Soldiers and service members with the NATO- led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) cheer as the celebrate the New Year eve at the NATO's headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Soldiers with the NATO led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) attend at a New Year eve celebration at the NATO's headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Celebrations get under way as the Spark drumming band pass through Newcastle city centre, England.
Fireworks go off over Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, as part of the New Year Hogmanay celebrations.
Katy Saunders, left, Alex Mueller, center left, Rebekka Frank and Arina Motamedi, right, play with sparklers ahead of welcoming in the new year during the 2013 Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations, Scotland.
Chinese people wave national flags as they celebrate the New Year during a count-down event at the Summer Palace in Beijing.
The pavilion of the Summer Palace is illuminated with lights and the words "Happy New Year" during a count-down event in Beijing.
Fireworks explode over the ancient Acropolis Hill with the Parthenon temple during the New Year's celebrations in Athens.
Fireworks explode over the ancient Parthenon temple at the Acropolis Hill during the New Year's celebrations in Athens.
An Indian barber gives finishing touches to the hair style of a young boy with numbers to welcome the New Year 2013 in Ahmadabad, India.
Tourists pose as they carry umbrellas with numbers to welcome the New Year 2013 on the terrace of a hotel in the backdrop of Taj Mahal in Agra, India.
Worshipers strike a giant bell to celebrate the New Year at Zojoji Buddhist temple in Tokyo.
A boy prays around a fire believed to invoke divine help during their first visit of the year to the Zojoji Buddhist temple in Tokyo.
Fireworks light the sky above the Cathedral Square in Vilnius shortly after midnight, greeting the New Year.
Fireworks explode over Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben clock to celebrate the New Year in London.
Fireworks explode over Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben clock to celebrate the New Year in London,
Workers unload the number 2013 to be used during the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square in New York.
Benjamin Nadorf, 4, plays with his new glasses while waiting for the New Year in Times Square in New York.
The fireworks explode as the Waterford crystal ball is raised at the beginning of Times Square New Year's celebration.
New York City police officers stand guard during the Times Square New Year's Eve celebration.
People who arrived Monday morning line a front row spot to watch the ball drop in Times Square in New York. An estimated 1 million people were expected to cram into district to see the crystal ball drop and countdown to 2013, organizers said.
Fireworks light up the sky to welcome in the New Year at the scenic Manila Bay in Manila, Philippines.
A Filipino boy looks as his mother tests a paper horn in downtown Manila, Philippines.
Fireworks explode in the sky over St. Basil Cathedral as Russians celebrate New Year on Red Square in Moscow, Russia.
Sri Lankan inmates of the Welikada prison carry statues of Lord Buddha as they take part in a religious ceremony on the eve of new year.
Sri Lankan inmates of the Welikada prison pray during a religious ceremony by engaging in Buddhist rituals on the eve of new year.
A firework display explodes off Taiwan's tallest skyscraper Taipei101 to usher in the New Year in Taipei, Taiwan.
Pope Benedict XVI waves from his popemobile as he visits the Nativity St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. The pontiff marked the end of a difficult year Monday by saying that despite all the death and injustice in the world, goodness prevails.
Pope Benedict XVI passes in front of a statue of St. Peter as he arrives in St. Peter's Basilica to celebrate a New Year's Eve vespers service at the Vatican.
Revellers around the world ring in the new year with cheers, fireworks and celebrations.