Jan 1, 2021 - World

In pictures: The world rings in the new year amid a pandemic

New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over the Chao Phraya river during the fireworks show in Bangkok on January 1, 2021.
New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over the Chao Phraya river during the fireworks show in Bangkok. Photo: Mladen Antonov/AFP via Getty Images

People around the world on Thursday held celebrations to end the year and welcome a new — and hopefully better — one.

Why it matters: 2020, ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, economic upheaval and natural disasters, is finally behind us.

  • While fireworks erupted over major cities worldwide, the streets were largely deserted due to coronavirus restrictions.
Police officers walk in a nearly empty Times Square due to Covid-19 restrictions on New Year's Eve in New York City, December 31, 2020.
Police officers walk in a nearly empty Times Square due to COVID-19 restrictions on New Year's Eve in New York City. Photo: Corey Sipkin/AFP via Getty Images
 A group of young Palestinians hurl scintillants to celebrate the New Year during curfew, amid the novel coroanvirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Gaza City, Gaza on December 31, 2020.
A group of young Palestinians hurl scintillants to celebrate the new year during curfew amid the coronavirus pandemic in Gaza City. Photo: Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
A drone photo shows empty view of Sihhiye Square during a general curfew  during the New Year's Eve, in Ankara, Turkey
A drone photo shows empty view of Sihhiye Square in Ankara, Turkey, during a general curfew imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Mehmet Ali Ozcan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Fireworks and drones illuminate the night sky over the The O2 in London as they form a light display as London's normal New Year's Eve fireworks display was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic
Fireworks and drones illuminate the night sky over London. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images
Police patrols checks prevent people from gathering on open spaces which is closed to the public to avoid the risk of Covid-19 virus contagiontoon December 31, 2020 in Athens, Greece
Police patrols public spaces in Athens, Greece, on New Year's Eve to prevent people from gathering due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images
People hold sparklers as they attend New Year celebrations in Kazan's Chyornoye Ozero Park.
People hold sparklers as they attend New Year's Eve celebrations in Kazan, Russia. Photo: Yegor Aleyev\TASS via Getty Images
People wear protective face masks while attending a public New Year's Eve countdown party in Hanoi, Vietnam.
People wear face masks while attending a public New Year's Eve countdown party in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Linh Pham/Getty Images
New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Ras al-Khaimah, one of the world's largest fireworks shows on January 1, 2021.
New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Ras al-Khaimah, UAE, one of the world's largest fireworks shows. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP via Getty Images
People wearing facemasks to protect against COVID-19 watch a drone show during New Year's Eve celebrations at a park on January 1, 2021 in Manila, Philippines.
People wearing face masks watch a drone show during New Year's Eve celebrations in Manila, Philippines. Photo: Ezra Acayan/Getty Images
A fireworks display is seen over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia.
A fireworks display is seen over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Wendell Teodoro/Getty Images
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