Goodbye, 2018: Revelry, reflection mark the transition to a new year

Goodbye, 2018: Revelry, reflection mark the transition to a new year

Fireworks, concerts, spiritual services and political addresses abounded to mark the transition to 2019 as revelers around the globe bid farewell Monday to a year filled with challenges to many of the world's most basic institutions, including in the realms of politics, trade, alliances and religion.

A look at how the world ushered in 2019:

Swimmer run into the chilly water of Lake Balaton during the 8th annual New Year's swimming in Szigliget, southwest of Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, Jan.1, 2019. (Gyorgy Varga/MTI via AP)

Revelers watch at Drai's nightclub as fireworks explode on the Las Vegas Strip during a New Year's celebration Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

A reveler celebrates as confetti falls during a New Year's celebration in New York's Times Square, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Confetti sticks to a street sign in New York's Times Square, early Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, following a New Year's celebration. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

A "Happy New Year" hat lies on the wet ground along with other items following the celebration in New York's Times Square, early Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)

Confetti drops over the crowd as the clock strikes midnight during the New Year's celebration in Times Square as seen from the Marriott Marquis in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Indians feed seagulls from the boat in the river Yamuna on the first day of the new year in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

People attend New Year celebrations in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

People wearing New Year's headgear watch the fountains at the Bellagio casino on the Las Vegas Strip during New Year's celebrations, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

A woman holds incense and prays for health and fortune on the first day of the New Year at Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

A man watches the fireworks exploding over Copacabana Beach during the New Year's celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)


Text from the AP news story, Hello, 2019.

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