In pictures: New Year celebrations around the world

2013 gets underway with a bang.

Celebrating the New Year at the shore of the Gulf of Finland in the city of Zele
Celebrating the New Year at the shore of the Gulf of Finland in the city of Zelenogorsk. Photograph: Getty Images

Fireworks mark the stroke of midnight in central London.

The sky behind the London Eye during the fireworks display.

Celebrations in Sydney.

The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.

Revellers on Copacobana Beach in Brazil.

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg dances with The Rockettes.

Fireworks over the Parthenon in Athens.

Cologne in Germany.

Taking a dip in the holy water at the Sikh Shrine Golden Temple in Amritsar.