Welcoming 2013 around the globe

With just hours to go until parts of the world usher in the New Year, communities around the globe are taking part in rituals to welcome 2013.

The New Year's Eve Ball, is tested atop One Times Square in New York. Photo: REUTERS

The New Year's Eve Ball, is tested atop One Times Square in New York. Photo: REUTERS

Philippine National Police tape the muzzles of their guns to avoid accidental discharges during New Year's celebrations. Photo: REUTERS

Philippine National Police tape the muzzles of their guns to avoid accidental discharges during New Year's celebrations. Photo: REUTERS

Philippine National Police tape the muzzles of their guns to avoid accidental discharges during New Year's celebrations. Photo: REUTERS

Philippine National Police tape the muzzles of their guns to avoid accidental discharges during New Year's celebrations. Photo: REUTERS

Philippine National Police tape the muzzles of their guns to avoid accidental discharges during New Year's celebrations. Photo: REUTERS

Philippine National Police tape the muzzles of their guns to avoid accidental discharges during New Year's celebrations. Photo: REUTERS

A follower of Afro-Brazilian religion Umbanda goes into a trance during a ceremony in tribute to Iemanja, goddess of the sea. Every end of the year, worshippers present gifts to the sea goddess to give thanks for the year that is finishing and ask for blessings for the upcoming new year. Photo: REUTERS

A follower of Afro-Brazilian religion Umbanda goes into a trance during a ceremony in tribute to Iemanja, goddess of the sea. Every end of the year, worshippers present gifts to the sea goddess to give thanks for the year that is finishing and ask for blessings for the upcoming new year. Photo: REUTERS

A follower of Afro-Brazilian religion Umbanda goes into a trance during a ceremony in tribute to Iemanja, goddess of the sea. Every end of the year, worshippers present gifts to the sea goddess to give thanks for the year that is finishing and ask for blessings for the upcoming new year. Photo: REUTERS

A follower of Afro-Brazilian religion Umbanda goes into a trance during a ceremony in tribute to Iemanja, goddess of the sea. Every end of the year, worshippers present gifts to the sea goddess to give thanks for the year that is finishing and ask for blessings for the upcoming new year. Photo: REUTERS

Members of the Cryophil amateur winter bathing club swim with a "New Year tree" in the Yenisei River as they celebrate the upcoming new year in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. Photo: REUTERS

Members of the Cryophil amateur winter bathing club swim with a "New Year tree" in the Yenisei River as they celebrate the upcoming new year in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. Photo: REUTERS

Members of the Cryophil amateur winter bathing club swim with a "New Year tree" in the Yenisei River as they celebrate the upcoming new year in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. Photo: REUTERS

Members of the Cryophil amateur winter bathing club swim with a "New Year tree" in the Yenisei River as they celebrate the upcoming new year in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. Photo: REUTERS

Members of the Cryophil amateur winter bathing club swim with a "New Year tree" in the Yenisei River as they celebrate the upcoming new year in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. Photo: REUTERS

Members of the Cryophil amateur winter bathing club swim with a "New Year tree" in the Yenisei River as they celebrate the upcoming new year in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. Photo: REUTERS

Up Helly Aa vikings from the Shetland Islands, hold lit torches during the annual torchlight procession to mark the start of Hogmanay (New Year) celebrations in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: REUTERS

Up Helly Aa vikings from the Shetland Islands, hold lit torches during the annual torchlight procession to mark the start of Hogmanay (New Year) celebrations in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: REUTERS

The New Year's Eve Ball, is tested atop One Times Square in New York. Photo: REUTERS

The New Year's Eve Ball, is tested atop One Times Square in New York. Photo: REUTERS

The New Year's Eve Ball, is tested atop One Times Square in New York. Photo: REUTERS

The New Year's Eve Ball, is tested atop One Times Square in New York. Photo: REUTERS

The New Year's Eve Ball, is tested atop One Times Square in New York. Photo: REUTERS

The New Year's Eve Ball, is tested atop One Times Square in New York. Photo: REUTERS

The New Year's Eve Ball, is tested atop One Times Square in New York. Photo: REUTERS

The New Year's Eve Ball, is tested atop One Times Square in New York. Photo: REUTERS

The New Year's Eve Ball, is tested atop One Times Square in New York. Photo: REUTERS

The New Year's Eve Ball, is tested atop One Times Square in New York. Photo: REUTERS

Up Helly Aa vikings from the Shetland Islands, hold lit torches during the annual torchlight procession to mark the start of Hogmanay (New Year) celebrations in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: REUTERS

Up Helly Aa vikings from the Shetland Islands, hold lit torches during the annual torchlight procession to mark the start of Hogmanay (New Year) celebrations in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: REUTERS

Up Helly Aa vikings from the Shetland Islands, hold lit torches during the annual torchlight procession to mark the start of Hogmanay (New Year) celebrations in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: REUTERS

Up Helly Aa vikings from the Shetland Islands, hold lit torches during the annual torchlight procession to mark the start of Hogmanay (New Year) celebrations in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: REUTERS

Up Helly Aa vikings from the Shetland Islands, hold lit torches during the annual torchlight procession to mark the start of Hogmanay (New Year) celebrations in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: REUTERS

Up Helly Aa vikings from the Shetland Islands, hold lit torches during the annual torchlight procession to mark the start of Hogmanay (New Year) celebrations in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: REUTERS