Confetti flies over Times Square in New York City at midnight.
Fireworks explode during New Year’s Eve celebrations at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto.
Fireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight in London.
Fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour at midnight, ushering in the new year on Jan. 1, 2014.
Fireworks light the sky over Copacabana beach during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Rio de Janeiro.
Shinto priests walk past lanterns after a ritual to usher in the New Year at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
A man lights a butter lamp during evening prayers in Hanumandhoka Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Balloons, in the form of the Brazilian national flag, are released into the skies above Sao Paulo downtown during the year-end celebrations.
Laser lights illuminate the Great Wall of China during a new year countdown event at the Badaling section of the Great Wall, in Beijing on Dec. 31.
Fireworks explode from Taiwan’s tallest skyscraper, the Taipei 101 during New Year celebrations on Jan. 1, 2014.
Revellers celebrate on New Year’s Eve below a projected image of former South African President Nelson Mandela in Cape Town, South Africa.
Fireworks light the sky above the Cathedral Square in Vilnius, Lithuania shortly after midnight during the New Year’s Eve celebrations.
A Thai police officer patrols as people start to gather on a street outside the Central World shopping mall to celebrate the New Year in Bangkok, Thailand.
Dancers from Romania’s northeastern region of Moldova perform the “bear” dance, a ritual for good luck in the New Year, during a traditional parade in Comanesti, Romania.
Children surround Russian Ded Moroz (Father Frost), who arrived in Moscow Zoo as a part of New Year celebrations, in Moscow, Russia. Russians celebrate Orthodox Christmas on Jan. 7.
Fireworks explode over the centre of Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi 2014 winter Olympics, some 25 miles east from Sochi on Jan.1, 2014.
Young members of the “Krepysh” family winter swimming club visit Father Frost and Snegurochka, the Russian equivalents of Santa Claus and Snow Maiden, during a New Year celebration on the banks of the Yenisei River in Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on Dec. 29.
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Fireworks explode in the sky across the whole of The Palm Jumeirah and the The World Islands during an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Firework Display’ in Dubai on Jan. 1, 2014.
Pope Francis holds a monstrance as he celebrates a New Year’s Eve vespers service in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Dec. 31. Francis used his traditional year-end prayer service of thanksgiving to urge people to ask themselves: Did they spend 2013 to further their own interests or to help others? That’s what we all should “courageously” consider as New Year’s celebrations get under way, the pontiff said, as he led the service in St. Peter’s Basilica.
A reveller (unseen) writes “2014” with sparklers ahead of New Year’s Eve, in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Fireworks explode above the Kayawait palace hotel during a New Year’s party in Yangon.
Fireworks are seen as a Palestinian waves a Fatah flag to celebrate the New Year and the 49th anniversary of the founding of the Fatah movement, in Gaza City on Dec. 31.
Buddhists attend New Year’s Eve celebrations at the Bongeun Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea on Jan. 1, 2014.
Fireworks explode next to the Quadriga sculpture atop the Brandenburg gate during New Year celebrations in Berlin on Jan. 1, 2014.
Fireworks explode over the temple of the Parthenon atop the Acropolis hill during New Year’s celebrations in Athens.
A view of the Hogmanay (New Year) street party celebrations in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Fireworks explode over Skepsbron street during New Year’s Eve celebrations in central Stockholm.