New Year’s Celebrations Around the World, Part 1

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Images of Terra Cotta Warriors are projected on a building during a light show as part of a New Year countdown celebration rehearsal on The Bund in Shanghai, December 30, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

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Onlookers write and post their New Year wishes on a wishing wall display at a mall in Quezon city, metro Manila December 31, 2014. The mall is gathering about 50,000 wishes, which will be used as confetti for its New Year celebrations alongside festive fireworks. (Photo by Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)

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A woman writes her New Year wishes on a wishing wall display at a mall in Quezon city, metro Manila December 31, 2014. (Photo by Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)

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Students form “2015” standing on snow to welcome the upcoming New Year at Shenyang Agriculture University in Shenyang, Liaoning province, December 31, 2014. (Photo by /Reuters)

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Shinto priests wear asagutsu wooden shoes as they arrive for a ritual during ceremonies bidding farewell to 2014, ahead of New Year’s Day, at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo December 31, 2014. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

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A woman wears a head band displaying 2015 as she waits for the annual New Year fireworks display on Sydney Harbour December 31, 2014. More than 10,000 aerial fireworks, 25,000 shooting comets and 100,000 pyrotechnic effects will be used during this year’s Sydney Harbour New Year’s Eve show, with an estimated 1.2 million people watching from along the harbour foreshore, local media reported. (Photo by David Gray/Reuters)

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A Shinto priest conducts a ritual during ceremonies bidding farewell to 2014, ahead of New Year’s Day, at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo December 31, 2014. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

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A Shinto priest runs across the yard during ceremonies bidding farewell to 2014, ahead of New Year’s Day, at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo December 31, 2014. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

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epaselect epa04543372 Shinto musicians purify to attend a yearend ritual in preparation for the New Year at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, 31 December 2014. More than three million people are expected to visit the shrine to pray for their prosperity and health in the coming year during the first three days of the New Year 2015. (Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA)

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A light bulb motif made from LED lights is pictured on the side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge following the annual fireworks display to usher in the new year, early January 1, 2015. More than 10,000 aerial fireworks, 25,000 shooting comets and 100,000 pyrotechnic effects were used during the annual Sydney Harbour New Year’s Eve show, with an estimated 1.6 million people watching from along the harbour foreshore, local media reported. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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A woman uses an umbrella to protect herself from rain during New Year celebrations at the Brandenburger Tor gate in Berlin December 31, 2014. (Photo by Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters)

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People attend New Year celebrations at the Brandenburger Tor gate in Berlin December 31, 2014. (Photo by Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters)

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People release balloons during New Year celebrations in Tokyo January 1, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

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A boy lights a candle with his mother before a ceremony to celebrate the new year at Bongeun Buddhist temple in Seoul December 31, 2014. (Photo by Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters)

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Buddhist monks and believers pray during a ceremony to celebrate the new year at Bongeun Buddhist temple in Seoul December 31, 2014. (Photo by Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters)

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A floating installation of 25,000 wishing spheres line the Marina Bay in the backdrop of the city’s financial district ahead of the New Year’s Day countdown celebrations in Singapore December 31, 2014. People penned their New Year wishes on these spheres throughout December to be placed in the waters as part of the New Year Day celebrations, marking the city-state’s 50th year of independence. (Photo by Edgar Su/Reuters)

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A woman wearing a mask of Santa Claus poses for a picture during year-end celebrations in front of the Sphinx at the Giza Pyramids on the outskirts of Cairo December 31, 2014. (Photo by Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)

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Performers celebrate the arrival of the new year in front of the National Stadium, also known as the “Bird’s Nest”, during a new year’s countdown event to celebrate the arrival of the new year and in wishing winning the bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, in Beijing January 1, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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A “Free Syrian Army” fighter sprays graffiti on a wall prior to the new year in Aleppo December 31, 2014. (Photo by Jalal Al-Mamo/Reuters)

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Women wear eyewear in the shape of the year 2015 as they wait for a countdown event to celebrate the arrival of the new year and in wishing winning the bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, in front of the National Stadium, also known as the “Bird’s Nest”, in Beijing December 31, 2014. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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Light and laser illuminate the Lujiazui financial district of Pudong in Shanghai during a light show as part of a New Year countdown celebration on the Bund in Shanghai January 1, 2015. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)

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New Year cakes are displayed outside a shop in Sheikh Maksoud neighbourhood of Aleppo December 31, 2014. (Photo by Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters)

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New Year cakes are displayed outside a shop in Sheikh Maksoud neighbourhood of Aleppo December 31, 2014. (Photo by Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters)

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Schoolchildren’s New Year performance “We Are the Happiest in the World” is given at the Central Youth Hall on the occasion of the New Year, December 31, in this photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 31, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)

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Schoolchildren’s New Year performance “We Are the Happiest in the World” is given at the Central Youth Hall on the occasion of the New Year, December 31, in this photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 31, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)

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Schoolchildren’s New Year performance “We Are the Happiest in the World” is given at the Central Youth Hall on the occasion of the New Year, December 31, in this photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 31, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)

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Schoolchildren’s New Year performance “We Are the Happiest in the World” is given at the Central Youth Hall on the occasion of the New Year, December 31, in this photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 31, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)

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Schoolchildren’s New Year performance “We Are the Happiest in the World” is given at the Central Youth Hall on the occasion of the New Year, December 31, in this photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 31, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)

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A security guard stands in Times Square as streets are closed in preparation for New Year’s Eve celebrations in New York December 31, 2014. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

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Revelers gather in Times Square as streets are closed in preparation for New Year’s Eve celebrations in New York December 31, 2014. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

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Confetti falls on revellers as they watch fireworks in the sky during New Year celebrations in Manila January 1, 2015. (Photo by Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)

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Activists stand over pictures of war victims under candles in a new year event in Salah al-Din neighbourhood in central Aleppo December 31, 2014. (Photo by Hosam Katan/Reuters)

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