In terms of when 2014 strikes throughout the world, New York's Times Square is a relative latecomer. Here are some spectacular shots from places that celebrated the New Year before it reached the Americas!
A couple of fun facts for the occasion:
Champagne in moderation is a brain booster. Phenols in champagne can help the brain record and store information. Because champagne contains a large proportion of dark grapes, it confers health benefits similar to those of red wine.
New York will “ride in” the New Year. For the past three days, New York City and visiting bicyclists have been generating power on stationary Citi Bike® bicycles to power the annual Times Square event. So when the festive ball drops to usher in 2014 in a few hours, renewable energy will be contributing to the flashiness of its cascade.