17 Fantastic Photos of New Year's Eve Around the World

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There are few traditions more universal than ringing in the new year. The Associated Press reports that "Millions of revelers converged Wednesday night on the beaches of Brazil, the streets of Seoul, South Korea, and New York's Times Square to say good riddance to a turbulent 2014."

Fireworks explode over the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge during New Years Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. Thousands of people crammed into Lady Macquaries Chair look-out to see the new year in and watch the annual fireworks show.  Rob Griffith/AP
A Filipino watches a fireworks display at the Quezon Memorial Circle in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.  Aaron Favila/AP
People watch fireworks exploding over Copacabana beach during New Year celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.  Felipe Dana/AP
A man holds a heart-shaped hot-air balloon during the New Year's celebrations in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.  Bilal Hussein/AP
Revellers photograph fireworks over the Arc de Triomphe as they celebrate the New Year on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.  Christophe Ena/AP
People photograph fireworks as they celebrate the New Year in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.  Denis Tyrin/AP
In this picture taken with a long time exposure, fireworks light the sky above the medieval Mariendom (Cathedral of Mary), left, and the St. Severi's Church, right, shortly after midnight during New Year's celebrations in Erfurt, central Germany, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015  Jens Meyer/AP
A woman prays during New Year celebrations at Jogye Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.  Ahn Young-joon/AP
Acrobatic performers, dressed in Santa Claus costumes, celebrate the New Year at Firdous Square in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.  Hadi Mizban/AP
Fireworks explode over the clock known as 'Big Ben' housed in Elizabeth Tower, to celebrate the New Year in London, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.  Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP
A Chinese man wearing illuminated glasses celebrates the New Year during a count-down event in front of the National Stadium in Beijing, China Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.  Andy Wong/AP
Lebanese watch a firework display during the New Year's celebrations at midnight in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.  Bilal Hussein/AP
A wave crashes on two girls hugging as they usher in the new year, while fireworks explode over Copacabana beach, during New Year celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.  Felipe Dana/AP
Tim Smithe and his wife Kyla-McCarthy-Smithe of Chicago celebrate in Times Square just after midnight during New Year's Eve festivities in New York, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.  Craig Ruttle/AP
Fireworks explode above the Strip to ring in the new year Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, in Las Vegas.  John Locher/AP
Fireworks explode over the ancient Parthenon temple at the Acropolis hill for the the New Year's Eve celebrations during a rainfall in Athens, on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.  Petros Giannakouris/AP
Fireworks explode over the Victoria Harbor as celebrating the 2015 new year in Hong Kong, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.  Kin Cheung/AP

Editor's Note: Feb. 25, 2015

An earlier version of this article failed to cite a passage from the Associated Press in accordance with Mic editorial standards. The article has been updated to properly attribute the language to the Associated Press.