For every 2019 story of tragedy and fear, there were moments like these of joy, celebration, and perseverance.
Gabriel H. Sanchez
Posted on December 24, 2019, at 7:28 a.m. ET
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An elderly couple attends a wedding ceremony re-created for them by local charities on their 70th wedding anniversary on Valentine's Day in Jiaxing, China, on Feb. 14.
People hold up banners as thousands march to mark International Women's Day in Melbourne, Australia, on March 8.
A young patient looks at men in a super hero costumes cleaning his windows at the John Paul II Upper Silesian Child Health Centre in Katowice, Poland, on March 3.
NASA astronaut Anne McClain is removed from the Soyuz MS-11 descent capsule after landing near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, June 25.
Simone Biles smiles for the cameras during the Women's All-Around Final of the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships on Oct. 10, in Stuttgart, Germany.
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, hugs a girl in a wheelchair during a charity photography workshop in Thames, June 25.
Lindsey Vonn celebrates with the US Ski team after the flowers ceremony of the Women's Downhill Race at the 2019 FIS Alpine Skiing World Championships in Are, Sweden, on Feb. 10.
Children watch a puppet show performed through a makeshift puppet theater set up among the rubble of collapsed buildings in the town of Saraqib, Syria, on March 27.
Richard Brown (center), a Canadian veteran of the World War II Battle of Normandy, departs with his son Andy to the applause of visitors following a commemorative ceremony in Normandy on June 5.
David Aguliar poses with his prosthetic arm built with Lego pieces in Sant Cugat del Vallès, near Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 4.
Ulysses Watko, 7, visiting from Portland, Oregon, sits next to a sculpture of Franklin D. Roosevelt while his dad takes a picture in Washington, DC, Aug. 7.
Double amputee dog Cora Rose balances on her hind legs to watch Zach Skow repairing her cart on a street in Washington, DC, May 15. Cora Rose serves in a prisoner therapy program founded by Skow called "Pawsitive Change" in California.
Peter Kaiser poses with his lead dogs, Morrow (left) and Lucy (right), on March 13, in Nome, Alaska, after winning the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
A black cat runs onto the field during the second quarter of the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys game at MetLife Stadium on Nov. 4, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
A Russian emergency worker evacuates a cat from a burning animal shelter in St. Petersburg, June 14. The Emergencies Ministry said its workers saved 300 cats and seven dogs from the fire.
Comedian Michael Che attempts to wrestle Braun Strowman at WWE WrestleMania in East Rutherford, New Jersey, April 7.
In this Jan. 8 photo, inmate Jonathan Ladson cuddles with a chocolate lab puppy at the Merrimack County Jail in Boscawen, New Hampshire. The New Hampshire jail is the first in the state to partner prisoners with the "Hero Pups" program to foster and train puppies with the goal of placing them with military veterans and first responders in need of support dogs.
On July 22, Mauna Kea law enforcement personnel performs hongi, a traditional Maori greeting, with protesters blocking a road to the summit of Mauna Kea, a site considered sacred in Hawaii. Scientists want to build a telescope atop Mauna Kea because it is one of the best sites in the world for viewing the skies.
An indigenous child of the Munduruku tribe dances during a press conference to ask authorities for protection for indigenous land and cultural rights in Brasilia, Brazil, on Nov. 21.
A Miss Chinatown USA contestant holds a piglet while ushering in Chinese New Year on Feb. 5, in San Francisco.
Revelers take part in a street carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Feb. 28. The Loucura Suburbana street carnival is organized by workers and patients of the Nise da Silveira Municipal Psychiatric Hospital. The parade starts inside the hospital and winds its way through the neighborhood.
People pose nude holding cutouts of nipples during a photo shoot by artist Spencer Tunick on June 2 in New York City.
Models pose as they present creations during the "All Sizes Catwalk" event in Paris on Sept. 15.
US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg receives an honorary doctoral degree at the University of Buffalo School of Law, Aug. 26.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi celebrates with the House Democratic women after a group photograph was taken on the second day of the new 116th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on Jan. 4.
Former first lady Michelle Obama holds hands with Kaitlyn Saunders, 8, next to her mother Katrice Saunders, after the 8 year old told Obama how inspired she is by her, as they buy signed copies of Obama's book, Becoming, at Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, DC, on Nov, 16.
Guy Jones, left, and a supporter of President Donald Trump, join hands during a gathering of Native American supporters in front of the Catholic Diocese of Covington in Covington, Ky., Jan. 22, 2019.
Melpomeni Dina reacts during a reunion at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem on Nov. 3. Dina, a 92-year-old Greek woman who rescued a Jewish family during the Holocaust, has been reunited with two of the people she saved and dozens of their family members.
People hold up their hands in the shape of a heart as they participate in an anti-racism demonstration in Milan, Italy, on March 2.
Clowns and entertainers gather to attend an annual service of remembrance in honor of British clown Joseph Grimaldi, at the All Saints Church in London on Feb. 3.
Hoda Kotb interviews Jonathan Van Ness during a taping of the Today show, Sept. 24.
Dane Andrew holds his dog Rascal during the World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair in Petaluma, California, June 21.
Elephants and people play with water as part of celebrations for the water festival of Songkran, which marks the start of the Thai New Year in Ayutthaya, Thailand, April 11.
Lebanese beachgoers watch as small turtles crawl on the sandy beach of al-Mansouri near Lebanon's southern city of Tyre, July 31.
Victor, a 9-year-old white-tailed eagle equipped with a 360-degree camera, flies over glaciers and mountains in Chamonix, France, during a preparation flight of the Alpine Eagle Race, an event aimed at raising awareness of climate change, Oct. 8.
The aurora borealis is seen in the sky in Ivalo, Finland, on Sept. 27.
Gabriel H. Sanchez is the photo essay editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York City.
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