Damian Shaw / EPA From Sydney to Siberia, revelers celebrate the arrival of a new year.
The new year’s westward march across the globe is well under way, with Samoa ushering in 2013 a full day before the clock strikes midnight in neighboring American Samoa.
It’s a quirk of the international dateline, which Samoa moved a year ago, giving it a jump on the jubilation that erupts as the earth bids farewell to one year and welcomes another, time zone by time zone.
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Up Helly Aa vikings from the Shetland Islands march in the torchlight procession to mark the start of Hogmanay (New Year) celebrations in Edinburgh on Dec. 30.
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We may have different calendars, customs and beliefs, but most of us mark the arrival of a new year. Take a look at the ways cultures around the world celebrate and bring good luck for the year ahead.
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