Celebrations are being held in Malawi and around the world to mark the New Year.

Hundreds of people gathered around various places to mark the entrance into the year 2013 mostly with firework display.

Drinking joints have also been full throughout the night with some parties also taking place in home and various places.

Yet others found it proper to enter the New Year praying at various religious places.

Similar shows are taking place in cities across the world, with hundreds of thousands lining London’s Thames and big crowds gathering in New York.

Celebrations have also been held for the first time in Burma, where large public gatherings were banned by its previous military rulers.

Huge crowds around the harbour in the Australian city of Sydney watched as seven tonnes of fireworks lit up the famous landmarks of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House to a soundtrack co-written by Australian singer Kylie Minogue.

Fireworks lit up the skyline in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, while South Korea ushered in the New Year with the traditional ringing 33 times of the 15th century Bosingak bell in the capital Seoul.

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