From swimming in chilly waters, to a parade and a religious ceremony, take a look at how people across Europe spent New Year's Day.
People wearing demonic masks and straw garments visited homes in Japan on NewYear's Eve to ward off evil spirits, bring good luck and make children behave.
While many are celebrating New Year's Eve with countdowns and fireworks, in Thailand worshippers at a temple in suburban Bangkok lay inside coffins and took part in traditional funeral rituals.
How does Europe bring in the New Year? Euronews staff tell us how they celebrate in their home countries.
A giant rice cake has been placed at a shrine north of Tokyo to pray for a good harvest and the safety of the region in the coming year
A dog handed over its responsibilities to a wild boar at a ceremony marking the change of year under the Oriental zodiac
The unique activity of splashing water into ice amid extreme low temperatures was staged in different areas in northeast China`s Heilongjiang Province on Saturday to celebrate Winter Solstice
Who brings the presents? Britain Father Christmas. France Le père Noël (Saint Nicolas in north-eastern France). Germany Baby Jesus. Greece Aghios
Thousands of Cubans walked and crawled up the hill to the Shrine of Saint Lazarus on Sunday, seeking relief from health problems and hoping for economic prosperity and general well-being.
Window cleaners dressed as the current and the next Chinese zodiac animals washed hotel windows in Tokyo on Thursday (December 13) in anticipation of the coming year.
Pilgrims arrive at Virgin of Guadalupe Basilica in Mexico City
Shinto priests have done year-end cleaning of a shrine bridge at a UNESCO World Heritage site in the city of Nikko, north of Tokyo.
Hundreds of the folkloric character Krampus who punishes children who have misbehaved, run through Christmas market in Munich
A giant Christmas cake was unveiled in Dresden on Saturday as part of the German city's 25th annual 'Stollenfest'.
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Hundreds of cadets at the Japanese National Defence Academy on Sunday took part in one of Japan's great spectacles, the annual Botaoshi or 'topple the pole' event.
Tens of thousands of Mexicans lined the capital's Reforma boulevard on Saturday (October 27) for the Day of the Dead parade, a modern twist on a belief that dates back to the pre-Hispanic era.
The world-famous buffalo race of Chon Buri continues on its 147th year along with buffalo conservation activities to promote knowledge in buffalo rearing and rice farming.
A pick-your-own pumpkin patch boasting over 70 varieties of the fruit in Kent, south-east England, is getting British families into the Halloween spirit.
Mexicans threw a macabre party on Sunday (October 21), disguising themselves as the iconic Mexican skeleton figure known as "La Catrina" or "Elegant Skull" and flooded the streets for a pre-Day of the Dead parade.
Hundreds of waiters in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires took part in the annual waiters' race on Saturday, walking as fast as possible without spilling bottles and drink glasses from their trays.
October 2 marks Gandhi's birthday as well as International Day of Non-Violence, an ideal that Gandhi strove towards.
The role of living goddess means the four-year-old must live in a temple and away from her family home until she reaches puberty.
Eighty people lifted a giant fire dragon through the streets of Hong Kong on Monday as part of the city's mid-autumn festival celebrations.
The newest additions to the North Shore, Rodney and West Auckland police performed a passionate haka at their graduation ceremony on September 6.