Celebrating 2019: New Year Around the World

Published January 2nd, 2019 - 09:44 GMT

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. 
ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP

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

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

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

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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 2019 Times Square ball (Twitter)

2019 Times Square ball (Twitter)

Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2019. 
ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP
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
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
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
Fireworks explode over downtown Beirut, Lebanon, during New Year's celebrations on January 1, 2019. 
Anwar AMRO / AFP
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
People look at fireworks exploding over the Kremlin in Moscow during New Year celebrations, on January 1, 2019. 
Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
 2019 Times Square ball (Twitter)
Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2019. 
ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP
Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2019. ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP
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
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
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
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
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
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
Fireworks explode over downtown Beirut, Lebanon, during New Year's celebrations on January 1, 2019. 
Anwar AMRO / AFP
Fireworks explode over downtown Beirut, Lebanon, during New Year's celebrations on January 1, 2019. Anwar AMRO / AFP
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
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
People look at fireworks exploding over the Kremlin in Moscow during New Year celebrations, on January 1, 2019. 
Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
People look at fireworks exploding over the Kremlin in Moscow during New Year celebrations, on January 1, 2019. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
 2019 Times Square ball (Twitter)
2019 Times Square ball (Twitter)