Saturday, December 31, 2005


Here's an interesting collage of pictures on how the world is celebrating the new year. Let's hope 2006 will be a better year than 2005!

Revellers celebrate the New Year on the Champs Elysees in Paris early Sunday Jan. 1, 2006. (AP PHOTO/Remy de la Mauviniere)

Fireworks flash above Sydney Harbour bridge and Opera House during New Year celebrations in Australia's largest city, Sydney, early Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Girls party in Sydney during the annual fireworks display to celebrate the New Year in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

Indian man Kamlesh Nanda wears make up featuring a display Indian and Pakistani flags and a 'Happy New Year' hat in Amritsar, as he welcomes in the New Year 2006. Fireworks lit up the sky from Sydney to Hong Kong as the cities rang in 2006, kickstarting a night of celebration around the world as revellers bid farewell to a year scarred by violence and natural disasters.(AFP/Narinder Nanu)

A Chinese woman prays in front of statues of Buddha as she celebrates the start of the new year Jan. 1, 2006 at Longhua Temple in Shanghai, China. According to the twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac, the year 2006 marks the year of the dog. (AP Photo)

Indonesian children play with clowns to celebrate the New Year in Jakarta on January 1, 2006. Indonesia authorities are gearing up to prevent possible terror attacks in the world's most populous Muslim nation during the New Year's celebrations. REUTERS/Dadang Tri

Clowns blow paper trumpets to celebrate the New Year in Jakarta on January 1, 2006. REUTERS/Dadang Tri

Fireworks explode over the Malaysia's Petronas Twin Towers at midnight in Kuala Lumpur January 1, 2006. Thousands of Malaysians gathered at the foot of the country's landmark to celebrate the coming of the new year. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad

Two women celebrate as they welcome in the New Year in Time Square, in Hong Kong, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2006. (AP Photo / Kin Cheung)

A South Korean Christian weeps as she prays for reunification during a service to celebrate the New Year at Imjingak near the border village of the Panmunjom, north of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006. About 5,000 participators prayed for a peaceful solution to the rising tension over North Korea's nuclear weapons programs and hope for early reunification of the divided Koreas. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon).

The Times Square New Year's Eve ball lights up during a test drop in New York December 30, 2005. The Times Square New Year's Eve ball lights up during a test drop in New York December 30, 2005. At best, New Year's Eve is not only a time to celebrate another year passing, but also a time to see great music. New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas will be hosting the biggest names in pop and rock, and there are a slew of acts taking to stages around America to welcome in 2006. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

Emma Henriksen, 17, of Wisconsin, inflates balloons in New York's Times Square Friday, Dec. 30, 2005 in preparation for the New Year's Eve celebration. Tens of thousands of balloons will be distributed to revelers welcoming in 2006. (AP Photo/Shiho Fukada)

David Pielo installs one of the 72 new Waterford Crystal triangles to the exterior of the Times Square New Year's Eve ball in New York December 27, 2005. The six-feet in diameter, 1,070-pound lighted crystal ball will serve as the centerpiece for the Times Square 2006 celebration. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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