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Taking the New Year plunge

Worshipers carry a "mikoshi" or portable shrine in the sea during a festival to wish for calm waters in the ocean and good fortune in the new year in Oiso, Kanagawa prefecture, west of Tokyo, Japan, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Worshipers carry a "mikoshi" or portable shrine in the sea during a festival to wish for calm waters in the ocean and good fortune in the new year in Oiso, Kanagawa prefecture, west of Tokyo, Japan, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Worshipers carry a "mikoshi" or portable shrine in the sea during a festival to wish for calm waters in the ocean and good fortune in the new year in Oiso, Kanagawa prefecture, west of Tokyo, Japan, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Swimmers run into icy waters during a New Year's swimming event at the North Sea coast of Buesum, Germany, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

Swimmers run into icy waters during a New Year's swimming event at the North Sea coast of Buesum, Germany, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

Swimmers run into icy waters during a New Year's swimming event at the North Sea coast of Buesum, Germany, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer
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Winter swimmers take a dip in the Baltic Sea during the traditional New Year swimming in Kuehlungsborn, Germany, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

Winter swimmers take a dip in the Baltic Sea during the traditional New Year swimming in Kuehlungsborn, Germany, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

Winter swimmers take a dip in the Baltic Sea during the traditional New Year swimming in Kuehlungsborn, Germany, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse
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People wearing costumes participate in a traditional New Year's Day swim in Dunkirk, France January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

People wearing costumes participate in a traditional New Year's Day swim in Dunkirk, France January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

People wearing costumes participate in a traditional New Year's Day swim in Dunkirk, France January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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Swimmers wearing fancy dress costumes take part in the annual New Year's Day Swim, in Saundersfoot, Wales, Britain January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

Swimmers wearing fancy dress costumes take part in the annual New Year's Day Swim, in Saundersfoot, Wales, Britain January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

Swimmers wearing fancy dress costumes take part in the annual New Year's Day Swim, in Saundersfoot, Wales, Britain January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden
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Revellers participate in the annual Loony Dook at South Queensferry, Scotland, Britain January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Revellers participate in the annual Loony Dook at South Queensferry, Scotland, Britain January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Revellers participate in the annual Loony Dook at South Queensferry, Scotland, Britain January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
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Swimmers wearing fancy dress costumes take part in the annual New Year's Day Swim, in Saundersfoot, Wales, Britain January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

Swimmers wearing fancy dress costumes take part in the annual New Year's Day Swim, in Saundersfoot, Wales, Britain January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

Swimmers wearing fancy dress costumes take part in the annual New Year's Day Swim, in Saundersfoot, Wales, Britain January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden
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Swimmers run into icy waters during a New Year's swimming event at the North Sea coast of Buesum, Germany, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

Swimmers run into icy waters during a New Year's swimming event at the North Sea coast of Buesum, Germany, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

Swimmers run into icy waters during a New Year's swimming event at the North Sea coast of Buesum, Germany, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer
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Marco Fois of Italy dives into the Tiber River from the Cavour bridge, as a part of traditional New Year celebrations in Rome, Italy, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Marco Fois of Italy dives into the Tiber River from the Cavour bridge, as a part of traditional New Year celebrations in Rome, Italy, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Marco Fois of Italy dives into the Tiber River from the Cavour bridge, as a part of traditional New Year celebrations in Rome, Italy, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane
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Revellers participate in the annual Loony Dook at South Queensferry, Scotland, Britain January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Revellers participate in the annual Loony Dook at South Queensferry, Scotland, Britain January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Revellers participate in the annual Loony Dook at South Queensferry, Scotland, Britain January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
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People run into the Atlantic ocean during the annual Polar Bear plunge at Coney Island in New York, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

People run into the Atlantic ocean during the annual Polar Bear plunge at Coney Island in New York, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

People run into the Atlantic ocean during the annual Polar Bear plunge at Coney Island in New York, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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Revellers participate in the annual Loony Dook at South Queensferry, Scotland, Britain January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Revellers participate in the annual Loony Dook at South Queensferry, Scotland, Britain January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Revellers participate in the annual Loony Dook at South Queensferry, Scotland, Britain January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
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People run into the Atlantic ocean during the annual Polar Bear plunge at Coney Island in New York, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

People run into the Atlantic ocean during the annual Polar Bear plunge at Coney Island in New York, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

People run into the Atlantic ocean during the annual Polar Bear plunge at Coney Island in New York, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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People wearing costumes participate in a traditional New Year's Day swim in Dunkirk, France January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

People wearing costumes participate in a traditional New Year's Day swim in Dunkirk, France January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

People wearing costumes participate in a traditional New Year's Day swim in Dunkirk, France January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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Worshipers carry a "mikoshi" or portable shrine in the sea during a festival to wish for calm waters in the ocean and good fortune in the new year in Oiso, Kanagawa prefecture, west of Tokyo, Japan, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Worshipers carry a "mikoshi" or portable shrine in the sea during a festival to wish for calm waters in the ocean and good fortune in the new year in Oiso, Kanagawa prefecture, west of Tokyo, Japan, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Worshipers carry a "mikoshi" or portable shrine in the sea during a festival to wish for calm waters in the ocean and good fortune in the new year in Oiso, Kanagawa prefecture, west of Tokyo, Japan, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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A man takes part in the annual New Year's dive into the North Sea in Scheveningen, Netherlands January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

A man takes part in the annual New Year's dive into the North Sea in Scheveningen, Netherlands January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

A man takes part in the annual New Year's dive into the North Sea in Scheveningen, Netherlands January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw
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Worshipers carrying a "mikoshi" or portable shrine are seen next to a bonfire during a festival to wish for calm waters in the ocean and good fortune in the new year in Oiso, Kanagawa prefecture, west of Tokyo, Japan, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Worshipers carrying a "mikoshi" or portable shrine are seen next to a bonfire during a festival to wish for calm waters in the ocean and good fortune in the new year in Oiso, Kanagawa prefecture, west of Tokyo, Japan, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Kim...more

Worshipers carrying a "mikoshi" or portable shrine are seen next to a bonfire during a festival to wish for calm waters in the ocean and good fortune in the new year in Oiso, Kanagawa prefecture, west of Tokyo, Japan, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Thousands of Dutch people wait to take part in the annual New Year's dive into the North Sea in Scheveningen, Netherlands January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

Thousands of Dutch people wait to take part in the annual New Year's dive into the North Sea in Scheveningen, Netherlands January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

Thousands of Dutch people wait to take part in the annual New Year's dive into the North Sea in Scheveningen, Netherlands January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw
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A reveller participates in the annual Loony Dook at South Queensferry, Scotland, Britain January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

A reveller participates in the annual Loony Dook at South Queensferry, Scotland, Britain January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

A reveller participates in the annual Loony Dook at South Queensferry, Scotland, Britain January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
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A man jumps into the water to celebrate the New Year in Catania, Italy, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello

A man jumps into the water to celebrate the New Year in Catania, Italy, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello

A man jumps into the water to celebrate the New Year in Catania, Italy, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello
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Swimmers run into icy waters during a New Year's swimming event at the North Sea coast of Buesum, Germany, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

Swimmers run into icy waters during a New Year's swimming event at the North Sea coast of Buesum, Germany, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

Swimmers run into icy waters during a New Year's swimming event at the North Sea coast of Buesum, Germany, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer
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Winter swimmers take a dip in the Baltic Sea during the traditional New Year swimming in Kuehlungsborn, Germany, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

Winter swimmers take a dip in the Baltic Sea during the traditional New Year swimming in Kuehlungsborn, Germany, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

Winter swimmers take a dip in the Baltic Sea during the traditional New Year swimming in Kuehlungsborn, Germany, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse
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A man welcomes the new year swimming in Catania, Italy, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello

A man welcomes the new year swimming in Catania, Italy, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello

A man welcomes the new year swimming in Catania, Italy, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello
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Revellers participate in the annual Loony Dook at South Queensferry, Scotland, Britain January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Revellers participate in the annual Loony Dook at South Queensferry, Scotland, Britain January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Revellers participate in the annual Loony Dook at South Queensferry, Scotland, Britain January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
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A man wearing a polar bear hat puts on his shirt after participating in the annual Polar Bear plunge at Coney Island in New York, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

A man wearing a polar bear hat puts on his shirt after participating in the annual Polar Bear plunge at Coney Island in New York, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

A man wearing a polar bear hat puts on his shirt after participating in the annual Polar Bear plunge at Coney Island in New York, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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A woman smiles before taking a dip in the Baltic Sea during the traditional New Year swimming in Kuehlungsborn, Germany, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

A woman smiles before taking a dip in the Baltic Sea during the traditional New Year swimming in Kuehlungsborn, Germany, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

A woman smiles before taking a dip in the Baltic Sea during the traditional New Year swimming in Kuehlungsborn, Germany, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse
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Swimmers wearing fancy dress costumes take part in the annual New Year's Day Swim, in Saundersfoot, Wales, Britain January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

Swimmers wearing fancy dress costumes take part in the annual New Year's Day Swim, in Saundersfoot, Wales, Britain January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

Swimmers wearing fancy dress costumes take part in the annual New Year's Day Swim, in Saundersfoot, Wales, Britain January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden
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Two men look at the sea while taking part in the annual New Year's dive into the North Sea in Scheveningen, Netherlands January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

Two men look at the sea while taking part in the annual New Year's dive into the North Sea in Scheveningen, Netherlands January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

Two men look at the sea while taking part in the annual New Year's dive into the North Sea in Scheveningen, Netherlands January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw
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Swimmers wearing fancy dress costumes take part in the annual New Year's Day Swim, in Saundersfoot, Wales, Britain January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

Swimmers wearing fancy dress costumes take part in the annual New Year's Day Swim, in Saundersfoot, Wales, Britain January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

Swimmers wearing fancy dress costumes take part in the annual New Year's Day Swim, in Saundersfoot, Wales, Britain January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden
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Dutch people take part in the annual New Year's dive into the North Sea in Scheveningen, Netherlands January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

Dutch people take part in the annual New Year's dive into the North Sea in Scheveningen, Netherlands January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

Dutch people take part in the annual New Year's dive into the North Sea in Scheveningen, Netherlands January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw
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People wearing costumes participate in a traditional New Year's Day swim in Dunkirk, France January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

People wearing costumes participate in a traditional New Year's Day swim in Dunkirk, France January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

People wearing costumes participate in a traditional New Year's Day swim in Dunkirk, France January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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People wearing costumes participate in a traditional New Year's Day swim in Dunkirk, France January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

People wearing costumes participate in a traditional New Year's Day swim in Dunkirk, France January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

People wearing costumes participate in a traditional New Year's Day swim in Dunkirk, France January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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People wearing costumes participate in a traditional New Year's Day swim in Dunkirk, France January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

People wearing costumes participate in a traditional New Year's Day swim in Dunkirk, France January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

People wearing costumes participate in a traditional New Year's Day swim in Dunkirk, France January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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Worshipers carry a "mikoshi" or portable shrine out of the sea during a festival to wish for calm waters in the ocean and good fortune in the new year in Oiso, Kanagawa prefecture, west of Tokyo, Japan, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Worshipers carry a "mikoshi" or portable shrine out of the sea during a festival to wish for calm waters in the ocean and good fortune in the new year in Oiso, Kanagawa prefecture, west of Tokyo, Japan, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Worshipers carry a "mikoshi" or portable shrine out of the sea during a festival to wish for calm waters in the ocean and good fortune in the new year in Oiso, Kanagawa prefecture, west of Tokyo, Japan, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Italians welcome the new year sunbathing and swimming in Catania, Italy, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello

Italians welcome the new year sunbathing and swimming in Catania, Italy, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello

Italians welcome the new year sunbathing and swimming in Catania, Italy, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello
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