Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Eve celebrations 2013 are underway

Sand sculpture in Puri, India

Italian tourists at Pueta del Sol in Madrid *
Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations
Detroit Free Press, 12/31/12.  "Video:  Australia, Asian nations give enthusiastic welcome to 2012."

"Sydney's skyline erupted in fireworks as Australia ushered in 2013 on Tuesday, while extravagant displays soon followed in Hong Kong and Beijing, and even the once-isolated country of Myanmar joined the party for the first time in decades. Asia greeted the new year with an atmosphere of renewed optimism despite the "fiscal cliff" impasse of spending cuts and tax increases threatening to reverberate globally from the U.S. and the tattered economies of Europe, where the party was expected to be more subdued. Celebrations were planned around the world, culminating with the traditional crystal ball drop in New York City's Times Square, where 1 million people were expected to cram into the surrounding streets."  Updated celebration link  Read article.  The Hong Kong event video is fun, 2:24 minutes.

2013 Times Square, New York City  New Year's Eve Ball Drop, and live NOW, telecast from 2:55 p.m. west coast, (5:55 p.m. east coast).

Telegraph, UK, 12/31//12, and 1/1/13.  "New Year's Eve celebrations around the world:  live.",  live music, audio, photos, text.  Note:  photographs  are from this article. The sand sculpture is from Reuters.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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