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New Year 2013: Celebrations around the world (PHOTOS)
Monday, December 31st, 2012

Communities around the world rang in the new year, celebrating 2013's first day in a number of ways.

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Pakistani children look at the last sunset of 2012 at a lake view point in Islamabad on December 31, 2012.

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People take part in a traditional bath to mark the end of the year, on December 31, 2012 on a nudist beach in Le Cap d'Agde, southern France. Five hundred people attended the event.

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Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III addresses the heads of the Christian denominations in the Holy Land during the traditional reception on New Year's Eve at the Israeli president's residency in Jerusalem on December 31, 2012.

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Indian school children pose for a photo as they pay homage to Delhi's rape victim as they welcome 2013 in Ahmedabad on December 31, 2012.

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Indian revellers hold placards in Amritsar on December 31, 2012.

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Spanish swimmer Mireia Belmonte Garcia dives with sharks to wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2013 at the Aquarium of Barcelona on December 31, 2012.

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People watch fireworks under The Sydney Harbour Bridge during New Years Eve celebrations on Sydney Harbour on December 31, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.

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Spectator boats in Sydney Harbour (below) look on as the 9pm family based New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over the Sydney Harbour Bridge on December 31, 2012.

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A Myanmar worker puts up a sign to bring in the new year ahead of Myanmar's first public New Year countdown celebration at the Myoma grounds in Yangon on December 31, 2012. Some 50,000 people are also expected to flock to the revered golden Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon for the Myanmar city's first public countdown with fireworks, seen as further evidence of opening up after decades of junta rule.

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Indian artist Harwinder Singh Gill displays a sculpture in Amritsar on December 31, 2012.

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Fireworks light up the sky above the Sydney Harbour Bridge at midnight during New Years Eve celebrations on Sydney Harbour on December 31, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.

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Spectator boats in Sydney Harbour (below) look on as New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over the Sydney Harbour Bridge on January 1, 2013.

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A lightshow illuminates the Summer Palace during a new year count-down event in Beijing on December 31, 2013.

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White spheres floating in the bay, each penned by revellers with different wishes for 2013, are illuminated with colourful lights to usher the new year in Singapore on December 31, 2012. Ten of thousand people waited to watch the eight-minute display spectacular fireworks which burst across the bay.

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People wait before the countdown to the New Year near the Shwe Da Gon pagoda and Kandawgyi Lake in Yangon on December 31, 2012. Some 50,000 people were expected to gather at the revered golden Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon for the city's first public countdown to the New Year and fireworks.

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Fireworks are launched over Jakarta's main business road to mark the new year in Jakarta on January 1, 2013.

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Fireworks are launched from the Taipei 101 building to mark the new year in Taipei on January 1, 2013. In line with the countdown will be a 188-second firework show to be presented by the Taipei 101, a 509-metre-high skyscraper and once the world's tallest building which is just hundreds of metres away from the city hall square.

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It's a lovely thing when shared traditions unite so many different people.
Organizers will now submit their claim for a new record to Guinness World Records, which is expected to rule on it within two months.
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A large number of mainland Chinese also flocked to commemorate the crackdown in the former British territory, where a vigil has been held every year since the massacre.