BRITAIN has welcomed in the New Year with a bang as millions of revellers around the world celebrate the start of 2019. Thousands of people in the
BRITAIN has welcomed in the New Year with a bang as millions of revellers around the world celebrate the start of 2019.
Thousands of people in the UK capital celebrated on the banks of the River Thames as an incredible fireworks display erupted from the London Eye.
Colourful pyrotechnics exploded above Moscow’s Red Square making the Russian capital the first major European city to welcome the New Year.
Ten hours earlier in New Zealand, a spectacular light show blazed across the skies of Auckland – making it the first capital to celebrate 2019.
The 1,076ft-high Sky Tower and Auckland’s Harbour Bridge were both lit up at midnight, as tens of thousands of Kiwis flocked to vantage points to enjoy impressive firework displays.
Across the Tasman Sea, Sydney’s skies saw the first of two mammoth fireworks displays at 9pm – three hours before the iconic main event at midnight, which were watched by millions around the world.
Aimed at younger visitors, organisers said the earlier, family-friendly time would enable “our littlest spectators, who may nod off a little earlier, the chance to see a fantastic display.
“The display includes fireworks released from barges and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.”
A spectacular light show erupts over the UK capital[/caption]
Thousands of people stood on the banks of the River Thames to usher in the New Year[/caption]
The city of London is illuminated by the extraordinary fireworks display[/caption]
Paris welcomes in the New Year with an incredible fireworks display at the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees[/caption]
Moscow was the first major European city to ring in the New Year[/caption]
A shower of light blue fireworks shimmer over Athens in Greece[/caption]
Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Australia[/caption]
People in Dubai watch a cavalcade of colour erupting above the Atlantis Hotel at The Palm Jumeirah[/caption]
An incredible fireworks display illuminate the skyline in Yogyakarta, Indonesia[/caption]
Fireworks explode over Chao Phraya River during the New Year celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand[/caption]
Fireworks explode near Petronas Twin Towers during New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur[/caption]
Fireworks light up the sky as Singapore ushers in the New Year at Marina Bay[/caption]
Fireworks explode over Chao Phraya River during the New Year celebrations in Bangkok[/caption]
Children watch a special fireworks display near the Erasmus bridge in Rotterdam, Holland[/caption]
Fireworks light up the sky as part of New Year celebrations in Baku, Azerbaijan[/caption]
Fireworks go off over central Grozny – the capital of the Chechen Republic[/caption]
Popular vantage points closed off early as hundreds of thousands of revellers counted down to the city’s New Year’s Eve party at midnight, reports news.com.au.
Rain fell over the harbour, with even heavier falls elsewhere over the metropolitan area.
A huge shower began just after 7pm, forcing many people diving under blankets to shield themselves from the rain.
Police estimated that more than one million people would crowd around Sydney Harbour to watch the fireworks.
Fireworks and light effects illuminating the night sky from the Taipei 101 skyscraper during the celebrations in Taiwan[/caption]
Revellers watch in amazement as the tower in Taipei explodes with neon colours[/caption]
People gather as fireworks light up the city’s skyline marking the New Year celebrations in Hong Kong[/caption]
Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year in Hong Kong[/caption]
Fireworks light up the sky over the Palace of Justice building to mark the first day of the New Year celebrations outside Kuala Lumpur[/caption]
Dubai rings in 2019 with spectacular fireworks at Burj Khalifa[/caption]
The world’s tallest building has been the centre piece of Dubai’s celebrations in recent years[/caption]
Fireworks explode on New Year’s Eve to welcome 2019 in Al-Dhafra, near Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates[/caption]
The huge show was to feature more than 100,000 pyrotechnic effects accompanied by music culminating at midnight with “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” made famous by Aretha Franklin, who died in August.
Police said they were taking precautions to prevent any terrorist attack, but assured revellers there was no specific threat.
Acting police deputy commissioner Mark Walton said: “We put obstacles between those large crowds and vehicles to ensure people can get in and out safely and enjoy their night in safety.”
More than one billion people around the world were expected to watch the fireworks on television.
Revellers celebrate at a New Year’s Eve party in Quezon City in the Philippines[/caption]
Around 75,000 people are expected to attend the Edinburgh Hogmanay 2019 Street Party in Edinburgh[/caption]
Love is in the air as revellers get into the swing of things in the Scottish capital[/caption]
Fireworks burst in the cold winter sky above Edinburgh as the city warms up before the clock strikes midnight[/caption]
The festivities in Edinburgh are among the biggest in the world[/caption]
Confetti rains on revellers in Manila in the Philippines[/caption]
The Pacific island nation of Kiribati – low-lying atolls along the equator which intersect three time zones – was the first in the world to welcome the new year, 14 hours before midnight in the UK.
Revellers elsewhere around the globe have also been ushering in the new year, including in
Tokyo and South Korea – the latter of which saw thousands of residents filling the streets of Seoul for a traditional bell-tolling ceremony.
Tonight in London, more than 100,000 people are expected to converge upon the capital to enjoy the popular New Year’s Eve fireworks show.
This year’s event has been billed as celebrating the city’s relationship with Europe and “send a message of support to the more than one million European Londoners living in the capital,” according to Visit London.
Big Ben’s famous “bongs” will ring out at midnight, followed by the UK’s largest annual fireworks display over the London Eye.
People wearing masks blow horns as they celebrate the New Year’s countdown in Ahmedabad, India[/caption]
Overjoyed revellers celebrate the new year in Karachi, Pakistan[/caption]
People gather in Ankara, Turkey ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations[/caption]
Raucous celebrations have started in Turkeys capital[/caption]
While many celebrate New Year’s Eve with fireworks, hundreds of Thais travelled to Takien Temple in Bangkok to lie inside coffins for traditional funeral rituals.
Participants believe the ceremony – symbolising death and rebirth – helps rid them of bad luck and allows them to be born again for a fresh start in the new year.
Participants held flowers and incense in their hands as monks covered them with pink sheets and chanted prayers for the dead.
Busaba Yookong, at the temple with her family, said: “It wasn’t scary or anything. It is our belief that it will help us get rid of bad luck and bring good fortune to our life.”
Party goers are checked by cops in Times Square ahead of the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Manhattan, New York[/caption]
NYPD K-9 units stand watch as New Yorkers gear up for the annual celebrations[/caption]
French policemen stand guard before the New Year’s Day celebrations on the Champs Elysees in Paris[/caption]
Closer to home in Paris, security was beefed up ahead of the French capital’s celebrations.
Anti-government protesters caused the authorities to send 147,000 security forces to celebrations across France.
The Interior Ministry said the heavy security measures were needed because of a “high terrorist threat” and concerns about “non-declared protests”.
In London police expected more than 100,000 to converge on the capital for the fireworks.
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The event is billed as celebrating the city’s relationship with Europe and to “send a message of support to the more than one million European Londoners living in the capital,” according to Visit London.
Over in New York, Snoop Dogg, Sting and Christina Aguilera were set to welcome 2019 in a packed Times Square.
The celebration was taking place under tight security, with partygoers checked for weapons and then herded into pens, ringed by metal barricades, where they waited for the stroke of midnight.
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