As the stroke of midnight rolled across the world's time zones, people gathered in private and took to the streets to celebrate the arrival of the New Year, 2014. Fireworks erupted from Sydney to Moscow, and revelers gathered in Kiev, Durban, Rio de Janeiro, New York, and thousands of other places, raising a glass, keeping warm, making resolutions, and wishing each other a "Happy New Year!"
A dog wears a sign at a rally against firecrackers and fireworks during New Year revelries in Manila, Philippines on December 29, 2013. The group said the loud explosions from firecrackers, traditionally set off to welcome the New Year and drive away bad spirits, can also harm on the sensitive ears of humans and animals. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) #
People offer prayers on the first day of the new year at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, on January 1, 2014. Many people from across Japan visit shrines and temples to make new year wishes as they pray for the safety of the household, good relationships and success in business on the first day of the New Year. (Reuters/Yuya Shino) #
Fireworks explode over Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, on January 1, 2014 to celebrate the new year. Dubai kicked off New Year with a dazzling bid for a new world record to cap those the Gulf city state already holds for its mammoth property developments. The glittering fireworks display that lasted around six minutes spanned over 100 kilometers (60 miles) of the Dubai coast, which boasts an archipelago of man-made islands and Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower. (Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images) #
The Allendale tar barrel men carry the burning whiskey barrels on their heads which are 2ft across, primed with tar, shavings and a pint of paraffin as part of the Baal fire in Allendale, England, on December 31, 2013. The Allendale Baal Fire takes place every year on 31st December as a farewell to the past 12 months which has been in existence since the Dark Ages. On New Year's Eve the small town is full of visitors and down from the hill farms come the shepherds, flockmasters and farm workers to watch or take part in the Baal. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell) #
Pro-European Union activists hold lights while singing the Ukrainian national anthem as they celebrate the New Year in Kiev's main square early on January 1, 2014, in Ukraine. At least 100,000 Ukrainians sang the country's national anthem together at the square on New Year's Eve in a sign of support for integration with Europe. Opposition leaders had called on Ukrainians to come to the Maidan on New Year's Eve and sing the national anthem in an act of defiance and what they expected could be the record-breaking live singing of an anthem. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) #
Sushi, portrayed by Gary Marion, hangs in a giant replica of a women's red high heel over Duval Street, on December 31, 2013, at the Bourbon Street Pub Complex in Key West, Florida, The Red Shoe Drop is a Key West New Year's Eve tradition and is one of four Florida Keys warm-weather takeoffs on New York City's ball drop marking the beginning of the new year. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman) #