THE BIG PICTURE 
2012: Marking the New Year 
- Around the world people celebrated with fireworks, kisses, blessings, gatherings, cheers, watching the sunrise and plunges into icy bodies of water to welcome in a new year. Here’s a look back at how some of them marked the transition. — (41 photos total)

THE BIG PICTURE

2012: Marking the New Year

- Around the world people celebrated with fireworks, kisses, blessings, gatherings, cheers, watching the sunrise and plunges into icy bodies of water to welcome in a new year. Here’s a look back at how some of them marked the transition. — (41 photos total)

A look back at 2011’s notable departures
- A round-up of the many notables who died in 2011, from national and world affairs to sports, business, science, the arts, and the local scene.

A look back at 2011’s notable departures

- A round-up of the many notables who died in 2011, from national and world affairs to sports, business, science, the arts, and the local scene.

New Year’s Eve picks: film
- Festivals, anime, Marx Brothers all part of the holiday festivities.

New Year’s Eve picks: film

- Festivals, anime, Marx Brothers all part of the holiday festivities.

Tibetan New Year nears, bearing a sweet dish
— Losar, the Tibetan New Year, begins with a spoonful of dessert. Dresyl, also known as deysee, is a warm dish of sweetened rice that women make for their families on the morning of this festive day.

Tibetan New Year nears, bearing a sweet dish

— Losar, the Tibetan New Year, begins with a spoonful of dessert. Dresyl, also known as deysee, is a warm dish of sweetened rice that women make for their families on the morning of this festive day.