Discuss as:

English town goes whole Hogmanay to welcome in New Year

Nigel Roddis / Reuters

Participants carrying burning barrels of tar on their heads parade through Allendale, northern England on Monday, December 31, 2012. Dating back to 1858, 45 barrel carriers called Guisers parade through the town balancing whiskey barrels weighing 35 pounds filled with burning tar on their heads. The barrels are used to light a bonfire at midnight in the town center while spectators and participants shout "Be damned to he who throws last".

Damian Shaw / EPA

From Sydney to Siberia, revelers celebrate the arrival of a new year.

Follow @NBCNewsPictures

Sign up for the NBCNews.com Photos Newsletter