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New Year Celebrations: The world says goodbye to an unsettling 2018

Updated : 2019-01-01 12:35:47

Sheets of fiery color sizzle in the sky over the Sydney Opera House. Showers of confetti offer a softer alternative to revelry in the Philippines, noted for its raucous, even violent, celebrations. Thais lie in coffins in a ritual symbolising death and rebirth. A new mother, still wearing her hospital cap, cradles her infant.

These are the faces of the new year, captured across the globe as we bid farewell to what many considered an unsettling 2018, a year filled with challenges to many of the world's most basic institutions, including in the realms of politics, trade, alliances and religion.

Bosnian people cheer during New Year's celebrations in Sarajevo, Bosnia on Tuesday, January 1, 2019.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)
Bosnian people cheer during New Year's celebrations in Sarajevo, Bosnia on Tuesday, January 1, 2019.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)
Fireworks explode over the Arc de Triomphe during the New Year's Day celebrations on the Champs Elysees, in Paris, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
Fireworks explode over the Arc de Triomphe during the New Year's Day celebrations on the Champs Elysees, in Paris, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
Fireworks explode in the sky over Rome's Colosseum during New Year's celebrations, in Rome, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Fireworks explode in the sky over Rome's Colosseum during New Year's celebrations, in Rome, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Fireworks explode over the London Eye during the New Year's eve celebrations after midnight in London, Tuesday, January 1, 2019.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Fireworks explode over the London Eye during the New Year's eve celebrations after midnight in London, Tuesday, January 1, 2019.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
A New Year performance is held at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Artistes from the Mansudae Art Troupe, the Phibada Opera Troupe, the National Folk Art Troupe, Kim Won Gyun University of Music and the art squad of the Korean People's Internal Security Forces and artistes of the Moranbong Electronic Ensemble gave performance. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
A New Year performance is held at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Artistes from the Mansudae Art Troupe, the Phibada Opera Troupe, the National Folk Art Troupe, Kim Won Gyun University of Music and the art squad of the Korean People's Internal Security Forces and artistes of the Moranbong Electronic Ensemble gave performance. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
People watch fireworks during New Year celebration in downtown St.Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
People watch fireworks during New Year celebration in downtown St.Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Two men watch the fireworks exploding over Copacabana Beach during the New Year's celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Two men watch the fireworks exploding over Copacabana Beach during the New Year's celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
A man watches the fireworks exploding over Copacabana Beach during the New Year's celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
A man watches the fireworks exploding over Copacabana Beach during the New Year's celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
A woman watches the fireworks exploding over Copacabana Beach during the New Year's celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
A woman watches the fireworks exploding over Copacabana Beach during the New Year's celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Joey and Claudia Flores, of California, kiss as confetti falls during a New Year's celebration in New York's Times Square, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Joey and Claudia Flores, of California, kiss as confetti falls during a New Year's celebration in New York's Times Square, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
A reveler celebrates as confetti falls during a New Year's celebration in New York's Times Square, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
A reveler celebrates as confetti falls during a New Year's celebration in New York's Times Square, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Worshippers pray as they take turns lying in coffins during a ceremony at the Takien temple in suburban Bangkok, Thailand Monday, December 31, 2018. Worshippers believe that the ceremony – symbolizing death and rebirth – helps them rid themselves of bad luck and are born again for a fresh start in the new year. (AP Photo/Sakchai lalit)
Worshippers pray as they take turns lying in coffins during a ceremony at the Takien temple in suburban Bangkok, Thailand Monday, December 31, 2018. Worshippers believe that the ceremony – symbolizing death and rebirth – helps them rid themselves of bad luck and are born again for a fresh start in the new year. (AP Photo/Sakchai lalit)
A couple takes a selfie photo during the last sunset of the year in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, December 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)
A couple takes a selfie photo during the last sunset of the year in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, December 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)
Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (Brendan Esposito/AAP via AP)
Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (Brendan Esposito/AAP via AP)
People participate in the annual New Year's swim in harbor of Copenhagen on Monday, December 31, 2018. (Bax Lindhardt/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)
People participate in the annual New Year's swim in harbor of Copenhagen on Monday, December 31, 2018. (Bax Lindhardt/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)
Buddhist light candles during New Year celebrations at Jogyesa Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon).
Buddhist light candles during New Year celebrations at Jogyesa Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon).
Fireworks explode over the Victoria Harbor during New Year's Eve to celebrate the start of year 2019 in Hong Kong, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Fireworks explode over the Victoria Harbor during New Year's Eve to celebrate the start of year 2019 in Hong Kong, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Spectators watch as fireworks explode in front of Malaysia's landmark building, the Petronas Twin Towers, during the New Year's celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, January 1, 2019.(AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)
Spectators watch as fireworks explode in front of Malaysia's landmark building, the Petronas Twin Towers, during the New Year's celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, January 1, 2019.(AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)
A reveler prepares to countdown to the new year in Beijing, China, Monday, December 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A reveler prepares to countdown to the new year in Beijing, China, Monday, December 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Confetti rains down on revelers at the Eastwood Shopping Mall as Filipinos welcome the New Year Tuesday, January 1, 2019, in suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. Filipinos welcome the New Year with the loudest noise possible including setting off powerful firecrackers in one of Asia's most violent celebrations. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Confetti rains down on revelers at the Eastwood Shopping Mall as Filipinos welcome the New Year Tuesday, January 1, 2019, in suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. Filipinos welcome the New Year with the loudest noise possible including setting off powerful firecrackers in one of Asia's most violent celebrations. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Pakistani Christians attend a midnight service at Sacred Heart Cathedral, ending of the year 2018 in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, December 31, 2018. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
Pakistani Christians attend a midnight service at Sacred Heart Cathedral, ending of the year 2018 in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, December 31, 2018. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
Leni Bonto cuddles her baby Zairah inside the recovery room after being born on New Year's day Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at Fabella Children's Hospital in suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. Zairah, the third child of Bonto, became the first baby born at the hospital on New Year's day. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Leni Bonto cuddles her baby Zairah inside the recovery room after being born on New Year's day Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at Fabella Children's Hospital in suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. Zairah, the third child of Bonto, became the first baby born at the hospital on New Year's day. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Fireworks explode over Martyrs Square during New Year's Day, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Fireworks explode over Martyrs Square during New Year's Day, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Fireworks explode over the ancient Parthenon temple at the Acropolis hill for the the New Year's Eve celebrations during a rainfall in Athens, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Fireworks explode over the ancient Parthenon temple at the Acropolis hill for the the New Year's Eve celebrations during a rainfall in Athens, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Fireworks light the sky above illuminated Christmas tree at the Cathedral Square in Vilnius, Lithuania, shortly after midnight during the New Year's celebrations, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
Fireworks light the sky above illuminated Christmas tree at the Cathedral Square in Vilnius, Lithuania, shortly after midnight during the New Year's celebrations, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
Fireworks light the sky above the Quadriga at the Brandenburg Gate shortly after midnight in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Hundred thousands of people celebrated New Year's Eve welcoming the new year 2019 in Germany's capital. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Fireworks light the sky above the Quadriga at the Brandenburg Gate shortly after midnight in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Hundred thousands of people celebrated New Year's Eve welcoming the new year 2019 in Germany's capital. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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