At five minutes to midnight, the crowd sang Ukraine’s national anthem, hoping to set a new world record for group singing. People lit torches, creating a beautiful light show on the square. Dozens of paper lanterns were launched into the night sky. A spectacular fireworks-and-laser show signaled the start of the New Year, amid a joyous and peaceful atmosphere with no police in sight.
Ukrainians sing the national anthem to close out 2013 and usher in 2014.