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PHOTOS: How we said hello to 2016

2015 was the year of hate. The year of hysteria. The year of absurdity. The year of civic activism. The year of ‘No.’ The year of Stephen Curry. The year of Nicki Minaj. The year of Pizza Rat. Or, for some, it was the year of the period.

2015 was many things to different people, but 2016 offers a clean slate, a new year to resolve our shortcomings. Here’s how revelers around the globe bid good riddance to 2015 and marked the start of 2016.

A reveler uses a mobile phone to take pictures of fireworks during a New Year celebration in Manila on Jan. 1, 2016.  Photo by Czar Dancel/Reuters

A reveler uses a mobile phone to take pictures of fireworks during a New Year celebration in Manila on Jan. 1, 2016. Photo by Czar Dancel/Reuters


People watch as fireworks explode over Copacabana beach during New Year celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

People watch as fireworks explode over Copacabana beach during New Year celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Ricardo Moraes/Reuters


A man gets a haircut depicting 2016 to welcome the New Year at a barbershop in Ahmedabad, India. Photo by Amit Dave/Reuters

A man gets a haircut depicting 2016 to welcome the New Year at a barbershop in Ahmedabad, India. Photo by Amit Dave/Reuters


Fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as Australia's largest city ushers in the new year. Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters

Fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as Australia’s largest city ushers in the new year. Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters


School students offer prayers for the world peace in the upcoming year of 2016 in Ahmedabad, India, on Dec. 31, 2015. Photo by Amit Dave/Reuters

School students offer prayers for the world peace in the upcoming year of 2016 in Ahmedabad, India, on Dec. 31, 2015. Photo by Amit Dave/Reuters


A couple kisses inside a giant inflatable ball during a countdown event to celebrate New Year in Seoul, South Korea. Photo by Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

A couple kisses inside a giant inflatable ball during a countdown event to celebrate New Year in Seoul, South Korea. Photo by Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters


A New Year's reveller (R) receives a gift of sparklers as hundreds of partygoers await the first sunrise of the new year on Australia's Bondi Beach in Sydney. Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters

A New Year’s reveller (R) receives a gift of sparklers as hundreds of partygoers await the first sunrise of the new year on Australia’s Bondi Beach in Sydney. Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters


Dancers perform to celebrate the new year during a countdown event at Tai Miao, the imperial ancestral temple in the Forbidden City, in Beijing, China. Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters

Dancers perform to celebrate the new year during a countdown event at Tai Miao, the imperial ancestral temple in the Forbidden City, in Beijing, China. Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters


The numbers "2016" are written in the air with a sparkler on a bank of the Yenisei River in the Taiga district, near the town of Divnogorsk outside Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Picture taken with long exposure. Photo by Ilya Naymushin/Reuters

The numbers “2016” are written in the air with a sparkler on a bank of the Yenisei River in the Taiga district, near the town of Divnogorsk outside Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Picture taken with long exposure. Photo by Ilya Naymushin/Reuters


Egyptians celebrate in front of great pyramids during New Year's day celebrations on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. Photo by Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Egyptians celebrate in front of great pyramids during New Year’s day celebrations on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. Photo by Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters


The Address Downtown Dubai hotel and residential block is seen engulfed by fire as fireworks explode over the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, during the New Year celebrations in Dubai. Photo by Hassan Al Rasi/Reuters

The Address Downtown Dubai hotel and residential block is seen engulfed by fire as fireworks explode over the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, during the New Year celebrations in Dubai. Photo by Hassan Al Rasi/Reuters


People hold balloons to release them at the turn of the New Year at a hotel in front of the landmark Tokyo Tower in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters

People hold balloons to release them at the turn of the New Year at a hotel in front of the landmark Tokyo Tower in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters


Revelers dance in front of lit sparklers while celebrating New Year's Eve in Paranaque city, metro Manila in the Philippines. Photo by Romeo Ranoco/Reuters

Revelers dance in front of lit sparklers while celebrating New Year’s Eve in Paranaque city, metro Manila in the Philippines. Photo by Romeo Ranoco/Reuters


Fireworks explode next to the Quadriga sculpture atop the Brandenburg gate during New Year celebrations in Berlin, Germany.. Photo by Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Fireworks explode next to the Quadriga sculpture atop the Brandenburg gate during New Year celebrations in Berlin, Germany.. Photo by Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters


Fireworks explode in Marina Bay against the skyline of Singapore during New Year's Day celebrations. Photo by Edgar Su/Reuters

Fireworks explode in Marina Bay against the skyline of Singapore during New Year’s Day celebrations. Photo by Edgar Su/Reuters

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