Saturday, January 2, 2010

Welcoming a New Year


Singer Jennifer Lopez performs during New Year's Eve celebrations in New York's Times Square .

The former sheepfold at the edge of Central Park, is ringed by twinkling lights and fake topiary animals, preparing for New Year's Eve, when it will serve its last meal. Just three years ago, it was plating more than 700,000 meals annually.

Contrabasses of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra lean on a wall during a rehearsal for the New Year's Concert 2010 in Vienna's "Goldener Musikvereinsaal".

A woman walks past a 2010 billboard in central Minsk. Belarus traditionally celebrates the coming of the New Year

Gurung dancers in traditional dresses perform during a new year celebration parade in Kathmandu

Volunteers throw confetti out a window in New York's Times Square for the annual "Air Worthiness test" of New Year's Eve confetti in New York. Thousands

Balloons fly across the sky of Sao Paulo during year-end celebrations

Fireworks light the sky in front of Mayon Volcano during New Year's celebrations in Legazpi city, Albay province, south of Manila. Mayon Volcano, known for its near-perfect cone shape in the coconut-growing central Bicol region, has been spewing ash and burning mud and rocks for more than two weeks

Participants dressed in Russian national costumes take part in the New Year Parade in central St. Petersburg

Fireworks explode near the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year


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