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Revelers take part in the festivities in New York's Times Square shortly after midnight New Year's Day Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)

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Nathan Dunville, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, left, and Adam Boutilier, of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, pose for family photographs at the NHL Winter Classic hockey game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wednesday, Jan, 1. 2014, where the Detroit Red Wings play the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Pakistani Christians attend a prayer service on the first day of the New Year at a local church in Lahore, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

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People on a rooftop in the Pavao Pavaozinho slum watch fireworks exploding over Copacabana beach during New Year's Eve celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

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Gretchen Wilson performs on the Austal Stage in Bienville Square during the Moon Pie Over Mobile New Year's Eve Celebration Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in downtown Mobile, Ala.

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Fireworks fill the air in the bay over the Oakland, bottom, and San Francisco skylines, divided by the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge, as part of New Year's Eve celebrations in a view from Oakland, Calif. on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

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An Indian Sikh devotee takes a holy dip in the sacred pond at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Thousands of Sikh devotees stand in a queue to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple, Sikhs' holiest shrine, on the first day of the New Year.

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Fireworks explode above the central square of Rosa Khutor ski resort, a venue of the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Krasnaya Polyana, 60 kilometers (37.5 miles) east of Sochi, Russia during New Year's celebrations early Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

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Indian families enjoy a ride on decorated horse driven carts on a street on the first day of the New Year, in Kolkata, India, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

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Confetti and other debris fill New York's Times Square, Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014, in New York.

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Three children bring Pope Francis the offertory as he celebrates a mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

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An effigy of Nelson Mandela, center, flanked by a message that reads in Spanish "Listen kids, hold hands and make up, or..." stands by statues of President Barack Obama holding a camera and the hand of Cuba's President Raul Castro. In Ecuador, effigies of politicians and other public figures are traditionally burned at midnight every Jan. 1 to mark the end of the old year.

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In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, a large reproduction of a conch shell is lowered to the roof of Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla., early Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. The subtropical island city staged four different New Year's Eve drops.

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An Indian vendor blows soap bubbles to attract customers at a park in Kolkata, India, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Many people visited the public park on the first day of the New Year.

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People toast with champagne while swimming in the cold water, during the annual swim in the Lake of Geneva for celebrating the New Year at the Bains des Paquis, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

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People gather at daybreak on the top steps of the Lincoln Memorial looking toward the Washington Monument to watch the first sunrise of the New Year in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

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Argentine-born Maestro Daniel Barenboim kisses one of the musicians as he conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the traditional New Year's concert at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

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Bolivian dancers perform on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014, as part of a parade organized by fairground entertainers to celebrate the New Year.

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Pope Francis delivers his blessing during the Angelus noon prayer he celebrated from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. "We are all children of one heavenly father, we belong to the same human family and we share a common destiny," Francis said.

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Italy's Maurizio Palmulli known as "Mister Ok" dives into the Tiber River from the 18 meter (59 feet) high Cavour Bridge in Rome, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, to celebrate the New Year.

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A woman with a colororful dress walks into the water as she attends the annual New Year's swimming of the winter swimming club Berliner Seehunde (Berlin Seals) at Oranke Lake in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

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In this photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, visitors crowd the Las Vegas Strip at midnight on Jan 1, 2014. Las Vegas officials expect to welcome approximately 335,000 visitors for the holiday.

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Revelers watch the Allendale tar barrel men carry burning whiskey barrels on their heads, primed with tar, shavings and a pint of paraffin as part of the Baal Fire in Allendale, England, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. The ritual takes place every year on 31st December as a farewell to the past 12 months a ceremony which has been in existence since the Dark Ages.

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Thousands of protesters march during a demonstration demanding universal suffrage for the people of Hong Kong on New Year's Day in Hong Kong Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. The blue banner reads "Without universal suffrage? See you in Central!"

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Gallery posted: 1/1/2014 10:36 AM

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Images of New Year's Day celebrations and observances . From the traditional ball drop in Times Square to protestors in Hong Kong, people recognized the holiday and the first day of 2014.
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