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Celebrations as 2013 dawns
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.
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.
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.
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.