PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: How The World Marked The New Year + More

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It’s a new year and this week’s photos, curated by‘s photo editor, Sodiq Adelakun, take us on a trip across the world showing how different cultures marked the transition into the new year:


A worshipper pray silently during the crossover service at a church in Abuja on December 31, 2021. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun


A man is seen dancing during the crossover service at a church in Abuja on January 1st, 2022. Sodiq Adelakun


A man makes his way into a church in Abuja for the crossover service on December 31, 2021. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun


NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – DECEMBER 31: In this image released on December 31, Darius Rucker performs during the New Year’s Eve Live Nashville’s Big Bash at in Nashville, Tennessee. Jason Kempin/Getty Images for The Green Room PR/AFP (Photo by Jason Kempin / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)


NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 01: People participate in the annual Polar Bear Plunge in Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough on January 1, 2022 in New York City. The event returned this year after a hiatus last year due to COVID-19. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by STEPHANIE KEITH / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)


A woman dressed in cosplay (R) handles an albino python as holidaygoers gather for the new year weekend in Bandung on January 2, 2022. (Photo by TIMUR MATAHARI / AFP)


A general view of a building on fire at the South African Parliament precinct in Cape Town on January 2, 2022. – A major fire broke out in the South African parliament building in Cape Town on January 2, 2022. Firefighters were present at the building as large flames and a huge column of smoke were seen at around 0530 GMT. (Photo by Obed Zilwa / AFP)


A couple kiss during their New Year’s day dip along the beach at Scheveningen on January 1, 2022. – The traditional New Year’s swim has been cancelled for the second time year running due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Sem van der Wal / ANP / AFP)


Marco Fois of Italy dives into the Tiber river as part of the traditional New Year celebrations on January 1, 2022 in Rome. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)


A group of revelers wearing New YearÕs hats and glasses run into the water as hundreds of people took to the 44 degree ocean water, plunging and swimming, during the first swim of the year at M Street Beach in Boston, Massachusetts on January 1, 2022. – Plungers joined in with the L Street Brownies, a group that has been swimming year round almost everyday no matter the weather for over a hundred years, for the annual first swim of the year. Many ran in and out quickly whiles others did their daily swimming routine. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP)


A Hindu priest performs Ganga Aarti evening prayers at the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati on the occasion of the New Year Day in Allahabad on January 1, 2022. (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP)


Participants wear fancy dress outfits as they prepare to run into the North Sea during the New Year’s Dip charity fundraising event in South Bay, Scarborough in north east England on January 1, 2022, which returned to the seaside town after being cancelled due to Covid-19 in 2021. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)


This picture taken on January 1, 2022 and released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows fireworks launched at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang at midnight to celebrate the New Year. (Photo by KCNA VIA KNS / AFP)


Pope Francis kisses an effigy of the Christ Child as he leads a Holy Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on January 1, 2022. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)


People watch fireworks at the port of Valparaiso on the coast of Chile during New Year celebrations on January 1, 2022. (Photo by JAVIER TORRES / AFP)


Palestinian protesters take cover during clashes with Israeli security forces following a demonstration against the expropriation of land by Israel, in the village of Kfar Qaddum near the Jewish settlement of Kedumim in the occupied West Bank on December 31, 2021. (Photo by JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFP)


Sikh devotees take a dip in the holy Sarovar (water tank) during the last sunset of 2021 on the eve of New Year 2022, at the Sikh shrine Golden Temple in Amritsar on December 31, 2021. (Photo by NARINDER NANU / AFP)


A kitemaker flies a kite ahead of the New Year celebrations on the outskirts of Amritsar on December 31, 2021. (Photo by Narinder NANU / AFP)


A youth waits for transportation on a bridge during the last sunset of the year in Lahore on December 31, 2021. (Photo by Arif ALI / AFP)


New Year’s Eve fireworks light up the sky over Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House (L) during the fireworks show on January 1, 2022. (Photo by DAVID GRAY / AFP)


This handout photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau shows Evalena Worthington rehearsing being lowered from the mast of a sailboat late December 30, 2021, at the Schooner Wharf Bar in Key West, Florida. – The Pirate Wench Drop is one of a half-dozen Key West celebrations set for New Year’s Eve to celebrate the dawn of 2022. Other drops include a drag queen in a large red high heel; a giant reproduction of a conch shell; a faux Key lime wedge tipping into an overside margarita glass and a “flight attendant” riding a scaled-down replica of a historic Pan American airplane. (Photo by Rob O’Neal / Florida Keys News Bureau / AFP)


Women walk in front of a 2022 sign displayed in downtown Pristina on December 30, 2021, ahead of the New Year celebrations in Kosovo. (Photo by Armend NIMANI / AFP)


A handout picture released by Iran’s Defence Ministry on December 30, 2021 shows a Simorgh (Phoenix) satellite rocket lifting off during its launch at an undisclosed location in Iran. – The Islamic republic announced today it had carried out a new space launch, in a move likely to irk Western powers amid tough talks on reviving a 2015 nuclear deal. (Photo by IRANIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY / AFP)


Rohingya refugees are disinfected by health workers upon their arrival to Krueng Geukueh port in Lhokseumawe, on the north coast of Aceh province, after they were recued on a wooden boat by Indonesia’s navy in the waters off Bireuen, on December 31, 2021. – Indonesia’s navy rescued more than 100 Rohingya migrants traveling in a wooden boat, bringing them to safety early December 31, 2021 morning following pressure from locals. Local Acehnese fishermen first discovered the vessel on December 25 as it drifted between 50 and 70 nautical miles off the coast with a broken engine. (Photo by CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP)


Thabo Makgoba (R), Anglican Archbishop, leads the pallbearers carrying the coffin with the remains of South African anti-Apartheid icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu into the Cathedral to lie in state at St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town on December 30, 2021. – Archbishop Desmond Tutu will lie in state for two days from Thursday at a historic cathedral where he once rallied against white rule, to allow the public to bid farewell before the weekend funeral. The tireless anti-apartheid fighter died peacefully at 90 on December 26, 2021. (Photo by GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP)


Shamans performing a ritual of predictions for the coming year display a poster of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, at San Cristobal hill in Lima on December 29, 2021. (Photo by Ernesto BENAVIDES / AFP)


Russian President Vladimir Putin (2nd L) takes part in a hockey match between Russia and Soviet hockey veterans at the Konstantin Palace presidential residence in Strelna, outside Saint Petersburg, on December 29, 2021. (Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev / SPUTNIK / AFP)


Emiratis walk their camels during the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Camel Festival for Purebred Arabian Camels (al-Dhaid 2021-2022) in the Gulf emirate of Sharjah, on December 29, 2021. (Photo by Karim SAHIB / AFP)


US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden walk their dog Commander on the beach in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, December 28, 2021. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)


Israeli forces stand guard as Palestinian women react to the demolition of their home, located within the “Area C” of the occupied West Bank, where Israel retains full control over planning and construction, in the occupied West Bank town of Hebron on December 28, 2021. (Photo by HAZEM BADER / AFP)

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