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In pictures: Then-and-now images show New Year's Eve contrast

Updated : 2021-01-03 12:38:50

As the world says goodbye to 2020, there will be countdowns and live performances, but no massed jubilant crowds in traditional gathering spots this New Year's Eve. The virus that ruined 2020 has led to cancelations of most fireworks displays and public events in favour of made-for-TV-only moments in party spots.

This combo image shows Hotel Indonesia Roundabout in Jakarta, a popular spot for New Year's Eve celebration, taken on December 31, 2020, top photo, and December 31, 2016, bottom photo. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, Tatan Syuflana)
This combo image shows Hotel Indonesia Roundabout in Jakarta, a popular spot for New Year's Eve celebration, taken on December 31, 2020, top photo, and December 31, 2016, bottom photo. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, Tatan Syuflana)
A combo image showing Bosingak pavilion where the place for the annual New Year's Eve bell-ringing ceremony, the top photo taken on December 31, 2020 and the bottom one on Friday, January 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, Ahn Young-joon)
A combo image showing Bosingak pavilion where the place for the annual New Year's Eve bell-ringing ceremony, the top photo taken on December 31, 2020 and the bottom one on Friday, January 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, Ahn Young-joon)
A combo image showing a general view of the Victoria Harbor at the New Year's Eve of the year 2021 in Hong Kong, the top photo was taken on December 31, 2020, and the bottom one on January, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
A combo image showing a general view of the Victoria Harbor at the New Year's Eve of the year 2021 in Hong Kong, the top photo was taken on December 31, 2020, and the bottom one on January, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
This combo image shows at top, police direct visitors around Shibuya crossing, a popular location for New Year's Eve gathering, December 31, 2020, in Tokyo, and below, people gather to welcome the arrival of the New Year at the crossing in Tokyo January 1 2020. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato and Shohei Miyano/Kyodo News via AP, File) .
This combo image shows at top, police direct visitors around Shibuya crossing, a popular location for New Year's Eve gathering, December 31, 2020, in Tokyo, and below, people gather to welcome the arrival of the New Year at the crossing in Tokyo January 1 2020. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato and Shohei Miyano/Kyodo News via AP, File) .
In this combo of images, a few people, on the top image, stand in the plaza in front of the Ottoman-era Mecidiye mosque in Ortakoy square under the
In this combo of images, a few people, on the top image, stand in the plaza in front of the Ottoman-era Mecidiye mosque in Ortakoy square under the "July 15th Martyrs' bridge, formerly known as Bosporus Bridge, over the Bosporus Strait, separating Europe and Asia, in Istanbul, late December 31, 2020, where in the bottom image people celebrate the new year at the same spot, early Wednesday, January 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
A combo image showing a general view of the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris very early on New Year's Day Friday, January 1, 2021, and the bottom one the same location packed with revellers early on Tuesday, January 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Christophe Ena)
A combo image showing a general view of the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris very early on New Year's Day Friday, January 1, 2021, and the bottom one the same location packed with revellers early on Tuesday, January 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Christophe Ena)
A combo of images shows an almost empty Times Square, top, in the early hours of Friday, January 1, 2021 in New York and the same location taken on January 1, 2020 packed with revellers celebrating the New Year. (AP Photo/Craig Rutte, Ben Hider)
A combo of images shows an almost empty Times Square, top, in the early hours of Friday, January 1, 2021 in New York and the same location taken on January 1, 2020 packed with revellers celebrating the New Year. (AP Photo/Craig Rutte, Ben Hider)
This combination photograph shows a handful of people in front of the iconic Gateway of India, top, a popular place to celebrate New Year's Eve in Mumbai on December 31, 2020, as compared to a file photograph of a crowd celebrating on December 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, Rajanish Kakade)
This combination photograph shows a handful of people in front of the iconic Gateway of India, top, a popular place to celebrate New Year's Eve in Mumbai on December 31, 2020, as compared to a file photograph of a crowd celebrating on December 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, Rajanish Kakade)
This combo image shows at top fireworks exploding over the Kremlin and the Spasskaya Tower in an almost empty Red Square during New Year's celebrations in Moscow, Russia, December 31, 2020 and below, a file photo taken from the same angle during New Year's celebrations on December 31, 2019.  (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Denis Tyrin)
This combo image shows at top fireworks exploding over the Kremlin and the Spasskaya Tower in an almost empty Red Square during New Year's celebrations in Moscow, Russia, December 31, 2020 and below, a file photo taken from the same angle during New Year's celebrations on December 31, 2019.  (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Denis Tyrin)
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