New Year 2013 celebrations around the world

Fireworks explode above Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro January 1, 2013. More than two million people gathered along Rio’s most famous beach to witness the 20-minute display and celebrate the beginning of a new year.

This gallery comprises of images of New Year celebrations all around the world.

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 December 31, 2012.

Confetti is dropped on revelers at midnight during New Year celebrations in Times Square in New York January 1, 2013.

An Indian woman applies coloured powder to her “rangoli”, a Hindu ritual design, in front of her house in Hyderabad on January 1, 2013. Rangolis are drawn in front of homes early in the morning with a beautiful motif to welcome relatives and friends to mark the New Year.

South Korean singer PSY performs during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Times Square in New York, December, 31, 2012.

Disney characters Mickey (R) and Minnie Mouse (L), dressed in traditional Japanese kimonos, accompanied by Pluto (C) wave to greet guests from a float during the theme park’s annual New Year’s Day parade at Tokyo Disneyland in Urayasu, suburban Tokyo on January 1, 2013. Thousands of people visited the theme park to mark the start of the New Year’s holiday, the biggest one of the year in Japan.

Fireworks light up the sky above Funchal Bay, Madeira Island, to celebrate the arrival of the New Year on January 1, 2013. World cities from Sydney to Dubai rang in the New Year with a spectacular global wave of firework displays.

n a time lapse exposure that spanned the last second of 2012 and the first second of 2013, the Times Square Ball and the numbers 2013 are illuminated as revelers celebrate the New Year in New York January 1, 2013.

People skate at Nathan Phillips Square in front of Toronto City Hall to celebrate New Year’s Eve on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.

A woman celebrates the New Year as she watches fireworks exploding above Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro January 1, 2013. More than two million people gathered along Rio’s most famous beach to witness the 20-minute display and celebrate the beginning of a new year.

Katy Saunders, left, Alex Mueller, center left, Rebekka Frank and Arina Motamedi, right, play with sparklers ahead of welcoming in the New Year during the 2013 Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations, Scotland, Monday December 31, 2012. See PA story SOCIAL NewYear.