New Year’s Eve 2018: watch firework displays from around the world

Tuesday 01 January 2019 18:35
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New Year's Eve 2018: fireworks from around the world

A series of spectacular celebrations lit up the skies around the world on Monday evening as millions of spectators gathered to watch fireworks displays to welcome the start of the new year.

More than 100,000 people gathered in London on Monday evening to watch Europe’s largest annual pyrotechnic display as the world welcomed 2019 with a series of breathtaking celebrations.

Auckland was the first major city to welcome the new year with the spectacle centred around the New Zealand city’s Sky Tower.

More than a million people turned out to watch Sydney’s world-famous display, despite torrential rain and lightning earlier in the day.

As the hours passed, millions of people across Asia, Africa and Europe braved the conditions to see the fireworks and celebrate the new year – with Hong Kong, North Korea, and Dubai among the cities putting on impressive displays.

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