2020 is finally over, and we are not complaining. It has been a tumultuous and harrowing year for quite a few of us. And the excitement to ring in the new year was palpable.
The world welcomed 2021, albeit with much caution and restrain. While the celebrations were muted and festivities were cancelled in the wake of a more contagious variant of the virus, they were still worth a watch.
Have a look at pictures of how people from across the world celebrated New Year:
New York, USA
A nearly empty Times Square in New York. Conventionally, thousands of people gather to watch the famous ball drop. However, this year, a restricted number of audience of first responders and essential workers and their families were allowed to watch the event from a safe area.
Resplendent lights brighten up the Egyptian capital of Cairo over the river Nile.
People gather around a Christmas tree to celebrate the New Year in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine.
Dazzling fireworks brighten up the sky over the Chao Phraya River in the capital of Thailand, Bangkok.
Spectators gather to watch the glittering fireworks light up the sky in the capital of Taiwan, Taipei.
Magnificent fireworks illuminated the night sky around Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.
Fireworks exploding over the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge in downsized celebrations in Sydney, Australia.
We hope that the nee year bring in the best for all of us. A very happy New Year to you and your families!