Happy New Year, 2012 everyone! I’ve been perusing the web to find photos from around the world of the different New Year’s celebrations and here are a few of my favorites:

A Sri Lankan traditional dancer performs in Colombo on December 31, 2011.
 The ceremony was conducted to ward off bad spirits in the 2012 New Year.
Source: www.globalpost.com

Fireworks over Sydney Harbour Bridge. Photo: Chrissie Thoo

Russians celebrate the new year on Red Square in Moscow, 
with the Kremlin in the background to the right and St. Basil’s cathedral
 in background to the left. Tens of thousands of people gathered 
in the square to celebrate the new year and view the 
fireworks as the clock on the Kremlin’s Spassky Tower,
 right, struck midnight.