The earliest records of New Year festivities go back to the Babylonians about 4000 years ago.
The Mail & Guardian takes a look at how people all around the globe welcomed in the new year.
Sydney's skyline has erupted with fireworks as revellers cheered in the new year from the city's harbour in the world's first major 2013 celebration.
Cocooned in an armoured Nyala, the Mail & Guardian brings in the New Year in Hillbrow, Johannesburg.
Fridges might fly and beds may fall from the sky as residents in Hillbrow see in the New Year by throwing broken furniture onto the streets below.
Multicoloured starbusts and gigantic sparklers lit the midnight sky over Sydney Harbour in a dazzling fireworks to ring in the new year.
New Year festivities swept across Europe on Thursday -- but Gaza fears, Mumbai memories, economic collapse and tragedy in Thailand cast long shadows.
Hillbrow, notorious for its New Year's mayhem, was more subdued this year after a downpour of rain. Police blockaded Hillbrow in attempt to make c