Another year done and dusted and now it’s time to embrace and look forward to an all new year. Fireworks lit up the sky around the globe as new year celebrations kicked in with an extravagant display of lights and colours. Millions of people in India welcomed New Year 2018 as the clock struck midnight on Sunday.
Various hotels and restaurants across the country organised different events. In New Zealand’s thousands of people took to the streets, becoming among the first in the world to usher in 2018. From Australia, the celebrations moved to Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and finally America.
A mesmerising display of multi-colored fireworks broke out over Victoria Harbour to the sound of Auld Lang Syne sung in English and Chinese. The clocks in Australia and New Zealand chimed midnight at 1pm UK time, with jubilations erupting across Sydney and Auckland. Around 1.6 million spectators gathered in Sydney Harbour to witness one of the most stunning pyrotechnic shows in the world.
Here are the pictures of New Year celebrations from across the world:
Indians take pictures in front of the lit up Chattrapathi Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station ahead of New Year’s eve. / AFP PHOTO / PUNIT PARANJPE
Indian people gather at India gate during New Year’s Eve celebrations. / AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGET
Shimla: Girls hold candles of 2018 to welcome the New Year at Ridge in Shimla. PTI Photo
Kochi: A New year celebration Nanma 2018 at Puthukkalavattom in Kochi on Sunday. PTI Photo
A youth uses his mobile phone to capture the pictures of last sunset of year-2017, at Dal Lake in Srinagar on Sunday. PTI Photo
Monks hold cut-outs 0f 2018 to welcome the New Year at Ridge in Shimla on Sunday. PTI Photo
This picture from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken and released on January 1, 2018 shows fireworks ushering in the New Year in Pyongyang.
A woman applies coloured powder to a “rangoli”, a Hindu ritual design, to usher in the New Year in front of a home in Hyderabad on January 1, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAM
Paris : A firework explodes over the Arc de Triomphe as part of the New Year celebrations on the Champs Elysees, in Paris, France, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.AP/PTI
People light fireworks on a street to celebrate New Year’s on January 1, 2018, at Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, / AFP PHOTO / Brian Otieno
Fireworks explode over the Ebrie lagoon during New Year celebrations in Abidjan on January 1, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Sia KAMBOU
Pakistani people prepare to release lanterns as they gather to celebrate the new year in Lahore early on January 1, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ARIF ALI
Fireworks explode above Ljubljana castle during New Year’s celebrations just after midnight in Ljubljana, Slovenia on January 1, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Jure Makovec
Fireworks is seen over the city skyline with the landmark TV tower (R) as the German capital celebrates the arrival of a new year in Berlin on January 1, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN
People watch fireworks during New Year’s celebrations at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on January 1, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MAURO PIMENTEL
People celebrate during New Year’s celebrations just after midnight in Ljubljana, Slovenia on January 1, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Jure Makovec
Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year’s celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMEN
Fireworks explode over downtown Beirut, Lebanon, during New Year’s celebrations, on January 1, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ANWAR AMRO
A staff of a hotel lights a sign that reads 2018 during the New Year’s Eve celebration on Nungwi Beach in Zanzibar, Tanzania, on December 31, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / GULSHAN KHAN
Fireworks illuminate the sky in Santiago during New Year’s celebrations on January 1, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Martin BERNETTI