Sheets of fiery color sizzle in the sky over the Sydney Opera House. Showers of confetti offer a softer alternative to revelry in the Philippines, noted for its raucous, even violent, celebrations. Thais lie in coffins in a ritual symbolizing death and rebirth. A new mother, still wearing her hospital cap, cradles her infant.

These are the faces of the new year , captured across the globe as we bid farewell to what many considered an unsettling 2018, a year filled with challenges to many of the world’s most basic institutions, including politics, trade, alliances and religion.

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Fireworks explode over the Victoria Harbor during New Year's Eve to celebrate the start of year 2019 in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Jan. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Fireworks explode over the Victoria Harbor during New Year’s Eve to celebrate the start of year 2019 in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Jan. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Spectators watch as fireworks explode in front of Malaysia's landmark building, the Petronas Twin Towers, during the New Year's celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, Jan. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)
Spectators watch as fireworks explode in front of Malaysia’s landmark building, the Petronas Twin Towers, during the New Year’s celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, Jan. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)
A reveler prepares to countdown to the new year in Beijing, China, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A reveler prepares to countdown to the new year in Beijing, China, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Confetti rains down on revelers at the Eastwood Shopping Mall as Filipinos welcome the New Year Tuesday, Jan. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Confetti rains down on revelers at the Eastwood Shopping Mall as Filipinos welcome the New Year Tuesday, Jan. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Worshippers pray as they take turns lying in coffins during a ceremony at the Takien temple in suburban Bangkok, Thailand Monday, Dec. (AP Photo/Sakchai lalit)
Worshippers pray as they take turns lying in coffins during a ceremony at the Takien temple in suburban Bangkok, Thailand Monday, Dec. (AP Photo/Sakchai lalit)
People participate in the annual New Year's swim in harbor of Copenhagen on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. (Bax Lindhardt/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)
People participate in the annual New Year’s swim in harbor of Copenhagen on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. (Bax Lindhardt/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)
Leni Bonto cuddles her baby Zairah inside the recovery room after being born on New Year's day Tuesday, Jan. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Leni Bonto cuddles her baby Zairah inside the recovery room after being born on New Year’s day Tuesday, Jan. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Pakistani Christians attend a midnight service at Sacred Heart Cathedral, ending of the year 2018 in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, Dec. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
Pakistani Christians attend a midnight service at Sacred Heart Cathedral, ending of the year 2018 in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, Dec. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
A couple takes a selfie photo during the last sunset of the year in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)
A couple takes a selfie photo during the last sunset of the year in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

Source: The Associated Press