January 26, 2022

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Pictures of New Year celebrations in Belgium and around the world

The world celebrated the change for 2022 this Saturday. Pictures of these fireworks and meetings in Brussels and elsewhere in the world.

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Brussels, January 1, 2022.
Brussels, January 1, 2022.

Brussels-Ixels region spokesman Ills van de Kere said police had intervened 395 times in Brussels from Friday to Saturday during the New Year. Dozens of people were made administrative arrests.

From Seoul to Mexico City and San Francisco, many festivals have been re-canceled or severely restricted.

Seoul, January 1.
Seoul, January 1.

In Paris, where traditional New Year’s Eve fireworks have been canceled, thousands of tourists and visitors – much less than before the epidemic – strolled through a row of gleaming trees on Avenue des Champs-Elysees, where police restrained masked and forced to wear them again.

“Everything is closed in the Netherlands, so it’s better here.

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Paris, January 1, 2022.
Paris, January 1, 2022.

In the heart of Madrid, a traditional gathering in Puerto del Sol gathered about 7,000 people to swallow grapes to the sound of twelve feet at midnight.

Madrid, January 1, 2022.
Madrid, January 1, 2022.

“Quiet, I like it”

In Sydney, generally hailed as the ‘New Year’s Capital of the World’, the crowds at the harbor to watch the traditional fireworks were unusually low.

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Sydney, January 1, 2022.
Sydney, January 1, 2022.

In Dubai (United Arab Emirates), 36 fireworks in 29 locations set the city on fire. Enthusiasts gathered in the evening to see the view of Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world.

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Dubai, January 1, 2022.
Dubai, January 1, 2022.

In Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is reduced to its celebrations, attracting three million tourists annually to the famous Copacabana beach. This year, concerts were canceled, access to the surroundings was banned, and the tropical summer rains called for themselves.

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On Friday, three hours before entering 2022 and the 16-minute fireworks display in the Gulf, only a small number of cheerleaders – mostly dressed in traditional order – responded.

“I expected more people to see it, and it would be stressful,” says 28-year-old Colombian tourist Alejandra Luna, “but it’s quiet, I like it.”

Rio de Janeiro, January 1, 2022.
Rio de Janeiro, January 1, 2022.

“Our dream”

In New York, in the iconic Times Square in central Manhattan, cheerleaders gathered Friday night just before midnight to watch the release of the ball and confetti marking the entrance to the countdown and the New Year.

Mayor Bill de Blasio promised the party would take place, but there were only 15,000 people in Times Square instead of 60,000, all wearing masks and getting vaccinated.

US President Joe Biden called for unity in a video message on Friday: “As we move into the new year, I’m more optimistic about the future of the United States than ever before (…) with every crisis we face, and we have changed it. Opportunity to be a stronger and better nation.