New Year’s celebration around the world

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Maurizio Palmulli of Italy dives into the Tiber River from the Cavour bridge, as part of traditional New Year celebration on January 1, 2013. Four men dived the muddy waters of the Tiber from the Cavour bridge, continuing an annual tradition which dates back to 1946.

Maurizio Palmulli of Italy dives into the Tiber River from the Cavour bridge, as part of traditional New Year celebration on January 1, 2013. Four men dived the muddy waters of the Tiber from the Cavour bridge, continuing an annual tradition which dates back to 1946.

People watch fireworks exploding over Copacabana beach during New Year celebrations at the Pavao Pavaozinho slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on January 1, 2013.

People watch fireworks exploding over Copacabana beach during New Year celebrations at the Pavao Pavaozinho slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on January 1, 2013.

People run to take a bath in the North Sea during the Nieuwjaarsduik (New Year's dive) on New Year's Day in Scheveningen, Netherlands, on January 1, 2013.

People run to take a bath in the North Sea during the Nieuwjaarsduik (New Year’s dive) on New Year’s Day in Scheveningen, Netherlands, on January 1, 2013.

Gary Marion, portraying female impersonator Sushi, hangs in an oversized replica of a women's red high heel over Duval Street at the Bourbon Street Pub Complex in Key West, Florida, on December 31, 2012. The Red Shoe Drop has become a Key West tradition and is one of five Florida Keys warm-weather takes on New York City's Times Square ball drop marking the beginning of the New Year.

Gary Marion, portraying female impersonator Sushi, hangs in an oversized replica of a women’s red high heel over Duval Street at the Bourbon Street Pub Complex in Key West, Florida, on December 31, 2012. The Red Shoe Drop has become a Key West tradition and is one of five Florida Keys warm-weather takes on New York City’s Times Square ball drop marking the beginning of the New Year.

Fireworks explode at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center over Victoria Harbour to celebrate the New Year, on January 1, 2013

Fireworks explode at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center over Victoria Harbour to celebrate the New Year, on January 1, 2013

Fireworks light the sky in Dakar, Senegal, during the New Year celebrations, on January 1, 2013.

Fireworks light the sky in Dakar, Senegal, during the New Year celebrations, on January 1, 2013.

Hundreds of holiday makers at the Jomo Kenyatta Public beach Mombasa, Kenya, on the first day of the year as they ushered in the new year on January 1, 2013. Most of the beaches were in full capacity as the holiday makers spend most of the afternoon session at the beaches either relaxing, swimming or enjoying boat excursions to the deep sea.

Hundreds of holiday makers at the Jomo Kenyatta Public beach Mombasa, Kenya, on the first day of the year as they ushered in the new year on January 1, 2013. Most of the beaches were in full capacity as the holiday makers spend most of the afternoon session at the beaches either relaxing, swimming or enjoying boat excursions to the deep sea.

Fireworks explode over Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben clock to celebrate the New Year in London, on January 1, 2013.

Fireworks explode over Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben clock to celebrate the New Year in London, on January 1, 2013.

Fireworks light up the London Eye during the New Year celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2013.

Fireworks light up the London Eye during the New Year celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2013.

Visitors take pictures and videos during a light show as part of a New Year countdown celebration at the financial square on the Bund in Shanghai, on December 31, 2012.

Visitors take pictures and videos during a light show as part of a New Year countdown celebration at the financial square on the Bund in Shanghai, on December 31, 2012.

Girls holding saltire flags join around a thousand New Year swimmers, many in costume, who braved freezing conditions in the River Forth in front of the Forth Rail Bridge during the annual Loony Dook Swim in South Queensferry, Scotland, on January 1, 2013. Thousands of people gathered last night to see in the New Year at Hogmanay celebrations in towns and cities across Scotland..

Girls holding saltire flags join around a thousand New Year swimmers, many in costume, who braved freezing conditions in the River Forth in front of the Forth Rail Bridge during the annual Loony Dook Swim in South Queensferry, Scotland, on January 1, 2013. Thousands of people gathered last night to see in the New Year at Hogmanay celebrations in towns and cities across Scotland.

A reveler stands in Time Square before celebrating the New Year in New York City, on December 31, 2012.

A reveler stands in Time Square before celebrating the New Year in New York City, on December 31, 2012.

Revelers celebrate the New Year in New York City, on January 1, 2013.

Revelers celebrate the New Year in New York City, on January 1, 2013.

People celebrate as the stroke of midnight rings in the new year in Times Square on January 1, 2013 in New York City. Approximately one million people rang in the new year in Times Square.

People celebrate as the stroke of midnight rings in the new year in Times Square on January 1, 2013 in New York City. Approximately one million people rang in the new year in Times Square.

Fireworks burst over the Las Vegas Strip at midnight on New Year's Eve, as seen from the South Point Hotel Casino, on January 1, 2013.

Fireworks burst over the Las Vegas Strip at midnight on New Year’s Eve, as seen from the South Point Hotel Casino, on January 1, 2013.

A Chinese woman holds incense while offering prayers on the first day of the New Year at the Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing , China, on January 1, 2013.

A Chinese woman holds incense while offering prayers on the first day of the New Year at the Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing , China, on January 1, 2013.

Empty champagne bottles and glasses are pictured during a New Year's Eve celebrations in Vienna, Austria, on December 31, 2012.

Empty champagne bottles and glasses are pictured during a New Year’s Eve celebrations in Vienna, Austria, on December 31, 2012.

Fireworks light up the sky above Funchal Bay, Madeira Island, Portugal, to celebrate the arrival of the New Year, on January 1, 2013.

Fireworks light up the sky above Funchal Bay, Madeira Island, Portugal, to celebrate the arrival of the New Year, on January 1, 2013.

A reveler writes the number 2013 with sparklers ahead of New Year's Day in a forest outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, on a day with a temperature of about -25 degrees Celsius (-13 F), on December 31, 2012.

A reveler writes the number 2013 with sparklers ahead of New Year’s Day in a forest outside Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, on a day with a temperature of about -25 degrees Celsius (-13 F), on December 31, 2012.