People look at fireworks during a New Year Celebration in Manila on Jan. 1, 2015. The Philippines is mainly Roman Catholic but the celebrations draw on ancient superstitions and Chinese traditions in which the noise from firecrackers is meant to drive away evil spirits and bring good luck in the coming year. Philippine authorities said more than 260 people had been injured by fireworks, firecrackers or stray bullets in the days leading up to New Year’s Eve.
JAPAN Niigata Nagaoka Festival Fireworks [2008新潟三大花火フォトコンテストグランプリ 長岡花火☆石田さん]
Three thousand American flags decorate a hill in Malibu, Calif., on Sept. 9.
Fireworks explode over St. Basil Cathedral as International military bands perform during the closing ceremony of the Spasskaya Tower International Military Orchestra Music Festival on Sept. 7 at Red Square in Moscow.
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New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the traditional fireworks show held at midnight on January 1, 2015. (Photo: PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
Fujikawa Firework Festival, Japan
Devotees light oil lamps as part of rituals to celebrate the 10th and final day of the Dashain festival at Bhaktapur, also known as the city of devotees, near Katmandu, Nepal. The festival commemorates the slaying of a demon king by Hindu goddess Durga, marking the victory of good over evil.