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January 2, 2013

2013: Marking the New Year

Around the globe people celebrated with fireworks, kisses, toasts, cheers, and plunges into icy bodies of water to welcome the new year. Here's a look at how some of them marked the transition. -- Lloyd Young ( 39 photos total)

A woman celebrates the new year as she watches fireworks exploding above Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on Jan. 1. More than two million people gathered along Rio's most famous beach to witness the 20-minute display and celebrate the beginning of a new year. (Pilar Olivares/Reuters)

A reveler joins festivities at a count-down event for the new year at the Summer Palace in Beijing on Dec. 31. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images) #

People celebrate as the stroke of midnight rings in the new year in Times Square on Jan. 1 in New York City. Approximately one million people were expected to ring in the new year in Times Square. (Monika Graff/Getty Images) #

Performers display the national flag during a flag-raising ceremony at the Presidential Office Square in Taipei on Jan. 1. Thousands of people attended the event on New Year's Day to celebrate the 101st anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China. (Andy Cheng/AFP/Getty Images) #

People watch fireworks along Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on Jan. 1 during celebrations by over three million people attending New Year's Eve festivities. World cities from Sydney and Hong Kong to Dubai and London rang in the New Year with spectacular fireworks, as revelers at Times Square in New York sought to top off the global extravaganza. (Ari Versiani/AFP/Getty Images) #

Ronnie "Tank" Campbell of Fayetteville, N.C. portrays Baby New Year on the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, on Dec. 31. "This is what keeps me warm," said the 315 lb. truck driver, referring to his pina colada. (Jeff Scheid/Las Vegas Review-Journal via Associated Press) #

South Korean singer Psy performs his dance hit "Gangnam Style" during new year's celebrations in Times Square in New York, on Dec. 31. (Gary Hershorn/Reuters) #

A flower that was thrown into the sea as an offering by followers of the Afro-Brazilian religion Umbanda is seen on the shore of Praia Vermelha (Red Beach) in Rio de Janeiro on Dec. 31. Every end of the year, worshippers present gifts to the sea goddess to give thanks for the year that is finishing and ask for blessings for the upcoming new year. (Pilar Olivares/Reuters) #

An Indian woman applies colored powder to her "rangoli", a Hindu ritual design, in front of her house in Hyderabad on Jan. 1. Rangolis are drawn in front of homes early in the morning with a beautiful motif to welcome relatives and friends to mark the New Year. (Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images) #

A South African member of the Cape Minstrel bands poses for the photographer as he attends the annual 'Tweede Nuwe Yaar' (second new year) carnival through the streets of Cape Town, South Africa, on Jan. 2. The annual parade dates back to the days of slavery when slaves were granted a holiday on this day each year. The carnival includes about 60 troupes of brightly-dressed minstrels and marching bands competing over several days for a grand prize as the parade also known as the Kaapse Klopse makes its way through the tourist lined streets of the city center. (Nic Bothma/European Pressphoto Agency) #

A man sells "Old Year" dolls in the streets of Cali, Colombia, on Dec. 31. 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. (Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Filipino boy lifts his bandaged hand as he is treated for injuries from a firecracker explosion at the East Avenue Medical Center in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Jan. 1. Despite a ban by authorities on certain firecrackers due to injuries and death, many Filipinos still welcome the New Year with fireworks in the belief that it will drive away evil spirits and bring in good luck. (Aaron Favila/Associated Press) #

Members of the historic grenadier corps fire twelve shots in salute of the new year in Villingen-Schwenningen, southern Germany, on Jan. 1. The first new year cannonade took place in 1633. (Patrick Seeger/Associated Press) #

People celebrate the first public countdown to the New Year in Yangon on Dec. 3. 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. (Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Sri lankan buddhist monk offers special prayers at the Kelaniya Temple on Dec. 3 in Kelaniya. Many Sri Lankans marked the beginning of the 2013 New Year with religious ceremonies. (Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images) #

Fireworks illuminate the sky next to the Grossmuenster cathedral during the New Year's Eve festivities in Zurich, Switzerland, on Jan. 1. (Walter Bieri/European Pressphoto Agency) #

People pray for their family's health, happiness and prosperity for the New Year at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, on Dec. 31. It is expected that about three million people will visit the shrine during the first three days of the new year. (Kimimasa Mayama/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Confetti is dropped on revelers at midnight during New Year celebrations in Times Square in New York City on Jan. 1. (Gary Hershorn/Reuters) #

A couple with champagne glasses stand on a hotel balcony as fireworks explode over Edinburgh Castle during the Hogmanay (New Year) street party celebrations in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Jan. 1. (David Moir/Reuters) #

A reveler dances in a doorway on a side street after not being allowed into the Times Square area during the New Year's celebration on Dec. 31 in New York City. (Mary Altaffer/Associated Press) #

An empty bottle on New Year's Day with a cleaner at work on background on New Year's Day in Leidseplein, Amsterdam. Cleaners were early on the road to clean up the remaining rest of the turn of the year celebrations. (Evert Elzinga/European Pressphoto Agency #

A security guard stands behind a New Year signboard at Myanmar's first public New Year countdown celebrations on Myoma grounds in Yangon on Dec. 31. (Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters) #

People celebrate New Year's Eve in Geneva, Switzerland, on Jan. 1. (Jean-Christophe Bott/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Revelers celebrate as hundreds of thousands of people gather in Times Square on New Year's Eve on Dec. 31 in New York City. Approximately one million people are expected to ring in the new year in Times Square. (Monika Graff/Getty Images) #

Fireworks over the iconic London Eye marking the coming of the New Year in Central London on Jan. 1. Over 250,000 people were expected to take part in the festivities on the banks of the river Thames. (George Henton/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Pakistani youths celebrate the New Year on a street in Lahore on Jan. 1. (Mohsin Raza/Reuters) #

People dance after taking part in the traditional New Year's swimming at the Geluzis Lake on Jan. 1 in Vilnius, Lithuania. (Petras Malukas/AFP/Getty Images) #

A lone diver runs into the North Sea during the Nieuwjaarsduik (New Year's dive) on Jan. 1 in Scheveningen, the Netherlands. (Robin Utrecht/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Over 1,000 New Year swimmers, many in costume, braved freezing conditions in the River Forth in front of the Forth Rail Bridge during the annual Loony Dook Swim on Jan. 1 in South Queensferry, Scotland. Thousands of people gathered last night to see in the New Year at Hogmanay celebrations in towns and cities across Scotland. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) #

A worker uses a mobile phone as he rests beneath a lantern at the Summer Palace prior to a new year count-down event in Beijing on Dec. 31. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images) #

Joleen Santiago and Daniel Alcala take a break from the action at a bus stop during the New Year's Eve celebration on the Las Vegas Strip on Dec. 31. (Jason Bean/Las Vegas Review-Journal via Associated Press) #

A worshiper prays at a temple in Colombo on Jan. 1 to welcome in the New Year. Asian cities brought in the New Year in spectacular style the night before after Sydney set off a global wave of fireworks, with long-isolated Yangon joining the pyrotechnic celebrations for the first time. (Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images) #

Gary Marion, portraying female impersonator Sushi, hangs in an oversized replica of a women's red high heel over Duval Street, late Monday night, Dec. 31 at the Bourbon Street Pub Complex in Key West, Fla. The Red Shoe Drop has become a Key West tradition and is one of five Florida Keys warm-weather takeoffs on New York City's Times Square ball drop marking the beginning of the new year. (Andy Newman/AFP/Getty Images) #

People celebrate the New Year at the Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy early on Jan. 1. (Andrea Pattaro/AFP/Getty Images) #

Workers begin cleaning up the confetti that was dropped on revelers at midnight during New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square in New York City. (Gary Hershorn/Reuters) #

A girl kisses her boyfriend in Porto city, Portugal, on Jan. 1 during the New Year celebrations. (Jose Coelho/European Pressphoto Agency) #

A view of Fireworks rise above clouds and fog, during New Year's celebrations, early on Jan. 1 as seen from Smarna Gora, the highest hill in Ljubljana, Slovenia. (Jure Makovec/AFP/Getty Images) #

A reveler stands beside emptied barricades, confetti, and debris in Times Square after midnight in New York City. With fireworks, concerts and celebrations from Hong Kong to New York, revelers welcomed 2013 with hope for a better future after a year that came to a close with a disastrous storm, gun violence, and talk of economic turmoil from the looming fiscal cliff. (John Minchillo/Associated Press) #