At the New Year eve celebration at Dataran Merdeka, Malaysia.
New Year countdown celebration at KLCC Park (Twin Tower), Malaysia.
A Filipino vendor blows paper horns to attract costumers outside a church in downtown Manila. Authorities urge the public to use safer noisemakers as many Filipinos traditionally welcome the New Year with loud and dangerous firecrackers.
Fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour during the pre-New Year's celebrations on Sydney Harbour in Sydney, Australia.
South Korean painter Kwon Sang-ho wearing a traditional dress paints for customers to promote an event to celebrate the New Year in Seoul, South Korea.
Paris Hilton attends a press conference in Sydney, Australia.Hilton and her sister Nicky are in Sydney to celebrate New Year's Eve.
Bolivian shaman Carmen Acho performs a traditional purification ritual holding an ostrich's egg over a patient's head in Lima.According to the shaman, the ritual cleans the participant of evil spirits and brings good luck for the new year.
A Christmas tree rises just outside the Moscow Kremlin, background right. New Year's is the biggest holiday of the year in Russia, and is followed by the Orthodox Christmas on Jan. 7.
I am at my friend's house for "count down" moment ago. It is also his "house warming" for his new house which is just next to the old one and, 1st January is his birthday...!!
Happy New Year 2009... Cheers...!!