With flashy fireworks and subdued celebrations, some wearing masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus and others wearing bright glasses, the world has slipped from 2021 to 2022.
With flashy fireworks displays and low-key celebrations, some wearing masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus and others wearing bright glasses, the world has slipped from 2021 to 2022. As the grip of the fast-spreading variant of the omicron is tightening, many are clinging to the hope that the new year will bring better days.
Revelers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, descended on luxury hotels outside Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, during a fireworks display and laser light show.
“If you don’t party, life will pass you by,” said Lujain Orfi, a 26-year-old tourist from the holy city of Medina in Saudi Arabia.
Large crowds gathered in the Serbian capital of Belgrade for open-air concerts, fireworks and a light show where, unlike elsewhere in Europe, mass gatherings were allowed.
In Japan, masked revelers filled temples and shrines, dined and drank in downtown Tokyo and in crowded shopping areas.
“I hope the holidays are blessed for all of us,” said Naoki Matsuzawa, a writer who lives in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo. He plans to spend the next few days volunteering to cook and deliver New Year’s food to the elderly.
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