Celebrating 2019: New Year Around the World

Published January 2nd, 2019 - 09:44 GMT

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A wave of celebrations illuminated the skies above cities around the world, dazzling millions of people as spectacular firework displays and light shows welcome the arrival of the New Year.

From fireworks blasting across breathtaking backdrops to raucous street parties in cool capitals and all-night raves on blissed-out beaches, there’s no shortage of amazing ways to bring in 2019.

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Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2019. 
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Image 1 of 8:  1 / 8Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2019. ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP

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New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the fireworks show on January 1, 2019. 
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Image 2 of 8:  2 / 8New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the fireworks show on January 1, 2019. PETER PARKS / AFP

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This photo taken on December 20, 2018 shows a woman walking past illuminated decorations at a lighting display in Handan in China's northern Hebei province. 
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Image 3 of 8:  3 / 8This photo taken on December 20, 2018 shows a woman walking past illuminated decorations at a lighting display in Handan in China's northern Hebei province. STR / AFP

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This picture taken early on January 1, 2019 shows fireworks erupting in the sky during the 2019 new year celebrations in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. 
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Image 4 of 8:  4 / 8This picture taken early on January 1, 2019 shows fireworks erupting in the sky during the 2019 new year celebrations in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. KARIM SAHIB / AFP

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Fireworks explode over downtown Beirut, Lebanon, during New Year's celebrations on January 1, 2019. 
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Image 5 of 8:  5 / 8Fireworks explode over downtown Beirut, Lebanon, during New Year's celebrations on January 1, 2019. Anwar AMRO / AFP

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Fireworks explode over the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees for New Year's celebrations in the French capital Paris on January 1, 2019. 
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Image 6 of 8:  6 / 8Fireworks explode over the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees for New Year's celebrations in the French capital Paris on January 1, 2019. Alain JOCARD / AFP

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People look at fireworks exploding over the Kremlin in Moscow during New Year celebrations, on January 1, 2019. 
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Image 7 of 8:  7 / 8People look at fireworks exploding over the Kremlin in Moscow during New Year celebrations, on January 1, 2019. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

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 2019 Times Square ball (Twitter)
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Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2019. 
ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP

Image 1 of 8Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2019. ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP

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New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the fireworks show on January 1, 2019. 
PETER PARKS / AFP

Image 2 of 8New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the fireworks show on January 1, 2019. PETER PARKS / AFP

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This photo taken on December 20, 2018 shows a woman walking past illuminated decorations at a lighting display in Handan in China's northern Hebei province. 
STR / AFP

Image 3 of 8This photo taken on December 20, 2018 shows a woman walking past illuminated decorations at a lighting display in Handan in China's northern Hebei province. STR / AFP

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This picture taken early on January 1, 2019 shows fireworks erupting in the sky during the 2019 new year celebrations in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. 
KARIM SAHIB / AFP

Image 4 of 8This picture taken early on January 1, 2019 shows fireworks erupting in the sky during the 2019 new year celebrations in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. KARIM SAHIB / AFP

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Fireworks explode over downtown Beirut, Lebanon, during New Year's celebrations on January 1, 2019. 
Anwar AMRO / AFP

Image 5 of 8Fireworks explode over downtown Beirut, Lebanon, during New Year's celebrations on January 1, 2019. Anwar AMRO / AFP

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Fireworks explode over the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees for New Year's celebrations in the French capital Paris on January 1, 2019. 
Alain JOCARD / AFP

Image 6 of 8Fireworks explode over the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees for New Year's celebrations in the French capital Paris on January 1, 2019. Alain JOCARD / AFP

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People look at fireworks exploding over the Kremlin in Moscow during New Year celebrations, on January 1, 2019. 
Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Image 7 of 8People look at fireworks exploding over the Kremlin in Moscow during New Year celebrations, on January 1, 2019. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

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 2019 Times Square ball (Twitter)

Image 8 of 8 2019 Times Square ball (Twitter)

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