New Year’s Eve celebrations rolled on around the world, despite heightened fears of of terrorist attacks.
As 2015 drew to a close, many people were bidding a weary and wary adieu to a year marred by attacks that left nations reeling and nerves rattled.
In Bangkok, site of a deadly bombing months ago, police flanked partygoers. In Paris, residents recovering from their city’s own deadly attacks enjoyed scaled-back celebrations. And in Munich, police warned of the threat of a terror attack.
But in other spots across the planet, revellers welcomed in 2016.
A look at how people around the welcomed the new year:
Paris, still recovering from the deadly Nov. 13 attacks, cancelled its usual fireworks display in favour of a five-minute video performance at the Arc de Triomphe just before midnight, relayed on screens along the Champs Elysee.
Fireworks lit up the sky above the Brandenburg Gate shortly after midnight in Berlin.
The Giza Pyramids near Cairo was the site of New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Tokyo rang in the new year 14 hours ahead of the eastern time zone.
People left messages and wishes for the new year at Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine earlier in the day.
Beijing celebrated the Gregorian calendar’s new year ahead of Chinese New Year, which comes on Feb. 8.
Singapore shot fireworks into the sky over Marina Bay.
Sydney, Australia, celebrated with fireworks over the Opera House.
Taiwan’s Taipei 101 tower before the fireworks …
… and after.
In Sao Paolo, Brazil, runners took to the streets in costumes for the annual New Year’s run.
In Lucerne, Switzerland, people jumped into the chilly waters of the Reuss.
Indians celebrated New Year’s with vegetable art …
Face painting …
… and head-shaving.
Meanwhile, in Brussels, the city cancelled its New Year’s celebrations due to fears of an attack.
Security was also heightened in Shanghai after last year’s deadly stampede.
Jakarta was on high alert after alleged plans for attacks on Christmas and New Year’s were foiled.
Still, celebrations have been mainly joyful — like these happy people in Seoul. How will you ring in 2016?
With files from Tracey Lindeman, Associated Press