New Year celebrations start across globe

New Year celebrations start across globe

The New Year 2018 celebrations have begun across the globe. After New Zealand, people welcomed the new year in Australia as well.

"SkyCity is proud to deliver the annual Sky Tower fireworks display that's enjoyed by locals and visitors across various vantage points in Auckland, and watched by many millions more via internet and TV broadcast".

In Hong Kong, the fireworks display lit up the sky above the iconic Victoria Harbour to the sound of Auld Lang Syne remix. Francis on Sunday presided at a New Year's Eve prayer service in St. Peter's Basilica, a traditional occasion to say thanks in each year's last hours.

Samoa, the tiny pacific island was the first country to welcome in 2018, with New Zealand following an hour later.

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Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year in Hong Kong, China January 1, 2018.

Fireworks at Auckland's Sky Tower kicked off the new year in the City of Sails.

Those willing to courageous the cold in Beijing will join a countdown at the tower at Yongdingmen Gate, a rebuilt version of the Ming dynasty-era landmark gate at the southern end of the city's north-south axis.

In many cities, revelers take to the streets to celebrate the arrival of the New Year with the community while some prefer quiet time with family and friends. The group of dignitaries picked to ring the old Bosingak bell at midnight includes Soohorang and Bandabi - the tiger and bear mascots for the Pyeongchang Winter Games and Paralympics in February and March.

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