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As the final hours of 2015 drew to a close, many bid a weary and wary adieu to a year marred by attacks that left nations reeling and nerves rattled.

Still, most places forged ahead with celebrations, refusing to let jitters ruin the joy of the holiday. Take a look at how people around the world did exactly that.

New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the traditional fireworks show on January 1, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Peter PARKS
New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the traditional fireworks show on January 1, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Peter PARKS
Dancers perform to celebrate the new year during a countdown event at Tai Miao, the imperial ancestral temple in the Forbidden City, in Beijing, China, January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee
Dancers perform to celebrate the new year during a countdown event at Tai Miao, the imperial ancestral temple in the Forbidden City, in Beijing, China, January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee
Models perform to celebrate the new year during a countdown event at Tai Miao, the imperial ancestral temple in the Forbidden City, in Beijing, China, December 31, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee
Models perform to celebrate the new year during a countdown event at Tai Miao, the imperial ancestral temple in the Forbidden City, in Beijing, China, December 31, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee
Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year in Hong Kong, China January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year in Hong Kong, China January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year in Hong Kong, China January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year in Hong Kong, China January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
School students offer prayers for the world peace in the upcoming year of 2016 in Ahmedabad, India, December 31, 2015. REUTERS/Amit Dave
School students offer prayers for the world peace in the upcoming year of 2016 in Ahmedabad, India, December 31, 2015. REUTERS/Amit Dave
People gather to release balloons to celebrate the New Year during an annual countdown ceremony at the Prince Park Tower in Tokyo on December 31, 2015.  More than 1,000 balloons were to be released into the air, carrying with them new year wishes.  AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI
People gather to release balloons to celebrate the New Year during an annual countdown ceremony at the Prince Park Tower in Tokyo on December 31, 2015. More than 1,000 balloons were to be released into the air, carrying with them new year wishes. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI
People release balloons to celebrate the New Year at the Prince Park Tower in Tokyo on January 1, 2016. More than 1,000 balloons were released, carrying with them new year wishes.  AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI
People release balloons to celebrate the New Year at the Prince Park Tower in Tokyo on January 1, 2016. More than 1,000 balloons were released, carrying with them new year wishes. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI
Fireworks light up the sky over Sydney's Opera House (L) and Harbour Bridge during New Year celebrations in Sydney on January 1, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN
Fireworks light up the sky over Sydney's Opera House (L) and Harbour Bridge during New Year celebrations in Sydney on January 1, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN
New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the traditional fireworks show on January 1, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Peter PARKS
New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the traditional fireworks show on January 1, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Peter PARKS
Fireworks light up the sky over Sydney's Opera House (L) and Harbour Bridge during New Year celebrations in Sydney on January 1, 2016.  AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN
Fireworks light up the sky over Sydney's Opera House (L) and Harbour Bridge during New Year celebrations in Sydney on January 1, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN
Fireworks explode over the Opera House and Harbour Bridge during the 9pm fireworks display over the Harbour Bridge and Opera House in Sydney, Australian, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Fireworks explode over the Opera House and Harbour Bridge during the 9pm fireworks display over the Harbour Bridge and Opera House in Sydney, Australian, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

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Roussou Jan 01, 2016 01:47am

Happy New year to everyone in the world. May peace and tolerance prevail in 2016, Ameen.

talat haque Jan 01, 2016 01:50am

so joyous to see !

Paa Ji Jan 01, 2016 01:51am

Where are the pictures of New year celebrated in Pakistan in Bahria Town Lahore and Karachi? New year was celebrated with fan fare in every city of Pakistan including Islamabad. Please include the pictures.

badshah Jan 01, 2016 02:15am

Hope and Pray 2016 is a peaceful, prosperous and happy new for Pakistan and the world.

Rehman Jan 01, 2016 02:19am

In the Ahmedabad photo, the Flag of India seems upside down in the celebration wording '2016'!!

GA Jan 01, 2016 04:57am

Terror fears in the West are very concerning. Feels safer in Pakistan for some reason.

ahmed Jan 01, 2016 06:42am

waste of money!

mohammad Khan Sydney Australia Jan 01, 2016 07:12am

Happy New Year to everyone ! Nau Roz Mubarak.

SHK Jan 01, 2016 08:39am

Happy new Year everyone

ammaraaziz Jan 01, 2016 09:40am

happy new year

Awais Jan 01, 2016 10:19am

Isnt that Eifel Tower, Paris ?

RIZ Jan 01, 2016 01:13pm

I could never understand why people celebrate their birthdays and a start of new year. What is the element of happiness there? Every new year negates one more year from your life span.

atheist Jan 01, 2016 01:52pm

@Rehman - thanks for concern but that's not Indian flag. In India's flag middle is white with ashoka chakra not yellow and there is saffron not red which is shown in colour. Moreover , pattern of saffon, white and green are not sufficient to make it Indian flag without ashoka chakra in the middle.

faryal Jan 01, 2016 03:37pm

wonderful work

Agha Ata Jan 01, 2016 08:40pm

There are no pictures of New Year celebrations in Pakistan.

Sanjeet Kumar Jan 02, 2016 08:13am

Leave behind you the old chapters that were filled with pages of worries and begin the New Year with happiness, cheer and smiles. Happy New Year-2016.