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In Pictures: New Year 2019 celebrations around the world

A wave of celebrations are illuminating 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.

Revellers celebrate New Year's Eve in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The annual ball drop in New York City was welcomed with cheers and rain
Fireworks explode over the iconic London Eye marking the beginning of the New Year in central London Image copyright EPA
Image caption Pyrotechnics explode over the iconic London Eye for a 10-minute performance in central London
A man wearing a yellow vest lights up a flare on the Champs-Elysees, Paris, 31 December 2018 Image copyright EPA
Image caption "Yellow Vest" protesters demonstrate among revellers on the Champs-Elysees in Paris
Fireworks illuminate the sky over the Quadriga statue of the Brandenburg Gate during New Year's Eve celebrations in Berlin Image copyright EPA
Image caption Fireworks shoot across the sky over the Quadriga statue of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
A young couple shares tender moments celebrating New Year on the Red Square in Moscow, Russia Image copyright EPA
Image caption A couple share a tender moment while celebrating New Year on the Red Square in Moscow
Fireworks illuminate the night sky during New Year's Eve celebrations at a concert in Nairobi, Kenya Image copyright EPA
Image caption At a New Year's Eve concert in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, fireworks illuminate the night sky
A make-up artist decorates the hair of a woman in the shape of Santa Claus during the New Year preparations in Ahmedabad, India, 31 December 2018 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption A make-up artist decorates hair ahead of New Year celebrations in Ahmedabad, India
Revellers watch as a fireworks display marks the arrival of the new year following a countdown event on Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang on January 1, 2019 Image copyright AFP/Getty
Image caption Thousands gathered in Pyongyang, North Korea for performances and fireworks
Revellers launch fireworks from Jeongdongjin beach in Gangneung, Ganwon-province, South Korea Image copyright EPA
Image caption Fireworks are launched by revellers at a beach in Gangneung, South Korea
Fireworks illuminate the sky around Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, during New Year's 2019 celebrations in the Gulf emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 1 January 2019 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, is lit up with pyrotechnics
A reveller wears glasses that spell out 2019 during the New Year's Eve party in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, 31 December 2018 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption A reveller wears glasses that spell out "2019" during a New Year's Eve party in Quezon City in the Philippines
Buddhist believers light candles during celebrations to mark the Year of the Pig in the Chinese zodiac at Jogye temple in central Seoul, 1 January 2019 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Buddhists light candles to mark the Year of the Pig in the Chinese Zodiac at the Jogyesa Temple in Seoul, South Korea
Fireworks and light effects illuminate the night sky from the Taipei 101 skyscraper during New Year's Eve celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, 1 January 2019 Image copyright EPA
Image caption Crowds catch the spectacle on their smart phones as fireworks are projected from Taiwan's famous Taipei 101 skyscraper
Fireworks light up Hong Kong's iconic skyline as revellers celebrate the arrival of 2019, in China, 1 January 2019 Image copyright EPA
Image caption Hong Kong's iconic skyline is lit up as revellers celebrate the arrival of 2019 in China
Chinese people celebrate during a New Year's Eve ceremony in Beijing, China, 31 December 2018 Image copyright Lintao Zhang/Getty Images
Image caption A New Year's Eve ceremony is held in Beijing, China
Fireworks burst over the water of Marina Bay during the New Year countdown celebration in Singapore Image copyright AFP/Getty
Image caption Crowds enjoy an impressive pyrotechnic display over the Marina Bay in Singapore
Fireworks explode over the harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge landmark during New Year's celebrations in Sydney, Australia, 1 January 2019 Image copyright EPA
Image caption The fireworks over the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia lasted for 12 minutes

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