Revelers erupted in cheers around the world to welcome in the new year, as star-studded celebrations and glittering fireworks displays ushered in 2012.
Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House to celebrate the new year. (Daniel Munoz/Reuters)
Tens of thousands of people gather on Red Square in Moscow to celebrate the new year and view the fireworks as the clock on the Kremlin’s Spassky Tower, right, strikes midnight. (Mikhail Metzel/Associated Press)
The number 2012 is written with sparklers during a long exposure in front of St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom) during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Vienna December 31, 2011. Picture taken using slow shutter speed. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
Fireworks explode near a bronze sculpture of Alexander the Great on his horse Bucephalus, in Skopje’s central square during New Year celebrations January 1, 2012. The statue, which measures 12.5 meters in height and stands on a 10 meter high pedestal, is part of a cultural project “Skopje 2014”.
New Year’s fireworks explode around the London Eye. (Andrew Winning/Reuters)