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Burning effigies, Ecuador

At the stroke of midnight in Ecuador, people bring effigies of politicians, pop stars and other famous figures of the year – and torch them in the street. The “año viejo” (“old year”) tradition – said to date back to a Yellow Fever epidemic in 1895 – is said to remove anything bad from the previous 12 months, before the new year begins. [Photo: Flickr/Tushar Dayal]

How New Year's Eve is celebrated around the world

Ellie Ross

We all have our own New Year’s Eve traditions. For some it may be watching the local fireworks display and toasting the year ahead, while for others it’s simply staying up until 12.01am to see in the new year.

But, around the world there are a whole host of weird and wonderful traditions that help different countries ring in the new year.

From plate smashing to bread banging, this is how the rest of the world celebrates New Year’s Eve.

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