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The world welcomes 2022 under the pandemic cloud

The world has announced the arrival of a second New Year, under the limits of Covid-19, and many want a better year.

When the world enters 2022, the pandemic will be in its third year. (Reuters)

The world began to see a slight hope for a better era in 2022, after a year of turbulent pandemics.

Over the last 12 months, we’ve had a dream of a new US President and a new Adele album, the first unattended Olympics, and democracy from Afghanistan to Myanmar.

However, it was the pandemic, now in its third year, that regained control of most of humanity’s lives.

In many places, Friday’s New Year’s Eve celebration was muted or canceled for the second consecutive year, this time due to a surge in Covid-19 infections caused by a highly contagious variant of Omicron.

Australia was one of the first countries to enter 2022, with spectacular fireworks launching over Sydney's Harbor Bridge and Opera House at midnight.

Australia was one of the first countries to enter 2022, with spectacular fireworks launching over Sydney’s Harbor Bridge and Opera House at midnight. (AFP)

Australia has held a celebration despite the explosive increase in virus incidents. Fewer than usual, the crowd was watching the thousands of fireworks over Sydney and Melbourne.

Neighboring New Zealand has previously opted for a more conservative approach, replacing the fireworks show in Auckland with light displays projected onto landmarks such as Sky Tower and the Harbor Bridge.

6,500 candlelights were lit at Hasedera Temple in Kamakura, Japan, for a ceremony to overcome the 2022 pandemic and good luck.

6,500 candlelights were lit at Hasedera Temple in Kamakura, Japan, for a ceremony to overcome the 2022 pandemic and good luck. (Reuters)

In Japan, people rushed to the temples and shrines celebrating the New Year, and most of them wore masks.

Some shrugged the virus, ate and drank in downtown Tokyo, flocked to shops, and celebrated the exhilaration of being freed from recent virus regulations, not just on holidays.

In eastern Shandong Province, China, people celebrated the New Year by decorating lanterns with Yantai.

In eastern Shandong Province, China, people celebrated the New Year by decorating lanterns with Yantai. (AFP)

Since mid-December, Beijing has had no plans for public festivals, with popular temples closed and access restricted.

Popular temples in Nanjing, Hangzhou and other major cities in eastern China have canceled the traditional New Year’s Eve “ringing the lucky bell” ritual.

Fireworks exploded on the Chao Phraya River during the New Year celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand.

Fireworks exploded on the Chao Phraya River during the New Year celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand. (Reuters)

In Thailand, authorities have allowed the New Year’s Eve party and fireworks display to continue, despite strict security measures.

Instead, the usual New Year’s Eve prayers at Buddhist temples around Thailand took place online.

During the lighting show celebrating the New Year in Seoul, beamlights were projected from the skyscrapers of the 123-story Lotte World Tower.

During the lighting show celebrating the New Year in Seoul, beamlights were projected from the skyscrapers of the 123-story Lotte World Tower. (AFP)

In Seoul, the capital of South Korea, the annual New Year’s Eve bell ringing ceremony was canceled for the second consecutive year due to the surge in incidents.

Instead, pre-recorded videos of this year’s bell-ringing ceremony were broadcast online and on television.

In Indonesia, Jakarta was lit up with fireworks, even though fireworks festivals, parades and other large gatherings were banned.

In Indonesia, Jakarta was lit up with fireworks, even though fireworks festivals, parades and other large gatherings were banned. (AFP)

Source: TRT World and distributors

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