Fireworks light up the London skyline just after midnight on January 1, 2009 in England. Revelers worldwide celebrated around the world as the night changed over to the new year.
Police constable Lee Dingsdale receives a kiss from Aiden Cooper as locals take to Prince Street to celebrate the New Year in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Reports suggested 100,000 people were expected to brave freezing temperatures in the Scottish Capital.
While revelers took part in the 30-year-old "San Silvestre" New Year's race in underwear at La Font de la Figuera, Valencia, Spain.
A and later that night, residents in Mumbai put the terrible events of the past year behind them as they welcomed 2009.