Hogmanay celebrations began early in Edinburgh, Scotland, with men dressed as Vikings taking part in a torchlight procession on December 30.
Credit: Jeff J Mitchell

Instead of fireworks, we thought we'd take a look at some of the more interesting festivities around the world as people prepare to bid farewell to 2013 and usher in 2014.

  • In Brazil, the faithful carry offerings for Iemanja, Goddess of the Sea, as part of traditional New Year's celebrations on the sands of Copacabana beach on December 28, 2013. West African slaves brought Iemanja, a goddess of the African Candomble religion, to Brazil. Devotees, dressed in white, carry a statue of Iemanja to the beach while tossing flowers and other offerings into the sea.
    Credit: Mario Tama
  • The release of thousands of (biodegradable) balloons by members of Sao Paulo's commercial association became an annual New Year's tradition in 1992.
    Credit: NELSON ALMEIDA
  • Hogmanay celebrations began early in Edinburgh, Scotland, with men dressed as Vikings taking part in a torchlight procession on December 30.
    Credit: Jeff J Mitchell
  • Sea lion "Jay" [check out his awesome mane!] paints a Chinese character reading "the horse" to brush up on his calligraphy. He'll be part of Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium's New Year's Day attraction in suburban Tokyo. Don't worry if you miss him... he'll be doing his thang until the end of January.
    Credit: KAZUHIRO NOGI
  • Grandfather Frost (Ded Moroz) and his Snow Maiden (Snegurochka) take part in a New Year's parade in Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek on December 31, 2013.
    Credit: VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO
  • This is how nudists in southern France ring in the New Year. Brrrrrrr.
    Credit: PASCAL GUYOT

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