New Year’s Eve Around the World

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A woman receives a shower of flower petals by shamans performing a ritual, as they offer predictions for the new year at Agua Dulce beach in Lima December 29, 2014. The ritual is an end-of-the-year tradition and the shamans used the chance to ask for world peace and better relations between the U.S. and Cuba for 2015. (Photo by Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters)

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A follower of the Afro-Brazilian religion Umbanda carries offerings for Iemanja, goddess of the sea, in Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro December 29, 2014. (Photo by Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)

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A follower of the Afro-Brazilian religion Umbanda carries offerings for Iemanja, goddess of the sea, in Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro December 29, 2014. Worshippers present gifts to the sea goddess at the end of every year, to give thanks and ask for blessings for the upcoming new year. (Photo by Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)

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A girl holds her mother’s skirt, as followers of the Afro-Brazilian religion Umbanda observe offerings for Iemanja, goddess of the sea, in Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro December 29, 2014. (Photo by Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)

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Followers of the Afro-Brazilian religion Umbanda carry offerings and an image of Iemanja, goddess of the sea, in Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro December 29, 2014. (Photo by Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)

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A person dressed as cartoon character Homer Simpson sits on an NYPD security barricade in Times Square as preparations are made for New Years Eve in New York December 29, 2014. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

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An effigy symbolising the year 2014 is seen at the entrance of a residential building in downtown Havana, December 29, 2014. The effigy will be burnt on midnight on December 31 as a way of welcoming the new year. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

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Holiday-goers choose fruits at a fruit market to buy assorted round shaped fruits in Manila December 30, 2014. Filipinos carry out a tradition of buying 12 different types of round fruits, each symbolising a month of the year, for good fortune for the coming New Year. (Photo by Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)

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A vendor blows a paper horn to attract customers at a market in Manila December 30, 2014. Horns, which cost around 50 pesos ($1.13) to 150 pesos ($3.40) a piece, are popular alternative noise makers to dangerous firecrackers during the New Year revelry. (Photo by Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)

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A girl plays in a basement with festive decorations used as a bombshelter in Donetsk December 30, 2014. (Photo by Igor Tkachenko/Reuters)

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A boy plays in a basement with festive decorations used as a bombshelter in Donetsk December 30, 2014. (Photo by Igor Tkachenko/Reuters)

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A girl sits in a basement with festive decorations used as a bombshelter in Donetsk December 30, 2014. (Photo by Igor Tkachenko/Reuters)

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Balloons are released into the sky as part of year-end celebrations in Sao Paulo December 30, 2014. (Photo by Paulo Whitaker/Reuters)

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People sit next to masks on a street in Quito December 30, 2014. (Photo by Guillermo Granja/Reuters)

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Thiebault, a homeless man, takes cover from the rain as he begs in Nice, southern France, December 16, 2014. Five homeless people have died since Saturday in France, alleged victims of the cold wave, a “terrible litany” according to the Abbe Pierre Foundation, which reopens the debate on the “poor housing” in the country. According to the INSEE national statistics office, the number of homeless has increased by 44% in France in 11 years. In 2012, 111,700 homeless people, including 31,000 children, were identified in the French medium and large cities, a report published last November by the office announced. (Photo by Eric Gaillard/Reuters)

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A worker checks on balloons that will be handed out to revelers in Times Square on New Year’s Eve in New York December 30, 2014. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

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Customers try on masks at a mask factory in Quito December 30, 2014. (Photo by Guillermo Granja/Reuters)

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A customer tries on a mask at a mask factory in Quito December 30, 2014. (Photo by Guillermo Granja/Reuters)

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Gabriel Quinonez poses next to handmade masks in Quito December 30, 2014. (Photo by Guillermo Granja/Reuters)

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Christoph Kohler (L) and Carola Kohler from Freiburg, Germany, wear novelty hats as they prepare to usher in 2015 in Sydney December 31, 2014. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

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A performer takes a break during a performance in Kunming, Yunnan province December 30, 2014. The show is held to celebrate the coming 2015, which is the year of sheep in Chinese zodiac calendar, according to local media. (Photo by Wong Campion/Reuters)

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A performer in a ram costume looks at his phone backstage during a performance in Kunming, Yunnan province December 30, 2014. (Photo by Wong Campion/Reuters)

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A performer stands backstage during a performance in Kunming, Yunnan province December 30, 2014. (Photo by Wong Campion/Reuters)

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Students with dragon dance props form “2015” to welcome the upcoming New Year at an art school in Hefei, Anhui province, December 31, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

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Some of 198 participants carry torches as they take part in the traditional 42nd New Year’s eve swim in Lake Constance in Konstanz, Germany, 29 December 2014. Sports and rescue divers as well as amateurs swam in six degrees Celsius cold water. (Photo by Patrick Seeger/EPA)

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Indian students dressed as Santa Claus hold kites and dance as they participate in a function to welcome the New Year at a school in Ahmadabad, India, Wednesday, December 31, 2014. (Photo by Ajit Solanki/AP Photo)

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People watch at workers and the cast of Disney’s Aladdin musical performing a Confetti Test as preparations are underway for the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration, on Times Square in New York, New York, USA, 29 December 2014. Thousands of people every year attend the “Ball Drop” party on the city’s famous square when an illuminated globe slides down a pole on the roof of the One Time Square building in the last minute of the old year, illuminating the New Year’s number at midnight. (Photo by Andrew Gombert/EPA)

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Indian students form numbers representing the year 2015 during a function to welcome the New Year at a school in Ahmadabad, India, Wednesday, December 31, 2014. (Photo by Ajit Solanki/AP Photo)

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Visitors admire a large object of a sheep at the Tatsumizu shrine in Tsu in Mie prefecture, central Japan on December 30, 2014, to celebrate the upcoming “Year of the Sheep”. New Year’s Day is one of the most important holidays of the year in Japan, with many people visiting their hometowns and visiting temples and shrines. (Photo by AFP Photo/JIJI Press)

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A Nepalese Gurung community woman, wearing traditional attire, dances during a parade to mark their New Year know as “Tamu Loshar” in Katmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, December 30, 2014. The indigenous Gurungs, also known as Tamu, are celebrating their new year, welcoming the year of the Sheep. (Photo by Niranjan Shrestha/AP Photo)

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A Nepalese Gurung community man carries a plough and participates in a parade to mark their New Year know as “Tamu Loshar” in Katmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, December 30, 2014. (Photo by Niranjan Shrestha/AP Photo)

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Sudhakar Yadav, the designer of a cake-shaped car, rides it on a street on New Years’ eve in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday, December 31, 2014. The single seater vehicle is powered by a 100 cc engine from a road sweeping machine and can travel unto 10 kilometers per hour (6 miles per hour). (Photo by Mahesh Kumar A./AP Photo)

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A long exposure picture shows the number 2015 written with sparklers in the air in front of the “Neues Schloss” (New Palace) in Stuttgart, Germany, 29 December 2014, during preparations for New Year’s Eve celebrations. (Photo by Inga Kjer/EPA)

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