An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.

Bill Vaughn
PM Saad #Hariri greetings people during #NewYear ’s celebrations in Downtown #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Hussam Chbaro)
PM Saad Hariri greetings people during New Year’s celebrations in Downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Hussam Chbaro)
A soldier watches over a parade, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Nahlah Ayed/CBC)
A soldier watches over a parade, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Nahlah Ayed/CBC)
A bird's eye view of the Nejmeh square in downtown #Beirut during #NewYear ’s celebration, in the capital, #Lebanon. (City of Beirut / Facebook)
A bird’s eye view of the Nejmeh square in downtown Beirut during New Year’s celebration, in the capital, Lebanon. (City of Beirut / Facebook)
#Fireworks explode over Martyrs Square during #NewYear's Day, in downtown #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Hassan Ammar / AP)
Fireworks explode over Martyrs Square during New Year’s Day, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Hassan Ammar / AP)
A woman protesting with dozens of people, against the difficult living conditions and corruption, in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Hassan Assal / L’Orient Le jour)
A lady carrying a banner “They gave us a corrupted country and told us that we were a failing people”, while she protest with dozens of people, against the difficult living conditions and corruption, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hassan Assal / L’Orient Le jour)
People cheer during #NewYear's Eve celebration in #Beirut, #Lebanon. (Bilal Jawich / Xinhua)
People cheer during New Year’s Eve celebration in Beirut, Lebanon. (Bilal Jawich / Xinhua)
A boy watches his pigeons fly at an informal refugee camp in #Zahle city in the eastern #Bekaa valley, #Lebanon. (Hassan Ammar / AP)
A boy watches his pigeons fly at an informal refugee camp in Zahle city in the eastern Bekaa valley, Lebanon. (Hassan Ammar / AP)
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