A couple share a tender moment during New Year’s celebrations in Red Square with the Spasskaya Tower, second right, in the background in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. Russians began the world’s longest continuous New Year’s Eve with fireworks and a message from President Vladimir Putin urging them to work together in the coming year.
Fireworks explode over the Ottoman-era Mecidiye mosque in Ortakoy square and the July 15th Martyrs’ bridge, formerly known as Bosporus Bridge, over the Bosporus Strait, separating Europe and Asia, in Istanbul, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.
Fireworks light the sky above illuminated Christmas tree at the Cathedral Square in Vilnius, Lithuania, shortly after midnight during the New Year’s celebrations, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. Thousands of people celebrated the beginning of the New Year 2020 in the Lithuanian capital.
Buddhists light candles to form letters meaning, “Best wishes for a Happy New Year,” during New Year celebrations at Jogyesa Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Performers pose for a group photo at a New Year’s Eve countdown event near the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic headquarters in Beijing, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. Revellers around the globe are bidding farewell to a decade that will be remembered by many for the rise of social media, the Arab Spring, the #MeToo movement and, of course, President Donald Trump.
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People gather on Praia Vermelha beach to make offerings to Yemanja, a deity from the Yoruba religion, as they honor the African goddess of the sea as part of New Year celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. As the year winds down, Brazilian worshippers of Yemanja celebrate the deity and ask for blessings for the coming year.
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