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World steps into New Year with hope and prayers on its lips

World steps into New Year with hope and prayers on its lips

The world began its New Year 2021 celebrations on a note of hope and optimism. Many celebrations were muted but not all. New Zealand, Australia and Japan are the first ones to celebrate. We take a look at their celebrations and move across the world.

Celebrations in different cities in Australia. People in Melbourne give it a thumbs up while those in Sydney play it calm.

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<em>(Photo courtesy: https://twitter.com/TonyDeJonker)</em>

Pandemic curbs have ensured that the celebrations for New Year 2021 have been lowkey in one of the most celebratory societies, Australia.

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<em>(Photo courtesy: https://twitter.com/coretvnewsng)</em>

Celebrations in Australia have been under a strict vigil by authorities.

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<em>(Photo courtesy:  https://twitter.com/irishtimesvideo)</em>

Japan had a muted New Year 2021 celebration due to snowfall and the fear of coronavirus.

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<em>(Photo courtesy: https://twitter.com/ChannelNewsAsia)</em>

Photograph below shows an empty street in Japan, which otherwise would host a street market with lots of people bursting with enthusiasm.

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<em>(Photo courtesy: https://twitter.com/BabelTeq)</em>

Devotees attend the first Friday mass of 2021 at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila.

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<em>(Photo courtesy: https://twitter.com/PhilstarNews)</em>

Philippines' capital city Manila celebrates New Year 2021.

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<em>(Photo courtesy: https://twitter.com/PhilstarNews)</em>

Indians look forward to 2021 as the sun sets down on an eventful and unhappy 2020.

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<em>(Photo: IANS)</em>

Egypt celebrates the New Year 2021 with fireworks and celebrations.

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<em>(Photo courtesy: https://twitter.com/AfricaFactsAFZ)</em>

The UK, reeling under a severe coronavirus load had imposed strict social distancing norms. Londoners ushered in a subdued 2021. Mayor Sadiq Khan wished the people and uploaded an image of fireworks thanking the National Health Service and other British icons.

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<em>(Photo courtesy: https://twitter.com/sadiqkhan)</em>

USA, one of the worst affected countries rings in New Year 2021 with Jennifer Lopez's performance at New York's iconic Times Square. She performed before a small select audience even as New York plans to vaccinate one million people in a dazzling city which is now cowering under the scare of coronavirus.

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<em>(Photo courtesy: https://twitter.com/nycgov)</em>

Meanwhile, in the US, we had Fox News holding a party.

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<em>(Screenshot from https://twitter.com/NYEonFOX)</em>

Police Chief Adam Palmer greets people his New Year wishes from Vancouver's Granville St.

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(Photo courtesy: https://twitter.com/ChiefPalmer).