People gather in Times Square during the New Year's Eve celebrations in New York.
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New Year's celebrations around the world

Updated 2:21 AM ET, Sat January 1, 2022

People gather in Times Square during the New Year's Eve celebrations in New York.
Jeenah Moon/AP

With the rapid spread of the new Omicron coronavirus variant, many cities across the world scaled back their New Year's celebrations.

In New York City, for example, the traditional event in Times Square allowed fewer revelers and everyone was required to wear a mask.

Some major cities canceled their events altogether, while others moved forward with their plans.