Confetti is thrown out of an office window during an "air worthiness test" over New York's Times Square, on Dec. 29, in preparation for the New Year's Eve celebration which has been held in Times Square since 1904.
Thousands of biodegradable balloons released by Sao Paulo's Commercial Association fly over Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Dec. 30, 2009.
A little girl tries on a mask in a street of Quito on December 31, 2009. A traditional New Year custom in Ecuador is to burn rag dolls representing prominent politicians, sport personalities and artists.
RODRIGO BUENDIA (AFP/Getty Images)
A Bengal tiger licks the glass that separates the animal and zoo owner Manny Tangco, who blows a paper horn, on New Year's eve Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at a zoo in suburban Malabon City, north of Manila, Philippines. The coming year 2010 falls on the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese calendar.
Pat Roque (AP Photo)
A time exposure photo created using sparklers shows children celebrating on New Year's eve in Manila on December 31, 2009. Revelers worldwide met the New Year with spectacular fireworks displays and joyful parties against a backdrop of tightened security.
ROMEO GACAD (AFP/Getty Images)
An unsuspecting pedestrian is splashed by a bucket of water coming from an office building in Montevideo's old district, 31 December, 2009. Ripped pages from calendars and water from buckets or in balloons are typically launched from office windows in this neighbourood to celebrate the year coming to an end.
DANIEL CASELLI (AFP/Getty Images)
The "9pm early New Year's Eve fireworks" based on the theme 'Awaken the Spirit' explode over the Sydney Harbour from six barges three hours before midnight on December 31, 2009. Over 1.5 million Sydneysiders and tourists were expected to line the harbour foreshores to watch 120,000 pyrotechnics usher in New Year's Day.
Krystle WRIGHT (AFP/Getty Images)
Shinto priests walk in a line in preparation for the annual end-of-the-year ceremony for New Year's Eve at Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu) in Tokyo on December 31, 2009. The New Year holiday, known as "shogatsu", is the most important holiday in the Japanese year when millions of families countrywide visit local shrines at midnight to mark to new year.
Toru YAMANAKA (AFP/Getty Images)
Fireworks explode over St. Basil cathedral on Red Square in Moscow, early January 1st, 2010. Some 120,000 Russians crowded overnight on Moscow's Red Square to toast the year 2010, as President Dmitry Medvedev thanked his nation for bearing with the economic crisis and evoked family values.
DMITRY KOSTYUKOV (AFP/Getty Images)
Crowds celebrate as balloons are released to mark the New Year at the Zojoji Temple, in Tokyo, seconds after midnight Friday, Jan. 1, 2009.
Greg Baker (AP Photo)
The Citadel is lit up as fire works exploded over the historical building in the center of the northern city of Arbil,320 kms (200 miles) from Baghdad 01 January 2010, as Iraqi Kurds bring in the New Year. Families gathered to watch the fire work display.
SAFIN HAMED (AFP/Getty Images)
Sri Lankan Buddhists light oil lamps at a temple in Kelaniya on January 1, 2010, to mark New Year's Day. Sri Lanka marked the new year in peace following the crushing of Tamil Tiger rebels after 37 years of fighting.
Ishara S.KODIKARA. (AFP/Getty Images)
Fireworks flash over Sydney Harbor during New Year celebrations, Friday, Jan. 1, 2010. The annual fireworks extravaganza over the city's landmark harbor bridge and opera house are the centerpiece of Australia's celebrations, and generate some of the most striking images from a night of revelry across the globe.
Rick Rycroft (AP Photo)
Swimmers jump into the 6 degree water of Lake Geneva as the fountain spouts in the background during the New Year's swim, on January 1, 2010 in Geneva.
FABRICE COFFRINI (AFP/Getty Images)
"Sushi", female impersonator Gary Marion, dangles high above New Year's Eve revelers in a giant reproduction of a woman's high heel at the Bourbon Street Pub late Thursday, December 31, 2009 in Key West, Florida. The Red Shoe Drop has become a Key West tradition to herald the arrival of the new year, answering New York's Times Square ball drop.
Andy Newman (AFP/Getty Images)
A Japanese young girl helped by her mother prays at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, on New Year's Day Friday, Jan. 1, 2010.
Shizuo Kambayashi (AP Photo)
A couple celebrates the New Year at the stroke of midnight on Times Square Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, in New York.
Julie Jacobson (AP Photo)
Indian Sikh devotees wait for their turn to pay homage in front of the Sikh Shrine The Golden Temple in Amritsar early January 1, 2010, on the first day of the New Year. Thousands of Sikh devotees from across India and abroad are preparing to pay obeisance on the occasion of New Year at the temple in northern India.
NARINDER NANU (AFP/Getty Images)
Spaniards gather to celebrate the beginning of New Year's Day in Puerta del Sol in Madrid early on January 1, 2010. Revellers started ringing in the New Year across the globe with spectacular fireworks displays and massive parties hosted by world capitals against a backdrop of tightened security.
DOMINIQUE FAGET (AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli magician Hezi Dean leaves from inside an eight-tonne block of ice at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on December 31, 2009. Dean beat a new record after he stayed in the ice for 64 hours and emerge at midnight on December 31.
JACK GUEZ (AFP/Getty Images)
People click their glasses in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin shortly after midnight, greeting the New Year, Friday, Jan. 1, 2010. Hundred thousands of people celebrated the beginning of the New Year 2010 in Germany's capital.
Gero Breloer (AP Photo)
Thousands of people watch fireworks at Copacabana beach during New Year celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, Jan. 01, 2010.
Felipe Dana (AP Photo)
A Polar Plungers sprints out of the frigid Boulder Reservoir on Friday, January 1, 2010 for this year's Polar Plunge. Many brave souls started their New Year off with a jump into the ice covered water for an Alzheimer's fund raiser.
Cyrus McCrimmon (The Denver Post)
Annie Barr of Boulder shouts for joy after successfully making her Polar Plunge at the Boulder Reservior on Friday, January 1, 2010. Many brave souls started their New Year off with a jump into the ice covered water for an Alzheimer's fund raiser.
Cyrus McCrimmon (The Denver Post)
Source: Pixcetera | Denver Post New Year's gallery
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