Britain's Brexit transition period is over; the country has left the EU's Customs Union and Single Market. Friday's public holiday meant little cross-Channel freight traffic and none of the much-feared border queues.
Scuba divers plunged underwater at Lotte World Aquarium on Sunday dressed in ‘hanbok’ - traditional Korean clothing - to share New Year’s greetings. Visitors took photos in front of the divers who posed as manta rays and large fish swam around them. The event will be held every weekend until the middle of February.
Confetti fluttered on to frontline workers scattered across Times Square after fireworks burst above eerily quiet landmarks from Puerta del Sol to Copacabana beach, as the world ushered in the New Year with muted celebrations and said good riddance to a pandemic-ridden 2020.
Cities in Oceania and Asia welcome the new year, with different apporaches to festivities taken depending on the current status of Covid-19 in a territory. Crowds pack Auckland, Wuhan, Pyongyang and Taipei, while Bangkok has fireworks but no crowd - a precursor for New Year's celebrations to follow in other Covid-hit parts of the world.
31 Dec 2020
French DJ David Guetta has "a message of hope" and remains upbeat as he talks about livestreaming a New Year concert, the profits from which will go to Unicef and the French 'Restos du Coeur' charity.
30 Dec 2020
Rio de Janeiro residents react after several Brazilian media report that football star Neymar is organising a huge New Year's Eve party at his luxury beachside mansion near the city amid the coronavirus pandemic, a claim his lawyers have denied.
4 Jan 2020
The Krefeld Zoo has reopened after a fire on New Year's Eve decimated its primate exhibit. Visitors mourned the community's loss but cherished the international support it has received.
2 Jan 2020
A zoo in the German city of Krefeld said "our worst fears have become reality" after a fire destroyed a primate sanctuary. Police said a drifting New Year sky lantern was be to blame for the tragedy.
1 Jan 2020
People across the world welcome the start of the new year with fireworks and parties.
17 Dec 2019
Every year, about 25 million Christmas trees are used to decorate German homes. Since 2018, a Berlin landscape gardener has been making trees available for rent, in order to avoid them being discarded after New Year's Eve.
1 Apr 2019
While the effects of Chinese New Year in early February played a part, the figures were a surprise for market analysts. They come amid a global slowdown and ongoing dispute with the US over trade tariffs.