THE WORLDPOST
01/01/2014 10:31 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

New Year Celebrated Around The World (PHOTOS)

Happy New Year! From New York's Times Square to Amritsar's Golden Temple, revelers around the world welcomed 2014 with parties, prayers and warm wishes. Take a look at some of the first stunning shots of the new year below.

  • New York
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    Revelers take part in the festivities in New York's Times Square shortly after midnight New Year's Day Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
  • Kolkata
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    An Indian vendor blows soap bubbles to attract customers at a park in Kolkata, India, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Many people visited the public park on the first day of the New Year. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
  • Amritsar
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    An Indian Sikh devotee takes a holy dip in the sacred pond at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Thousands of Sikh devotees stand in a queue to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple, Sikhs' holiest shrine, on the first day of the New Year. (AP Photo/Sanjeev Syal)
  • Lahore
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    Pakistani Christians attend a prayer service on the first day of the New Year at a local church in Lahore, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
  • Vienna
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    Argentine-born Maestro Daniel Barenboim, center, conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the traditional New Year's concert at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
  • Berlin
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    A woman with a New Years hat attends the annual New Year's swimming of the winter swimming club Berliner Seehunde (Berlin Seals) at Oranke Lake in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
  • The Vatican
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    Pope Francis delivers his blessing during the Angelus noon prayer he celebrated from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
  • Denver
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    Partygoers smoke marijuana, left, and cigarettes during a Prohibition-era themed New Year's Eve party celebrating the start of retail pot sales, at a bar in Denver, late Tuesday Dec. 31, 2013. Colorado is to begin marijuana retail sales on Jan. 1, a day some are calling ‘Green Wednesday.' (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
  • Rome
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    Italy's Marco Fois dives into the Tiber River from the 18 meter (59 feet) high Cavour Bridge in Rome, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, to celebrate the New Year. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
  • Colombo
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    Sri Lankan Buddhists stand in a queue to offer flowers and pray at a temple on the first day of the New Year before commencing their work, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
  • Beijing
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    A Chinese woman prays on the first day of the New Year at the Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
  • Geneva
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    People toast with champagne while swimming in the cold water, during the annual swim in the Lake of Geneva for celebrating the New Year at the Bains des Paquis, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi)

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