New Year’s Eve Global Celebrations Bring in 2015

Shinto priests conduct an end of year ritual ahead of the new year at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. Over the coming days, more than three million people are expected to visit the shrine to pray for health and prosperity in 2015 Runners in Brazil’s annual Sao Silvestre race in Sao Paulo warmed up for the night of celebration with a 15km run Students at China’s Shenyang Agriculture University found their own way of marking the start of 2015 A woman prays during new year celebrations at Jogye Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour was lit up by fireworks as the clock hit midnight The Gulf Arab emirate of Dubai aimed to break the world record for the largest LED-illuminated facade It was a similar picture from students in Ahmadabad, India Grandfather Frost – the Russian equivalent of Father Christmas – and his granddaughter joined Kyrgyzstan’s new year parade in Bishkek In France revellers gathered near the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees Avenue in Paris Moscow’s skyline lit up as fireworks flared over the Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral 2015 is the “Year of the Sheep” in China, as illustrated by this student in eastern Shandong province A firework display was held in central Prague n Italy people welcomed the new year on the Piazza Venezia in Rome People hung wooden plaques with wishes or prayers for 2015 at the shrine Sydney’s Harbour Bridgeas the centrepiece of the city’s new year...