WELCOMING THE NEW YEAR “2011″

H A P P Y N E W Y E A R A L L

Beautiful photos from around the world celebrating the turn of the New Year, courtesy of T H E B I G P I C T U R E! 2011 will be observed as the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac, a year with attributes of gentleness, persistence and luck. Enjoy :D

In this time exposure photograph residents use sparklers to welcome 2011 during the New Year’s festivities in Manila, Philippines on January 1, 2011. [Photo: ROMEO GACAD]

Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year January 1, 2011.

Local authorities planned for over 1.5 million people to crowd the Sydney Harbour foreshore and welcome in the new year under the massive fireworks display. [Photo: Tim Wimborne]

Members of Sao Paulo’s Commerce Association release balloons with the colors of the Brazilian flag to celebrate the end of the year in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010. [Photo: Andre Penner]

Children wear bear furs during New Year ritual dances in Comanesti, Romania on Friday Dec. 30 2010.

In pre-Christian rural traditions, dancers wearing colored costumes or animal furs, toured from house to house in villages singing and dancing to ward off evil. [Photo: Vadim Ghirda]

The Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball is tested they day before New Year’s Eve December 30, 2010 in New York City. The 11,875-pound Waterford crystal ball will descend a 141-foot tall flagpole to mark the beginning of 2011. [Photo: Mario Tama]

Zoo owner Manny Tangco holds up a rabbit and a tiger cub while surrounded by local children at the Malabon Zoo in Malabon, in northern Metro Manila, Philippines on December 28, 2010 to illustrate the shift from the “Year of the Tiger” to the “Year of the Rabbit”. [Photo: NOEL CELIS]

A woman holds an offering of fruits as shamans perform a ritual for good luck for the new year in Lima, Peru on December 29, 2010. [Photo: Mariana Bazo]

Fireworks explode above Singapore’s financial district at the stroke of midnight to mark the New Year celebrations Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011. [Photo: Wong Maye-E]

People release balloons as the Tokyo Tower is illuminated to celebrate New Year at a countdown event at the Zojo-ji Buddhist temple in Tokyo January 1, 2011. [Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon]

Revelers wave during the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Hong Kong’s Times Square on Saturday Jan. 1, 2011. [Photo: Vincent Yu]

A Taiwanese performer plays a drum during the New Year’s eve ceremony, Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, in Taipei, Taiwan.

The events marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China, Taiwan’s official name, after a revolution led by Sun Yat-sen toppled China’s last Qing dynasty. [Photo: Chiang Ying-ying]

John and Anne Pham wear Santa hats as they pose for a holiday photo with their granddaughter Amanda Pham in front of the downtown Los Angeles skyline, on December 31, 2010 at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area in Los Angeles, California.

Unusually low temperatures have brought the snow level down to between 2,000 and 2,500 feet (610 and 762 meters) in the surrounding mountain areas. [Photo: ROBYN BECK]

Fireworks explode over Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, celebrating the new year in Dubai January 1, 2011. [Photo: Ahmed Jadallah]

Pakistanis watch the New Year fireworks in Karachi on January 1, 2011. [Photo: RIZWAN TABASSUM]

Fireworks illuminate the Quadriga sculpture atop the Brandenburg Gate during a New Year’s Eve party in Berlin, January 1, 2011. [Photo: Tobias Schwarz]

Skiers hold flares as they make their way down the mountain in Angel Fire, New Mexico on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 to celebrate the new year. [Photo: Eric Gay]

Fireworks explode over Copacabana beach during New Year celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2010. [Photo: Felipe Dana]

Confetti is dropped on revelers at midnight during New Year celebrations in Times Square in New York City on January 1, 2011. [Photo: Gary Hershorn]

Chris Abaire (left) kisses Kirsten Razz after proposing to her after the New Year’s Eve ball dropped during celebrations in New York’s Times Square on January 1, 2011. [Photo: Jessica Rinaldi]

A group of revelers watch fireworks illuminating the scene, from their high vantage point over the city of Davos, Switzerland, at the beginning of the New Year, early on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011. [Photo: Keystone, Martin Kappler]

The New Year is greeted by a fireworks display on the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington on Saturday Jan. 1, 2011. [Photo: The Seattle Times, Jim Bates]

This gallery is full if WIN! I couldn’t tell you which picture is my favourite, but Switzerland, the photo with the granddaughter and the Taiwanese performer playing the drum, fill my head with all sorts. Take more photos folks and have a good one.

Also, be water safe this time of year, and mindful of the ones around you too. Later ;)

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~ by Fionnlagh on January 3, 2011.

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