World welcomes 2016 despite terror fears

Published January 1, 2016
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)

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.

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