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In pictures: New Year celebrations from around the world

January 1, 2013

Myanmar prepares for their first ever public New Year celebrations. Lynn Bo Bo / EPA
Myanmar prepares for their first ever public New Year celebrations. Lynn Bo Bo / EPA
Shinto priests attend a end-of-the-year purification ceremony to prepare for New Year's Day at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP Photo
Shinto priests attend a end-of-the-year purification ceremony to prepare for New Year's Day at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP Photo
T closing figures on the Hang Seng index in Hong Kong. Antony Dickson / AFP Photo
T closing figures on the Hang Seng index in Hong Kong. Antony Dickson / AFP Photo
Indian artist Harwinder Singh Gill displays his sculpture in Amritsar. Narinder Nanu / AFP Photo
Indian artist Harwinder Singh Gill displays his sculpture in Amritsar. Narinder Nanu / AFP Photo
Indian kite maker Jagmohan Kanojia flies a kite with new year greetings in Amritsar. Narinder Nanu / AFP Photo
Indian kite maker Jagmohan Kanojia flies a kite with new year greetings in Amritsar. Narinder Nanu / AFP Photo
A Filipino vendor arranges fireworks for New Year celebrations in Manila. Cheryl Ravelo / Reuters
A Filipino vendor arranges fireworks for New Year celebrations in Manila. Cheryl Ravelo / Reuters
A trader wearing "Happy New Year" glasses works on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange in New York on New Year's Eve. Seth Wenig / AP Photo
A trader wearing 'Happy New Year' glasses works on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange in New York on New Year's Eve. Seth Wenig / AP Photo
People look at the Tokyo Tower illuminated to celebrate the New Year in Japan. Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters
People look at  the Tokyo Tower illuminated to celebrate the New Year in Japan. Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters
Tourists pose outside the Taj Mahal in Agra ahead of the New Year.
Tourists pose outside the Taj Mahal in Agra ahead of the New Year.
Fireworks light up Sydney harbour for New Year's Day. Damian Shaw / EPA
Fireworks light up Sydney harbour for New Year's Day. Damian Shaw / EPA
Thousands of revellers take part in the annual Johannesburg Carnival in South Africa. Kim Ludbrook / EPA
Thousands of revellers take part in the annual Johannesburg Carnival in South Africa. Kim Ludbrook / EPA
Fireworks erupt over on the Elbe river in Dresden, eastern Germany on January 1, 2013 in Berlin during the New Year's celebrations. AFP Photo / Robert Michael
Fireworks erupt over on the Elbe river in Dresden, eastern Germany on January 1, 2013 in Berlin during the New Year's celebrations. AFP Photo / Robert Michael
Fireworks explode over the London Eye in central London, as part of the New Year celebrations. AP Photo/PA, Dominic Lipinski.
Fireworks explode over the London Eye in central London, as part of the New Year celebrations. AP Photo/PA, Dominic Lipinski.
Neon Trees perform during New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square in New York, December, 31, 2012. AFP Photo / Emmanuel Dunand.
Neon Trees perform during New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square in New York, December, 31, 2012. AFP Photo / Emmanuel Dunand.