The world welcomes 2013

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Sydney celebrates

People all over the globe welcome the new year. See gallery

Women wearing New Years themed glasses take up position along the harbour in anticipation of New Years Eve celebrations on Sydney Harbour on December 31, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. 

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Fireworks from the bay

Fireworks explode in front of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre over the Victoria Harbor as celebrating the 2013 New Year in Hong Kong Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 

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Tourists in India

Tourists pose as they carry umbrellas with numbers to welcome the New Year 2013 on the terrace of a hotel in the backdrop of Taj Mahal in Agra, India, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.

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Celebrations in Rio

A follower of the Afro-Brazilian religion Umbanda pays tribute to Lemanja, goddess of the sea, in Praia Vermelha in Rio de Janeiro December 31, 2012. Every end of the year, worshippers present gifts to the sea goddess to give thanks for the year that is finishing and ask for blessings for the upcoming new year.

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A frozen celebration with friends

Members of the Cryophil amateur winter bathing club form a snake figure to symbolize the coming Year of the Snake in the Chinese lunar calendar, during their New Year celebration in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk December 30, 2012.

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Skiing to the new year

A man skis next to a New Year's greeting written in the snow on December 31, 2012 in Gulmarg, to the west of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, India.  Following the second round of heavy snowfall in Kashmir valley, skiers from around the globe have reached the famous ski resort of Gulmarg, located less than six miles from the ceasefire line - or Line of Control, that divides Kashmir from India and Pakistan. The resort is known for long-run skiing, snow-boarding, heli-skiing and steep mountains. A number of foreign governments, including the United Kingdom, have lifted travel advisories to citizens traveling to Kashmir which has raised the hopes of the local tourism industry following violence in the region.

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Balloons fill the new year

People release balloons to celebrate the New Year's during an annual countdown ceremony produced by the Prince Park Tower Tokyo, flagship of the Prince hotel chain in Tokyo on January 1, 2013. Some 1,000 balloons were released in the air with the visitors wishes.  

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Party favorites

A Filipino boy looks as his mother tests a paper horn in downtown Manila, Philippines on Monday Dec. 31, 2012. Despite a ban by authorities on certain firecrackers due to injuries and death, many Filipinos still welcome the New Year with fireworks in the belief that it will drive away evil spirits and bring in good luck.

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New haircut for new year

An Indian barber gives finishing touches to the hair style of a young boy with numbers to welcome the New Year 2013 in Ahmadabad, India, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.

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Picture perfect

Chinese women pose for a photograph near a lanterns with the words "New Year's Day" hang at Qianmen Gate, a spot frequented by tourists in Beijing Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.