A zoo keeper holds a Bull frog during the annual stocktake at ZSL London Zoo in central London on January 3, 2013. ZSL London Zoo embarked on January 3 on their annual complete head-count of every animal at the zoo, which houses over 17,000 animals. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL
Girls holding saltire flags join around a thousand New Year swimmers, many in costume, who braved freezing conditions in the River Forth in front of the Forth Rail Bridge during the annual Loony Dook Swim on January 1, 2013 in South Queensferry, Scotland. Thousands of people gathered last night to see in the New Year at Hogmanay celebrations in towns and cities across Scotland..
'Galejadors' dance beneath the selected pine tree inside a church during 'La Festa del Pi' (The Festival of the Pine) in the village of Centelles on December 30, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. Early in the morning men and women born in Centelles, who are named 'Galejadors' wear their traditional costume with the Catalan red hat known as 'Barretina' and carry their shooting muskets as they walk into the forest to chop down a pine tree, load it on an ox cart and take it to the church in the village. There the pine tree is decorated with five bouquets of apples and wafers and hung inside a church until January 6. The tradition has been documented since 1751 and it is believed its origins are related to the trees and the pagan worship of fertilization related the winter solstice.
Revellers take part in the battle of 'Enfarinats', a flour fight in celebration of the Els Enfarinats festival on December 28, 2012 in Ibi, Spain. Citizens of Ibi annually celebrate the festival with a battle using flour, eggs and firecrackers. The battle takes place between two groups, a group of married men called 'Els Enfarinats' which take the control of the village for one day pronouncing a whole of ridiculous laws and fining the citizens that infringe them and a group called 'La Oposicio' which try to restore order. At the end of the day the money collected from the fines is donated to charitable causes in the village. The festival has been celebrated since 1981 after the town of Ibi recovered the tradition but the origins remain unknown.
Costumed musicians march in the New Year Junkanoo Parade on January 1, 2013 in Nassau, Bahamas. The carnival like festival is celebrated in the early hours of the New Year and dates back to slavery days.
The Big Orange, a New Year's time ball, is prepared to be raised onto the side of the Hotel InterContinental on December 27, 2012 in Miami, Florida. The ball has been renamed 'La Gran Naranja' this year in honor of Viva Florida 500, a three-year Spanish heritage campaign that begins January 1. The 35-foot ball rises 400 feet to the top of the building and is lowered at midnight on the 31st to mark the beginning of the new year in Miami.
Holidaymakers relax in a outdoor Japanese bath, on January 3, 2013 at Balnea thermal spa in Loudenvielle, southwestern France. Balnea is the first thermal spa of the French Pyrenees range of mountains. In the background, Hourgade massif is seen. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANI