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(Clockwise from top left) People set balloons free to celebrate the New Year, Americans celebrate New Year's with traditional foods & several thousand people gather just after midnight in Madrid (© Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images; Jupiterimages/Getty Images; epa european pressphoto agency b.v./Alamy)
New Year's celebrations around the world
New Year's celebrations around the world

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When you think of New Year's Eve, you might think of revelers wearing number-shaped glasses while sipping champagne, singing "Auld Lang Syne" and puckering up to their mates.  But around the world, people have other (some surprising!) ways of ringing in the New Year. 
 
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