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Balloons, Fireworks, Mariah Carey, Selfies With Counter-Terror Officers, An Olympian Wedding - That's New Year Around The World

And it wouldn't have been a New Year without those midnight kisses.

01/01/2017 10:32 SAST | Updated 01/01/2017 11:41 SAST
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People release balloons during New Year celebrations outside a church in Ahmedabad, India, January 1, 2017.

New Year celebrations around the world involved balloons, fireworks, celebrities... and kisses.

In Ahmedabad in India, there were thousands of balloons.

There were fireworks all around the world including in South America, Nigeria and even in war-torn Iraq.

In New York, singer Mariah Carey headlined the Times Square celebrations.

In Rome, the Pope led the New Year's Day mass.

And also in New York, there was a new subway ride that was a century in the making, when the long-awaited Second Avenue line held a launch party below street level on Saturday night and the new line was open to the public from Sunday.

In Taipei, Japan's table tennis Olympian Ai Fukuhara married Taiwanese table tennis Olympian Chiang Hung-chieh on New Year's Day.

In London, the queen missed the New Year church service because she had a bad cold.

Also in New York, a sign of the times was not just selfies, but selfies with the counter-terrorism task force. But of course, the long-standing tradition of New Year's kisses remained.

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Fireworks explode during New Year celebrations in the city of La Paz, Bolivia, December 31, 2016. REUTERS/David Mercado

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Fireworks are seen as people walk outside the venue of the One Lagos fiesta at the Bar beach in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos January 1, 2017. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

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Mariah Carey performs during a concert in Times Square on New Year's Eve in New York, U.S. December 31, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo walks amongst visitors at the 96th Street Station during a preview event for the Second Avenue subway line in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 22, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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People take a selfie with a member of the counter terrorism task force in Times Square in New York, U.S. January 1, 2017. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

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Japan's table tennis Olympian Ai Fukuhara (R) poses with her husband, Taiwanese table tennis Olympian Chiang Hung-chieh, before their wedding ceremony in Taipei, Taiwan, January 1, 2017. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

In Rome, the Pope led the New Year's Day mass.

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Pope Francis leads a mass on New Year's Day at Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican January 1, 2017. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

In Iraq, the war was briefly forgotten.

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Fireworks explode over the Al-Nusoor Square during the New Year celebrations in Baghdad, Iraq January 1, 2017. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

And of course, it wouldn't have been a New Year without those midnight kisses.

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Jillianne Sabatini and Stephen Regalia share a kiss to mark the new year in Times Square in New York, U.S. January 1, 2017. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith