Saturday, 2 January 2010

A New Decade Has Dawned

Fireworks lighting up the skyscrapers on Hong Kong island across the harbour at midnight on New Year's Day.

Fireworks over the London Eye.

Fireworks lighting up the sky over Funchal Bay on Madeira Island.

Blue lighting brightening up the Alcala Gate in Madrid to mark the Spanish EU presidency on New Year's Day.

Fireworks lighting up the skies of downtown Beirut, Lebanon.

The Eiffel Tower of Paris illuminated to celebrate the New Year.

Fireworks exploding over the quadriga of Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate to celebrate the New Year.

Fireworks exploding over St. Basil Cathedral on Moscow's Red Square.

Young people jumping into a fountain to cool off at Independencia Square in downtown Montevideo, Uruguay, to celebrate the end of 2009.

Jakarta's landmark Welcome Statue during the 2010 celebrations.

The landmark Petronas Twin Towers during the 2010 New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Fireworks lauched from Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan.

Hong Kong residents celebrating the incoming new year outside a shopping mall.

Thousands of biodegradable balloons flying over Sao Paulo, Brazil, to celebrate New Year.

People walk under decorations for new year through the alley leading to Asakusa Sensoji Buddhist temple in Tokyo, Saturday. A traditional kite at top right reads: "Greeting the New Year."

Fireworks light the sky above the Quadriga at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin shortly after midnight, greeting the New Year on Friday. Hundred thousands of people celebrated the beginning of the New Year 2010 in Germany's capital.

Russians celebrate the New Year on Red Square in Moscow, with the Kremlin in the background (right) and St. Basil's cathedral in background (left) on Friday. Tens of thousands of people gathered on the Square to celebrate the new year, and view the fireworks as the clock on the Kremlin's Spassky Tower (right) struck midnight.

People watch New Year's Eve fireworks over Venice's St. Mark square flooded by high water, early Friday. The phenomenon of high water, which floods the Venice lagoon, occurs mainly between autumn and spring when tides are reinforced by seasonal winds.

Thousands of people watch fireworks over Copacabana beach during New Year celebrations in Rio de Janeiro.

Fireworks flash over Sydney Harbour during New Year celebrations, Friday, Jan. 1, 2010. The annual fireworks extravaganza over the city's landmark harbor bridge and opera house are the centerpiece of Australia's celebrations, and generate some of the most striking images from a night of revelry across the globe.

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