Watch The World Celebrate 2014

Happy New Year, world!

1. USA


Confetti flies over Times Square in New York City at midnight.

2. Canada

Canadian Press

Fireworks explode during New Year’s Eve celebrations at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto.

3. England

Getty Images

Fireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight in London.

4. Australia

Jason Reed / Reuters

Fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour at midnight, ushering in the new year on Jan. 1, 2014.

5. Brazil


Fireworks light the sky over Copacabana beach during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Rio de Janeiro.

6. Japan

Yuya Shino / Reuters

Shinto priests walk past lanterns after a ritual to usher in the New Year at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.

7. Malaysia

Samsul Said / Reuters

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

8. Nepal

Navesh Chitrakar / Reuters

A man lights a butter lamp during evening prayers in Hanumandhoka Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal.

9. Brazil

Paulo Whitaker / Reuters

Balloons, in the form of the Brazilian national flag, are released into the skies above Sao Paulo downtown during the year-end celebrations.

Paulo Whitaker / Reuters

A man arranges balloons to be released into the skies above Sao Paulo downtown during year end celebrations.

11. 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.

Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters

People celebrate the arrival of the new year during a New Year’s countdown event at the Great Wall in Beijing on Jan. 1, 2014.

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.

14. Taiwan

Stringer/Taiwan / Reuters

Fireworks explode from Taiwan’s tallest skyscraper, the Taipei 101 during New Year celebrations on Jan. 1, 2014.

15. New York

Zoran Milich / Reuters

People line up behind barricades before New Year’s Eve celebrations in Times Square in New York on Dec. 31.

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.

17. South Africa

AP Photo

Revellers celebrate on New Year’s Eve below a projected image of former South African President Nelson Mandela in Cape Town, South Africa.

18. India

AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool

A man runs as firecrackers burst around him on the street during New Year celebrations in Mumbai, India on Jan 1, 2014.


New Year’s Eve celebration at Park Street, Kolkata. Every year, New Year’s is celebrated at midnight on Park Street, the biggest celebration in Kolkata.

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.

21. Lithuania

AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis

Fireworks light the sky above the Cathedral Square in Vilnius, Lithuania shortly after midnight during the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

22. 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.

23. Pakistan

Athar Hussain / Reuters

A man leads his horse as he walks past a “Welcome to 2014” message left by a visitor on New Year’s Eve, along Karachi’s Clifton Beach.

24. 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.

26. Indonesia

AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana

Fireworks explode as thousands of people gather to watch in the main business district on New Year’s Eve in Jakarta.

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.

AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati

Balinese girls in traditional costumes gather during a parade for this year’s last sundown in Bali island, Indonesia, on New Year’s Eve.

29. 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.

30. 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.

AP Photo/Martin Mejia

A shaman, right, performs a New Year’s ritual to bring good luck to her client for the coming year, at the Market of Wishes in Lima.

32. 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.

33. 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.

Maxim Shemetov / Reuters

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.

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.

Tatyana Makeyeva / Reuters

Fireworks explode in the sky during New Year celebrations in Moscow’s Red Square January 1, 2014.

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.

39. 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.

Handout / Reuters
Stringer / Reuters

42. 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.

43. France

Benoit Tessier / Reuters

A reveller (unseen) writes “2014” with sparklers ahead of New Year’s Eve, in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

44. Myanmar

Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters

Fireworks explode above the Kayawait palace hotel during a New Year’s party in Yangon.

45. 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.

46. South Korea

AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon

Buddhists attend New Year’s Eve celebrations at the Bongeun Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea on Jan. 1, 2014.

AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon

A couple poses under an illuminated tunnel to celebrate the upcoming New Year at Garden of Morning Calm in Gapyeong, South Korea.

48. Germany

Tobias Schwarz / Reuters

Fireworks explode next to the Quadriga sculpture atop the Brandenburg gate during New Year celebrations in Berlin on Jan. 1, 2014.

49. Greece

Yorgos Karahalis / Reuters

Fireworks explode over the temple of the Parthenon atop the Acropolis hill during New Year’s celebrations in Athens.

50. Scotland

Russell Cheyne / Reuters

A view of the Hogmanay (New Year) street party celebrations in Edinburgh, Scotland.

51. Sweden

REUTERS/Anders Wiklund/TT News Agency

Fireworks explode over Skepsbron street during New Year’s Eve celebrations in central Stockholm.

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