New Year’s Eve 2013 – photos of global celebrations
HAPPY NEW YEAR! The world marks 2013:
Pope Benedict XVI blesses the blesses the Holy Gospel as he celebrates a mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
A firework display explodes off Taiwan’s tallest skyscraper Taipei101 to usher in the New Year, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 in Taipei, Taiwan.
Fireworks explode in front of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre over the Victoria Harbor as celebrating the 2013 New Year in Hong Kong Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013
Sri Lankan prison officer stands guard as inmates pray during a religious ceremony at Welikada prison on the eve of the new year in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. Inmates of the Welikada prison, one of the largest prisons in Sri Lanka housing over four thousand prisoners, invoked blessings and ushered in the new year by engaging in Buddhist rituals.
People gather to celebrate the New Year at Imjingak in Paju near the border village of the Panmunjom, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. About 5,000 participents prayed for a peaceful solution to the rising tension over North Korea’s nuclear weapons programs and hope for an early reunification of the divided Koreas.
Celebrations get under way as the drumming band Spark go through Newcastle city centre
North Koreans play with a balloon as they wait outside Pyongyang stadium for the countdown to the new year on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012
(left to right) Katy Saunders, Alex Mueller, Rebekka Frank and Arina Motamedi play with sparklers ahead of bringing in the new year during the 2013 Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations in Scotland
Members of the public line the streets of Dublin Ireland for the start of The Gathering Ireland 2013 – a year-long celebration of all things Irish, with the People’s Procession of Light as part of the city’s New Year’s Eve Festival.
Party-goers ahead of bringing in the new year during the 2013 Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations in Scotland.
Fireworks light the sky above the Cathedral Square in Vilnius shortly after midnight, greeting the New Year, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Thousands of people celebrated the beginning of the New Year 2013 in the Lithuanian capital.
Fireworks explode in the sky above the Quadriga on the Brandenburg Gate during the New Year celebrations in Berlin
Revellers celebrate the New Year on the Champs Elysee in Pari
Iraqi tourists pose for a photograph in front of a Christmas tree, celebrate the new year during a countdown event in downtown Beirut, Lebanon
Revellers kiss each other during New Year’s celebrations in Madrid, Spain
Fireworks explode behind the Opera House during the New Year celebrations in Sydney, Australia,
Fireworks explode above the statue of King Carol I, downtown Bucharest, Romania
Young residents watch fireworks exploding over Copacabana beach during new year celebrations at the Pavao Pavaozinho slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. With a clear viewing of Rio’s firework celebration that bring in the new year, Brazilian Azelina dos Santos charges as much as $500 for a spot on her shanty town rooftop, where there is room for 60 guests; 30 locals and 30 out-of-towners. She says she mixes up the numbers to encourage integration.
Buddhist monks take up alms from Thai people during a mass alm offering to celebrate the New Year Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Confetti and other items from the New Year’s festivities litters the street in New York’s Times Square early Tuesday morning Jan. 1, 2013
An elderly Chinese woman offers prayer for good on the first day of the New Year at the Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
Rachel Schaefer of Denver, second from right, and others smoke marijuana on the official opening night of Club 64, a marijuana-specific social club, where a New Year’s Eve party was held, in Denver, Monday Dec. 31, 2012.