around the world, festivities (almost) free of Covid-19

From Australia to Alaska, the eight billion Earthlings leave behind them, Saturday December 31, 2022, one after the other, an eventful year, between the war in Ukraine, inflation and the world coronation of Lionel Messi, before fully entering 2023.

In Australia, Sydney was one of the first major cities to ring the bell in 2023, reclaiming its title of “New Year’s Eve capital of the world” after two years of closures and festivities stifled by the Omicron variant. Australia’s borders have since reopened and more than a million people witnessed the launch of more than 100,000 pyrotechnic devices in Sydney Harbor.

In Paris, a million people gathered on the Champs-Elysées in the mildness of an abnormally warm winter night, at 15°C. At the end of December 2021, faced with the progression of the Omicron variant, the town hall of Paris had to cancel the fireworks and the planned concerts.

In Sydney, the family fireworks launch the celebration of the new year, three hours before midnight, Saturday, December 31, 2022. By midday, hundreds of people occupied the best places to watch the show.
A woman makes an offering of flowers to the sea goddess Yemanja, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022, at Urca Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in exchange for a blessing for the New Year.  One certainty, already: in Brazil, January 1, 2023 sees the return to power of former head of state Lula and the departure of far-right president Jair Bolsonaro.
A woman poses for a photo a few hours before curfew in kyiv, in front of Saint Sophia's Cathedral, Saturday, December 31, 2022.
Despite the explosion of the Covid-19 epidemic in China, the crowd throngs in the shopping district of Nanning, in the south of the country, Saturday, December 31, 2022. President Xi Jinping wanted to launch an optimistic note a few hours New Year's Day:
Hong Kong residents watch the fireworks display in the city's harbor on Monday, January 1, 2023.
New Year's Eve fireworks in Nairobi on January 1, 2023.
Deprived of brilliance for two years due to the pandemic, the Champs-Elysées found Saturday evening December 31, 2022 the crowd of the great evenings.  Parisians and tourists gradually filled the two kilometers with illuminated trees.
The new year was celebrated with a sound and light show and fireworks around the Arc de Triomphe on Sunday January 1, 2023.

Le Monde with AP, AFP and Reuters

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