2023’s problems and peeves are bid a symbolic farewell at pre-New Year’s Times Square event

Magician Devonte Rosero, right, burns notes written by people in Times Square in New York, Thursday. The burning was part an event called Good Riddance Day, where people wrote their frustrations or problems on slips of paper that were then burned, symbolizing hope for better year ahead. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted)

NEW YORK — One person wanted to get past anger issues. Others sought to turn the page on medical bills, work stress, insecurities, taxes, regrets, bad habits, bad hair days, COVID-19, worrying about what other people think, and “all negativity of 2023.”