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Watch The World Celebrate 2014

Happy New Year, world!

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China

Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters

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.

Tyrone Siu / Reuters

Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year in Hong Kong on Jan. 1, 2014.

AP Photo/Kathy Willens

Veronica Boshen and Brittany Wells, of Allentown, Pa., pose for a photo with their 2014 glasses while waiting for the celebration to begin in Times Square.

AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout

A sand sculpture to celebrate the new year created by sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik at the Puri sea beach near the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar, India.

Uruguay

Andres Stapff / Reuters

A woman is soaked at Montevideo financial district in Uruguay on New Year's Eve.

To mark the last working day of the year, workers throw water at people and discard old calendars.

Philippines

Romeo Ranoco / Reuters

Workers roast freshly slaughtered pigs to sell to customers at a store in Quezon city in the Philippines on Dec. 31. Roasted pigs are famous main courses for midnight feasts during the New Year revelry in the Philippines.

Romeo Ranoco / Reuters

A girl blows a plastic horn to attract customers in front of stalls in Manila on Dec. 30. The Department of Health urged residents to use different kinds of plastic or paper horns rather than firecrackers to celebrate New Years festivities after 193 people in the Philippines were reported injured by fireworks, with five others by stray bullets, a few days before the New Year's eve, local media reported.

AP Photo/Heri Juanda

Sharia police officers stop motorists at a check point set up to prevent people from celebrating New Year's Eve in Banda Aceh, Aceh Province in Indonesia on Dec. 31. New Year's celebrations are widespread in the country except in the province where Islamic clerics prohibit Muslims from celebrating the festivities.

Thailand

AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong

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.

Peru

Enrique Castro-Mendivil / Reuters

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. The ritual is an end-of-the-year tradition and the shamans used the chance to ask for world and regional peace.

Romania

Bogdan Cristel / Reuters

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.

Russia

AP Photo/ Ivan Sekretarev

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.

Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters

A police patrol walks past decorations in preparation for New Year in the Square of Fallen Fighters in Volgograd on Dec. 31. Police detained dozens of people on Tuesday in sweeps through the Russian city of Volgograd after two deadly attacks in less than 24 hours that raised security fears ahead of the Winter Olympics.

Ilya Naymushin / Reuters

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.

Ilya Naymushin / Reuters

Members of the "Cryophil" winter swimming club walk along the Yenisei River holding a Christmas tree, during a New Year celebration in temperatures of 23 degrees Fahrenheit in the city of Krasnoyarsk.

United Arab Emirates

Handout / Reuters

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.

Italy

AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

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.

Gaza City

Mohammed Salem / Reuters

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.

Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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