New York’s Time Square and the iconic New Year’s Eve Ball descended marking the final seconds of the decade and welcoming in the new.
With hugs and kisses, party goers looked forward to a more hopeful decade after 10 years marred by war and an uncertain economy.
When the traditional paper squares rained down they carried thousands of personal messages and 2010 wishes from around the world.
Perhaps the mood of the times was perhaps best embodied by the famous ball – this year it was more energy efficient than ever before.
Competing for the longest New Years’s Eve firework display, Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro lit up the skies above the famous Copacabana beach for a full 20 minutes.
Two million people flocked to watch the celebrations – the city has much to be happy about as it recently won its bid to host the 2016 Olympics.
But let’s face it, partying is what this city does best at any time.