyn Junio, center, from Silver Springs, Md., waits to be searched and claim a spot in Times Square in New York, in Dec. 31. One million people are expected to cram into the area for the countdown.
New York City
Benjamin Nadorf, 4, fools around with his new glasses while waiting for the New Year in Times Square in New York, on Dec. 31.
Fireworks explode from Taiwan's tallest skyscraper, the Taipei 101 during New Year celebrations in Taipei on Jan. 1, 2013. The Chinese characters read "Taipei 101".
Chinese people wave national flags as they celebrate the New Year during a count-down event at the Summer Palace in Beijing, on Jan. 1.
Pope Benedict XVI arrives in front of the nativity crib in Saint Peter's Square after celebrating the Vespers and Te Deum prayers in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Dec. 31.
People wait before the countdown to the New Year near the Shwe Da Gon pagoda and Kandawgyi Lake in Yangon on Dec. 31. Some 50,000 people were expected to gather at the revered golden Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon for the city's first public countdown to the New Year and fireworks.
Fireworks explode at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre over the Victoria Harbor to celebrate the 2013 New Year in Hong Kong on Jan. 1.
Thousands of people flock to the main business district on New Year's eve in Jakarta, Indonesia, late on Dec. 31.
A general view of the start of the San Silvestre race held in Gijon, Asturias, Spain on Dec. 31, where around 5,000 people have taken part.
Fireworks light up the new year over Sydney Harbor Bridge on Jan. 1, 2013.
Fireworks are let off from Sydney Harbor Bridge at midnight on Dec. 31, 2012.
Indian sportsmen light candles to welcome the New Year in Allahabad on Dec. 31.
Horse riders pass a chapel during the traditional New Year's ride in Westhausen on Dec. 31. Over a hundred equestrians took part in the event, a tradition that dates back to the 17th century.
New York City
Traders wear New Year's party glasses while they work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Dec. 31.
A woman is drenched with water splashed from an office in downtown Montevideo on Dec. 31. On the last work day of the year, ripped pages from calendars and buckets of water are thrown out of office windows in the financial district of the Uruguayan capital in celebration of the end of the year.
Shinto priests leave the worship hall and south gate after performing a ritual in preparation for the new year at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo on Dec. 31. An estimated three million people will visit the shrine to pray for their health, happiness and prosperity during the first three days of the new year.
A man wearing a party hat waits in anticipation of New Year's Eve celebrations on Sydney Harbor on Dec. 31.
Members of the Cryophil amateur winter bathing club swim with a "New Year tree" in the Yenisei River in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on Dec. 30.
People walk down North Bridge carrying lit torches during the annual torchlight procession to mark the start of Hogmanay (New Year) celebrations in Edinburgh on Dec. 30.
Hundreds of people run into the water for the traditional San Silvestre Swim at the Mlagros beach in Tarragona, Catalonia on Dec. 31.
Vlaardingen, The Netherlands
Youths prepare a bonfire in Vlaardingen on Dec. 30. It is traditional in the Netherlands to light a bonfire to welcome in the New Year.