New Year’s Eve 2017 in pictures: Happy New Year 2018 around the world | World | News

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Revellers across the world are forgetting the turmoil of the past year to cheerfully welcome the 2018 to the sound of music and fireworks.

The new year slowly crept in from the far east, kicking off first in Samoa and the Christmas Island in Australian territory.

Bells have since rung across Hong Kong and other parts of China when the clocks struck midnight at 4pm UK time.

A mesmerising display of multi-coloured fireworks broke out over Victoria Harbour to the sound of Auld Lang Syne sung in English and Chinese.

In Beijing, a 7.8 km-long stretch known as ‘Beijing’s backbone’, brightly lit up all the way from Yongding Gate in the south all the way through the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

South Korea and Tokyo joined the loud celebrations when the clocks struck midnight at 3pm GMT.

In Seoul, a dazzling show of fireworks burst out from the Lotte World Tower, where the official party will continue to rock into the morning.

Joining the celebration, party-goers in North Korean capital Pyongyang were pictured watching as the clocks struck midnight, followed by fireworks over the Juche Tower monument.

To the east in Japan, many locals joined the traditional Joya no Kane celebration which saw temples up and down the country ring their bells a total of 108 times.

Meanwhile in Tokyo, residents of the metropolis celebrated out in the streets and clubs. Thousands of balloons were released from Tokyo Park and fireworks went off at the Sea Paradise Aquarium in Yokohama.  

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.

The main highlight of the night involved a colourful rainbow of fireworks, lasers and light cascading down the side of Sydney Harbour Bridge to celebrate the legalisation of gay marriage this year.

However it took over two hours for the whole of Australia to celebrate the new year, due to being caught in not one, but five different time zones. 

Meanwhile in New Zealand, fireworks lit up the Auckland and Wellington skyline as thousands lined the streets to usher in 2018.

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