Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Global new year celebrations begin - amazing pics

Global new year celebrations begin

Revellers across the globe are gathering to welcome in the new year, with New Zealand and Australia leading the celebrations.
A giant clock in Auckland's Sky Tower counted down the minutes until midnight (11:00 GMT), when fireworks erupted.
Up to 1.5m people have lined the shores of Sydney harbour in preparation for the city's famous firework display.
Celebration plans have been muted in Indonesia, however, in the wake of the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crash.
In Brazil, more than one million people will join the crowds on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach, while New Yorkers will watch the city lower its trademark crystal ball over Times Square.
Some of the easternmost corners of earth, including Samoa, Kiribati and the Chatham Islands of New Zealand, were the first places to herald the new year.
 Firework display from the top of the Sky Tower to welcome the New Year on 1 January 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.Auckland was the first major city to welcome in 2015 with a huge firework display and music blasting from its iconic Sky Tower
Fireworks light up the Sydney Opera House during an early light show before the new year on 31 December 2014An early light show gave people a taster of what was to come in Sydney, with more than 10,000 fireworks, 25,000 shooting comets and 100,000 pyrotechnic effects expected to be used during the main event
People gather along Sydney Harbour to welcome in the New Year on New Year's Eve on Sydney Harbour on 31 December 2014 in Sydney, Australia.Sydney residents pitched up early on Wednesday to try to get the best view of the huge light display
People entertain themselves prior to welcoming in the new year on New Year's Eve on Sydney Harbour on 31 December  2014 in Sydney, Australia.Some of the revellers brought along their own musical entertainment
Shinto priests walk through a wooden tore gate after concluding an yearend ritual in preparation for the New Year at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, 31 December 2014. Shinto priests conduct an end of year ritual ahead of the new year at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. Over the coming days, more than 3m people are expected to visit the shrine to pray for health and prosperity in 2015
Students form "2015" standing on snow to welcome the upcoming New Year at Shenyang Agriculture University in Shenyang, Liaoning province, 31 December 2014. Students at China's Shenyang Agriculture University found their own way of marking the start of 2015
Indian students form numbers representing the year 2015 during a function to welcome the New Year at a school in Ahmadabad, India, on 31 December 2014It was a similar picture from students in Ahmadabad, India
A college student with paintings of a sheep on their hands to welcome the new year, and to mark the coming "Year of the Sheep", in Liaocheng, in eastern China's Shandong province on 30 December 2014 2015 is the "Year of the Sheep" in China, as illustrated by this student in eastern Shandong province
A man and a woman dressed as Father Frost (L) and his granddaughter (2-L) wave from a horse-drawn carriage as they take part in a New Year parade in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 31 December 2014. Grandfather Frost - the Russian equivalent of Father Christmas - and his granddaughter joined Kyrgyzstan's new year parade in Bishkek
Onlookers write and post their New Year wishes on a wishing wall display at a mall in Quezon city, metro Manila 31 December 2014. A wishing wall is on display in the Philippines capital, Manila. Around 50,000 posted wishes will be used as confetti alongside fireworks to herald in the new year

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