New Year traditions
With a new year comes new dreams and new possibilities. While many in Jamaica rang in the New Year at their favourite party or enjoying the fireworks on the waterfront, people across the world engaged in slightly different activities. Here is a round-up of how the New Year was celebrated around the world.
Japan: Japan's Emperor Akihito, (third from left), and Empress Michiko (fourth from left) greet well-wishers through the bullet-proof glass at a balcony of the Imperial Palace during New Year's public appearance in Tokyo. Imperial family members are (from left) Crown Princess Masako, Crown Prince Naruhito, Akihito, Michiko, Prince Akishino, Princess Kako.
Seattle: Colourful bursts of fireworks explode along the 605-foot height of the Space Needle during the 'T-Mobile New Years Eve at the Needle'.-AP PHOTOS
Canada: People take part in the annual Penguin Plunge to celebrate the New Year in Deep Cove in North Vancouver, British Columbia.
France: Enthusiasts from the long-established swimming club Les Ours Blancs (The Polar Bears) drink champagne during an annual New Year's celebration swim in Biarritz, southwestern France.
Italy: Marco Fois, of Italy, dives into the Tiber river from the 18 metres (59 feet) high Cavour Bridge in Rome.