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Festive And Beautiful Photos Of New Year's Eve Celebrations Around The Globe

The world rings in 2015 with fireworks and party favors.

Last updated on January 1, 2015, at 1:01 a.m. ET

Posted on December 31, 2014, at 6:56 a.m. ET

New Zealand was one of the first nations to celebrate the start of 2015.

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A huge fireworks display from the top of Auckland's Sky Tower could be seen across the country's biggest city.

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Australia was the next country to ring in the new year, with crowds gathering around Sydney Harbour for the annual firework display.

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Fireworks lit up the sky above iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

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The display used more than 10,000 aerial fireworks, 25,000 shooting comets, and 100,000 pyrotechnic effects.

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Local media estimated that 1.6 million people crowded along the Harbour foreshore to watch the display.

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In Japan's capital, people released balloons outside the Tokyo Tower to ring in 2015.

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The balloons carried wishes for the new year.

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At Tokyo's Kanda shrine, a Shinto priest welcomed worshippers looking to pray for the wellbeing of their loved ones.

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Naked men in loincloths at the shrine pounded steamed rice into a mochi, a rice cake made to celebrate the new year.

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In South Korea, people gathered at Imjingak peace park near the Demilitarized Zone dividing the country from North Korea.

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A huge traditional bell was rung to welcome the new year.

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In the capital Seoul, buddhists lit candles at the Bongeun temple.

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Fireworks also erupted over the temple in celebration.

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Couples posed for their first selfies of 2015.

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In Hong Kong, a majestic display of pyrotechnics lit up Victoria Harbor.

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The city's observation wheel proved a fantastic vantage point.

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In Malaysia, colorful explosions lit up the sky near the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

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While in Singapore, fireworks erupted from a floating installation in Marina Bay.

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The installation was made up of 25,000 "wishing spheres" on which people had penned their hopes for 2015, which marks the 50th year of the city-state's independence.

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In the Philippines, Manila was the scene of a large fireworks display.

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AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

Filipinos also watched a laser show on buildings in downtown Manila.

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At the Vatican, Pope Francis arrived for the New Year's Eve vespers Mass in St. Peter's Basilica.

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The traditional Dec. 31 Mass contains the thanksgiving hymn "Te Deum" to end the year.

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AP Photo/Andrew Medichini

In North Korea, a fireworks display ushered in 2015 in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square, named after the country's former leader.

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Schoolchildren also performed in a concert in the capital's Central Youth Hall.

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The performance was entitled "We Are The Happiest in the World."

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In the Chinese city of Harbin, people released sky lanterns to herald the new year.

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Elsewhere in China, the National Stadium in Beijing was lit up with the words "Year 2015."

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People went ice-skating outside the stadium, known as the Bird's Nest, to mark Beijing's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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Meanwhile in Shanghai, lights and lasers illuminated buildings as part of a countdown celebration.

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In India, school teachers arranged a floral display in the western city of Ahmedabad in the final hours of 2014.

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Students then spelled out a welcoming message.

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In Russia, fireworks illuminated the frigid sky over St. Basil's Cathedral and Kremlin's Spasskaya Tower in Moscow.

The tower was covered by scaffolding during celebrations of New Year's Day in Red Square.
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The tower was covered by scaffolding during celebrations of New Year's Day in Red Square.

Saint Basil's Cathedral.
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Saint Basil's Cathedral.

The Kremlin's Spasskaya (Saviour) Tower, covered by scaffolding.
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The Kremlin's Spasskaya (Saviour) Tower, covered by scaffolding.

The city of Baku in Azerbaijan served as the stage for the nation's fireworks show.

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And in Edinburgh, Scotland, thousands of revelers gathered along Princes Street to sing and dance.

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Fireworks explode over Edinburgh castle during the Hogmanay street party celebrations.
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Fireworks explode over Edinburgh castle during the Hogmanay street party celebrations.

Fireworks also exploded over the ancient Parthenon temple at the Acropolis in Athens.

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New Year's Eve celebrations kicked off in Athens despite rainfall.
AP / Petros Giannakouris

New Year's Eve celebrations kicked off in Athens despite rainfall.

In Indonesia, fireworks brightened the sky above the Hill Gundaling in North Sumatra.

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Hill Gundaling, Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia.
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Hill Gundaling, Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

Fireworks exploded in dramatic fashion behind the quadriga of the landmark Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany.

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The Quadriga statue on top of the Brandenburg Gate shortly after midnight in Berlin.
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The Quadriga statue on top of the Brandenburg Gate shortly after midnight in Berlin.

Thousands of people, meanwhile, packed Sol Square to celebrate the new year in Madrid, Spain.

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While in Beirut, Lebanon, people set off balloons to mark the start of 2015.

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In England, fireworks engulfed the iconic London Eye.

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The sky lights up over the London Eye in central London.
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The sky lights up over the London Eye in central London.

Fireworks explode behind the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben on the River Thames in London.
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Fireworks explode behind the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben on the River Thames in London.

And in France, the Arc de Triomphe served as the fireworks backdrop for hundreds of revelers.

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In Skopje, Macedonia, fireworks exploded over the Archaeological Museum

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Hundreds also gathered at Castle Square in Warsaw, Poland, to celebrate the new year.

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In Sarajevo, some watched the fireworks from a distance.

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In Nigeria, crowds gathered to watch fireworks at the beach in the city of Lagos.

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And of course, the revelers were ready to ring in the new year with parties in Brazil.

A wave crashes on two girls hugging as they usher in the new year as fireworks explode over Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.
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A wave crashes on two girls hugging as they usher in the new year as fireworks explode over Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.

Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.
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Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.

People watch fireworks exploding near the Pavao Pavaozinho slum in Rio de Janeiro.
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People watch fireworks exploding near the Pavao Pavaozinho slum in Rio de Janeiro.

Revelers in Cape Town, South Africa, set off their own fireworks.

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A man hangs from a pole in a main party zone in Cape Town.
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A man hangs from a pole in a main party zone in Cape Town.

In New York City, people gathered at Times Square to watch the ball drop..

Balloons are released as revelers take part in the New Year's Eve festivities.
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Balloons are released as revelers take part in the New Year's Eve festivities.

The moon is pictured above the ball in Times Square on New Year's Eve.
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The moon is pictured above the ball in Times Square on New Year's Eve.

Confetti flies around the New Year's Eve Ball Drop, right after midnight.
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Confetti flies around the New Year's Eve Ball Drop, right after midnight.

Revellers toss confetti over Times Square from a hotel after the clock struck midnight during New Year's Eve celebrations.
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Revellers toss confetti over Times Square from a hotel after the clock struck midnight during New Year's Eve celebrations.

We will be updating this article as the clock strikes midnight in more countries.

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