For many, 2017 was too much to bear. Sectarianism, which reached a fever pitch this year during the last leg of the Jakarta gubernatorial election, led many to believe that it would be a harbinger of things to come in 2018. In other parts of the world, things were not much different.
In the United States, President Donald Trump practically sucked the oxygen out of the room by dominating the news cycle with his defense of white supremacists and his threats to unleash fire and fury against North Korea.
Even Germany, a beacon of stability in Europe, underwent a political crisis with Chancellor Angela Merkel finding it hard to build a coalition government.
For too many people, the New Year’s celebration was more about bidding farewell to a terrible year than welcoming a new one. And for that purpose, revelers decided to party hard on New Year’s Eve.
Our photographers captured some of those moments in these photographs.