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December 30, 2013

Happy New Year, world

Itís time to have a little New Yearís fun. No depressing (yet important) photos of serious events from the year. Just a collection of fun, silly, unusual, picturesque and unique photos of people from different parts of the world either getting ready to celebrate 2014 or already doing so. --Thea Breite (15 photos total)

A reveler writes "2014" with sparklers in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, December 30, 2013. (Benoit Tessier/Reuters)

A man dressed as a Viking takes part in the torchlight procession as it makes its way through Edinburgh for the start of the Hogmanay celebrations on December 30, in Scotland. Around 80,000 people are expected in the city for the traditional New Year celebrations, which run over three days. Tickets have been bought for the event by people from over sixty different countries. (Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images) #

A man watches over turkeys in the village of Baldushk, 16 km from the capital Tirana, Albania on December 30, 2013. According to residents, the price of turkeys, the main dish in the New Year dinner, has risen over the years to around 55 euros, becoming more expensive for many Albanian families. (Arben Celi/Reuters) #

Israeli President Shimon Peres, center, is surrounded by Christian clergy as he hosts a New Year reception for Israel's heads of Christian denominations at his residence in Jerusalem, Israel, 30. (Abir Sultan/EPA) #

A worker takes a break while arranging "wishing spheres" along Marina Bay in Singapore, December 30, 2013. People penned their wishes for the New Year onto the spheres before placing them into the river. (Low Youjin/Reuters) #

A dancer from Romania's northeastern region of Moldova performs the "bear" dance, a ritual for good luck in the New Year, during a traditional parade in Comanesti, 300 km northeast of Bucharest December 30, 2013. In pre-Christian rural traditions dancers used to tour from house to house in villages while singing and dancing to ward off evil. (Bogdan Criste/Reuters) #

A view from above the 25th floor of 1 Times Square during the 2014 New Year's Eve Philips Ball Test at One Times Square on December 30, 2013 in New York City. (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images) #

The ball that will drop at midnight is reflected in a building during a test in Times Square in New York, December 30, 2013. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters) #

Visitors of the New Year's event of the 'Pyroland' fireworks company watch the rehearsal for the big New Year's pyrotechnics show in Lauenbrueck, Germany, December 30, 2013. (Ingo Wagner/EPA) #

Shamans holding posters of U.S. President Barack Obama and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, perform a ritual of predictions for the new year at Agua Dulce beach in Lima December 30, 2013. The ritual is an end-of-the-year tradition and the shamans used the chance to ask for world . (Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters) #

Private guards display their pistols after police officers wrapped the nozzles with tapes in a nationwide campaign to stop gun owners, police and military from firing their guns to welcome the New Year Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Traditionally Filipinos welcome the New Year by exploding firecrackers and making the loudest noise possible, including indiscriminate firing of their guns, which sometimes result in injuries and deaths. (Bullit Marquez/AP) #

Thousands of biodegradable balloons are released by members of the city's commercial association at Patio do Colegio, the site of the city's foundation in 1554, on December 30, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty) #

Myanmar boys wearing school uniforms run as they play near a place decorated for the country's public New Year countdown celebration in Yangon, Myanmar, 30 December 2013. This is only the second official New Year public countdown celebrated in Yangon. (LYNN BO BO/EPA) #

Crews work to install pyrotechnic shots for the upcoming T-Mobile New Yearís at the fireworks display Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at the top of the Space Needle in Seattle, Wash. The show lasts eight minutes and will be set to a musical score of contemporary pop, rock and hip-hop. (Jordan Stead/ #

Indian school children light candles forming the date '2014' at a school in Agartala on December 30, 2013, one day ahead of New Year's celebrations. (Arindam Dey/AFP/Getty Images) #