Never too early to welcome the new year

Romanians dressed as bears dancing from house to house in Comanesti, 300km north-east of capital Bucharest, in a traditional parade to banish evil spirits and bring good luck in the new year. At the Patio de Colegio square in Sao Paulo, 50,000 biodeg
At the Patio de Colegio square in Sao Paulo, 50,000 biodegradable balloons sailing off on Friday to welcome the new year. Releasing balloons became a Brazilian New Year tradition in 1992. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
Romanians dressed as bears dancing from house to house in Comanesti, 300km north-east of capital Bucharest, in a traditional parade to banish evil spirits and bring good luck in the new year. At the Patio de Colegio square in Sao Paulo, 50,000 biodeg
Chilean tourist Paula Aedo is one of the many people who braved Australia's summer heat to flock to Sydney Harbour early yesterday to catch the night-time fireworks display. PHOTO: REUTERS
Romanians dressed as bears dancing from house to house in Comanesti, 300km north-east of capital Bucharest, in a traditional parade to banish evil spirits and bring good luck in the new year. At the Patio de Colegio square in Sao Paulo, 50,000 biodeg
Romanians dressed as bears dancing from house to house in Comanesti, 300km north-east of capital Bucharest, in a traditional parade to banish evil spirits and bring good luck in the new year. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
Romanians dressed as bears dancing from house to house in Comanesti, 300km north-east of capital Bucharest, in a traditional parade to banish evil spirits and bring good luck in the new year. At the Patio de Colegio square in Sao Paulo, 50,000 biodeg
Rose-tinted goggles? A trader in novelty spectacles on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday tracking US stocks as they closed a roller coaster 2016 slightly down in light holiday trading. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Many people around the world were already celebrating ahead of the New Year. Here's a look at some of the early revellers.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 01, 2017, with the headline 'Never too early to welcome the new year'. Print Edition | Subscribe