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The World Rings In 2012

Celebrations kicked off with Australia, New Zealand being among the first to welcome the New Year. Fireworks, candlelight vigils, balloons, even a Guinness record-breaking attempt, were all part of the festivities as people around the globe celebrated the end of one year and the beginning of another.

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Revelers wave during the New Year celebrations in Hong Kong's Times Square Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. (AP)
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Revelers wave during the New Year celebrations in Hong Kong's Times Square Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. (AP)

Fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year in Australia, January 1, 2012. (Reuters)
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Fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year in Australia, January 1, 2012. (Reuters)

Park Won-soon, a mayor of the South Korean capital Seoul, center far, and other participants hit a huge bell to welcome the New Year at the Bosingak pavilion in Seoul,, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. (AP)
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Park Won-soon, a mayor of the South Korean capital Seoul, center far, and other participants hit a huge bell to welcome the New Year at the Bosingak pavilion in Seoul,, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. (AP)

People release balloons as the Tokyo Tower is illuminated to celebrate the New Year at a countdown event at the Zojo-ji Buddhist temple in Tokyo, January 1, 2012. (Reuters)
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People release balloons as the Tokyo Tower is illuminated to celebrate the New Year at a countdown event at the Zojo-ji Buddhist temple in Tokyo, January 1, 2012. (Reuters)

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