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Workers arrange "wishing spheres" as part of an art installation on the Singapore River

Workers arrange "wishing spheres" as part of an art installation on the Singapore River December 18, 2009. People pen their New Year wishes on these spheres throughout December to be placed on the river as part of the coming New Year Day celebrations. REUTERS/Edgar Su (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.