BCS Bowl Games, parades and plunges ring in the New Year in this week in photos.
Orange Bowl MVP Lonnie Pryor #24 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates after they won 31-10 against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL.
People wearing costumes take part in the Coney Island Polar Bear Club's New Year's Day swim in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The annual event attracts hundreds who brave the icy Atlantic waters and temperatures in the upper 30s as a way to celebrate the first day of the new year.
Pierre Garcon #88 of the Washington Redskins catches a pass against the defense of Morris Claiborne #24 of the Dallas Cowboys for a first down in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field in Landover, MD.
Fireworks light up the sky above the Sydney Harbour Bridge at midnight during New Year's Eve celebrations on Sydney Harbour in Australia.
Tajh Boyd #10 of the Clemson Tigers rushes for a touchdown against the LSU Tigers during the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA.
A general view of London's New Years Day Parade on January 1, 2013 in London, England.
Severin Freund of Germany takes third place during the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Vierschanzentournee (Four Hills Tournament) in Oberstdorf, Germany.
Revelers celebrate at New Year's Eve 2013 With Carson Daly in Times Square in New York City.
Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips performs live on stage at The Falls Music and Arts Festival in Lorne, Australia.
A Stanford fan gets ready for the Rose Bowl game between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Stanford Cardinal in Pasadena, California.
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men take part in a yoga class at a studio in Ramat Beit Shemesh, some 12 miles from Jerusalem. Almost a dozen devout Jewish men meet weekly at the studio, the only one of its kind in a neighborhood where tensions have flared in the past between religious and secular Jews. The studio offers gender separated classes in accordance with the religious beliefs against the mixing of the sexes in public.
An unidentified man dives into the Tiber River from the Cavour bridge, as part of traditional New Year celebrations. Four men dived into the muddy water of the Tiber from the Cavour bridge, continuing an annual tradition which dates back to 1946. The words on the man's back read, "Cheer up! Let's get Italy."
A worker walks past a dragon-shaped lantern for a lantern festival to celebrate the New Year in Happy Island Park, in Hefei, Anhui province. The lantern festival will be held from January 1 to February 25, local media said.
Well-wishers hang New Year fortune blessing papers after offering New Year prayers at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. Millions of well-wishers visited temples and shrines to offer prayers on the first day of the New Year.
Carol singers dressed as the Three Kings, stand in a square during a carol singing project, in Wuerzburg, Germany. More than 2,000 carol singers took part in the project, collecting money for charity programs that help children in need around the world.
Elephants play an exhibition soccer match during the final day of the Elephant Race event at Sauraha in Chitwan, about 106 miles south of Kathmandu. Elephants and mahouts from Chitwan participated in the Elephant Race event which involved elephants playing an exhibition soccer match and taking part in various other sporting activities.
A man is seen wrapped with pythons, some which include the Albino Burmese Python, as part of a show celebrating the coming Year of the Snake in the Chinese calendar, while spectators look on, in Malabon city, north of Manila, Phillipines.
The City of Los Angeles float participates in the 124th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA.