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A worker walks on a floating walkway on Marina Bay amongst "wishing spheres" in Singapore

A worker walks on a floating walkway on Marina Bay amongst "wishing spheres" in Singapore December 30, 2009. People penned their New Years wishes on the spheres which were then placed on the bay. REUTERS/Tim Chong (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY)

Thousands of wishes fill up Singapore River

December 17, 2012

Every year, the people of Singapore celebrate the coming of the New Year by launching wishing spheres in the Singapore River. The tradition of the wishing spheres was launched years ago as a way to bring people together and now it’s become an international event. People travel from all over the world to write their wishes for the new year on a giant white sphere and throw it in the Singapore River.

This year, a record 10,000 wishing spheres were launched.