World Welcomes 2013

Burma holds first public NYE bash in decades

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 1, 2013 3:37 AM CST

(Newser) – Fireworks lit up the sky in big and small cities around the world as people said farewell to 2012 and welcomed the new year. Many hoped for a better 2013 after another year of economic uncertainty, and in New York City's Times Square, some of the hundreds of thousands of revelers could be seen checking their phones for updates on the fiscal cliff negotiations, the AP reports. "With all the sadness in the country, we're looking for some good changes in 2013," a visitor from Massachusetts said.

Festivities were muted in many recession-hit parts of Europe, while in New Delhi, big hotels and other venues canceled their New Year's celebrations to mourn a gang-rape victim whose death sparked nationwide rage over women's safety. But in Burma, the mood was joyous at a huge celebration outside the capital thrown by the reformist government—it was the first public New Year's Eve celebration held in the country.

It was a tough 2012 for Greece, but the country could still afford a few fireworks.   (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Revelers are gathered on the Champs Elyysee to celebrate the New Year in Paris, Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013.   (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
Psy performs in Times Square during New Year's Eve celebrations.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Duval Street in front of the Bourbon St. Pub complex in Key West, Fla., is jammed with New Year's Eve revelers as they await the descent of female impersonator Gary Marion.   (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman)
Sri Lankan inmates of the Welikada prison carry statues of Buddha as they take part in a New Year's Eve religious ceremony.   (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Fireworks explode over Kim Il Sung Square in celebration of the New Year in Pyongyang, North Korea.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
Fireworks explode behind the Opera House during the New Year celebrations in Sydney, Australia.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Workers set up a stage for Burma's first-ever public New Year's countdown celebration.   (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)
Residents explode fireworks during New Year celebrations at the Pavao Pavaozinho slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.   (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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