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Revelers take part in the battle of “Enfarinats” in the town of Ibi in southeastern Spain on December 28, 2011. For 200 years Ibi’s citizens annually celebrate with a battle using flour, eggs and firecrackers outside the city townhall.
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This photo taken late on December 31, 2011 with longtime exposure shows Filipino youths creating “2012” to bring in the New Year with sparklers at a publicpark in Manila. Filipinos welcomed in the New Year with fireworks and celebrations.
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An Indian Sikh youth performs a fire act as he takes part in a procession from the Sri Akal Takhat at the Sikh Shrine, The Golden Temple in Amritsar on December 30, 2011. The procession took place on the eve of the 346th Birth Anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh.
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A solar balloon with the shape of a space shuttle flies over the Sabaneta Municipality’s stadium, southern Medellin, Colombia, on December 31, 2011, during the 11th International solar balloon Festival, in this version there are about 30 ballons and the theme is science fiction. The making of each balloon — made up of plastic and tape — takes three days, the sun heats the air inside the globe, which expands and makes the globe lighter, putting it to fly.
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Lady Gaga kisses the ball as NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg laughs during the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square December 31, 2011 in New York.
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Jewelry representing happiness, health and money among other things, are being sold at the Wishes Market in Lima, on December 27, 2011. Every year before New Year, shamans from the Andean region make predictions for the next year at this market in the Peruvian capital.
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Visitors wearing illuminated bunny ears gather during the new year’s 2012 celebrations in Kuala Lumpur on December 31, 2011. Predominantly Muslim Malaysia welcomed 2012 with a dazzling fireworks display.
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A kaleidoscope of fireworks designed by Marc Newson explode over the Sydney Opera House (L) and the Sydney Harbour Bridge on January 1, 2012. Over one and a half million Sydneysiders lined the harbor vantage points to watch the spectacular pyrotechnic display usher in the New Year.
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Thousands of biodegradable balloons are released by Sao Paulo’s Commercial Association at Patio do Colegio, site of this Brazilian city’s foundation back in 1554, on December 30, 2011. The workers of the association started releasing balloons in 1992 and has now turned into tradition for celebrating New Year.
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Acrobats stack themselves up on a bicycle in front of a background featuring a Chinese traditional Dragon during a celebration for the upcoming new year in Beijing on December 31, 2011.
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Fireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight on January 1, 2012 in London, England. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames in central London to ring in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display.
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Fireworks, launched by French technicians, illuminate the Ebrie lagoon on December 30, 2011 in Abidjan to celebrate the end of the year 2011 marked by violence.