Happy New Year, World! Capitals Around the Globe Ring in New Year With Spectacular Fireworks Displays

The Quadriga sculpture atop the Brandenburg gate was illuminated by the fireworks display in the German capital of Berlin for New Year's Eve
The Quadriga sculpture atop the Brandenburg gate was illuminated by the fireworks display in the German capital of Berlin for New Year’s Eve

Millions of people around the world are celebrating the start of the new year with elaborate fireworks displays. 

Capital cities across Europe have now welcomed in the New Year, with fireworks displays seen in Athens, Berlin, Paris and Rome.

Greece was one of the first nations in Europe to welcome the New Year, with the bells for 2018 ringing at 22:00 GMT.

France, Germany, Italy,  Spain and other nations across Western Europe saw the New Year in an hour later, with partygoers braving wet conditions to make the most of their night.

Revellers in Paris took to the streets around the Champs-Elysees in Paris, where thousands gathered  for a light show and a fireworks display at the Arc de Triomphe. 

Officials had warned the display could have been cancelled at the last minute due to a storm expected to hit France overnight.  

Dubai welcomed the New Year in at 20:00 GMT, although the UAE city opted for a world record-breaking lights show on the Burj Khalifa as opposed to fireworks due to ‘security reasons’. 

Moscow celebrated the New Year at an hour later, with a spectacular fireworks display over the capital near the Kremlin.

President Vladimir Putin called on Russians to be considerate with one another in the new year.

In his New Year’s message, he said: ‘Say the most cherished words to each other, forgive mistakes and resentment, admit love, warm up with care and attention. Let the trust and mutual understanding always accompany us.’ 

Auckland, in New Zealand, was the first major world city to kick off the party followed by Sydney where 1million people were thought to have watched the display over the city’s harbour. 

A rainbow waterfall plunged off the Harbour Bridge to celebrate recently passed legislation legalizing gay marriage in Australia.

Not to be outdone, Melbourne boasted that it had splashed out to ensure the city’s own fireworks display would not be beaten by Sydney. 

Thousands of revellers took to the streets near Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong, where an impressive fireworks display lit up the night sky.  

Rio de Janerio’s display is expected to commence at 02:00 GMT, while New York’s display is scheduled for 05:00 GMT.  

In London around 250,000 people are due on the streets amid tight security. Thousands will be lining up along the River Thames to watch the fireworks display near the Houses of Parliament, while others are expected out at clubs and bars across the capital.

And in Edinburgh, Scotland’s Hogmanay celebrations were also accompanied by hundreds of security staff.

Armed police were seen on the streets of the Scottish capital as tens of thousands of people celebrated the final day of 2017.

Princes Street, where celebrations are taking place were temporarily closed due to ‘weather-related debris’ but opened again for Sunday evening’s street party.

Organisers have promised the ‘best party ever’ for the 75,000 people attending, with live music, DJs, street entertainment and the ‘ultimate fireworks display’ from Edinburgh Castle.

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Daily Mail