Sydney, Australia (AP) New Year’s Eve, 2008. Along with the happiness and celebration of years past, this day brings an additional feeling: relief.
While partygoers prepare to ring in 2009, many are using the occasion to forget the financial troubles that rocked the world during the second half of the year.
In Hong Kong, some say they’re too depressed to join in the revelry.
In Malaysia, the government has decided not to sponsor any celebration. One official says the best way to usher in 2009 -- is to pray.
In Australia, Randolph King of England is on hand to see the New Year’s celebration at Sydney Harbor. His comments could echo what many are thinking as the final hours of 2008 fade away.
He says: “I’m looking forward to 2009, because it can’t get much worse.”