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Around The World, Having A Ball

Posted: January 1, 2013

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A look at how people around the world celebrated the arrival of 2013 — some with quiet moments, and some with as much revelry as possible.

People wait before the countdown to the New Year near the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar. Some 50,000 people were expected to gather for the city's first ever public countdown to the New Year and fireworks.

People wait before the countdown to the New Year near the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar. Some 50,000 people were expected to gather for the city's first ever public countdown to the New Year and fireworks. Ye Aung Thu

Fireworks illuminate the sky over the Marina Bay in Singapore during an eight-minute display.

Fireworks illuminate the sky over the Marina Bay in Singapore during an eight-minute display. Roslan Rahman

People release balloons during an annual ceremony produced by the Prince Park Tower hotel in Tokyo. More than 1,000 balloons were released, along with visitor's wishes.

People release balloons during an annual ceremony produced by the Prince Park Tower hotel in Tokyo. More than 1,000 balloons were released, along with visitor's wishes. Kazuhiro Nogi

Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong.

Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong. Antony Dickson

Fireworks are launched over Jakarta's main business road to mark the new year.

Fireworks are launched over Jakarta's main business road to mark the new year. Bay Ismoyo

People cheer following a count-down event at the Summer Palace in Beijing.

People cheer following a count-down event at the Summer Palace in Beijing. Ed Jones

Fireworks erupt over the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Sydney kicked off a wave of dazzling firework displays welcoming in 2013, from Dubai to Moscow and London, with long-isolated Yangon joining the global pyrotechnics for the first time.

Fireworks erupt over the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Sydney kicked off a wave of dazzling firework displays welcoming in 2013, from Dubai to Moscow and London, with long-isolated Yangon joining the global pyrotechnics for the first time. Manan Vatsyatana

French soldiers celebrate the New Year's Eve at Warehouse base in Kabul.

French soldiers celebrate the New Year's Eve at Warehouse base in Kabul. Kenzo Tribouillard

Sri Lankan inmates at the Welikada prison pray during a religious ceremony. Over four thousand prisoners at one of the country's largest prisons invoked blessings and ushered in the new year by engaging in Buddhist rituals.

Sri Lankan inmates at the Welikada prison pray during a religious ceremony. Over four thousand prisoners at one of the country's largest prisons invoked blessings and ushered in the new year by engaging in Buddhist rituals. Eranga Jayawardena

Pope Benedict XVI prays in front of the Nativity in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. He marked the end of the year by saying that despite all the death and injustice in the world, goodness prevails.

Pope Benedict XVI prays in front of the Nativity in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. He marked the end of the year by saying that despite all the death and injustice in the world, goodness prevails. Andrew Medichini

Fake money and coins along with small-scale homes are displayed at the Market of Wishes in Lima, Peru. As part of their New Year's traditions, Peruvians buy miniature representations of the things they desire to acquire in the coming year.

Fake money and coins along with small-scale homes are displayed at the Market of Wishes in Lima, Peru. As part of their New Year's traditions, Peruvians buy miniature representations of the things they desire to acquire in the coming year. Martin Mejia

Dachshunds and their owners parade in Key West, Fla., during the Key West Dachshund Walk. The annual New Year's Eve tradition attracted almost 200 of the short-legged, long-bodied canines.

Dachshunds and their owners parade in Key West, Fla., during the Key West Dachshund Walk. The annual New Year's Eve tradition attracted almost 200 of the short-legged, long-bodied canines. Andy Newman

Cheerleaders take part in the New Year's Day parade in central London on January 1, 2013.

Cheerleaders take part in the New Year's Day parade in central London on January 1, 2013. Justin Tallis

Maurizio Palmulli of Italy dives into Rome's Tiber River, continuing an annual tradition which dates back to 1946.

Maurizio Palmulli of Italy dives into Rome's Tiber River, continuing an annual tradition which dates back to 1946. Gabriel Bouys

South Korean singer PSY performs with US singer MC Hammer during New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square in New York.

South Korean singer PSY performs with US singer MC Hammer during New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square in New York. Emmanuel Dunand

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People write "2013" with sparklers as they celebrate the New Year at the shore of the Gulf of Finland in the city of Zelenogorsk. Kirill Kudryavtsev

Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Moest and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra perform the traditional New Year's Concert on January 1, 2013, at the music association in Vienna.

Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Moest and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra perform the traditional New Year's Concert on January 1, 2013, at the music association in Vienna. Dieter Nagl

People celebrate the New Year in front of St. Basil's Cathedral on Moscow's Red Square.

People celebrate the New Year in front of St. Basil's Cathedral on Moscow's Red Square. Natalia Kolesnikova

People celebrate the new year following a count-down event at the Summer Palace in Beijing.

People celebrate the new year following a count-down event at the Summer Palace in Beijing. Ed Jones

Some people choose to celebrate the arrival of the new year by staying home with a good book and cup of hot tea. Others go out to party, cheer, and bring in the year with as much fanfare as possible. (And of course, those are the people who tend to get photographed...)

Here's a look at how some folks around the world celebrated the arrival of 2013 — some with quiet moments, and some with as much revelry as possible.

And to all readers of The Picture Show, we wish a very happy new year to you.

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