New Zealand welcomes the New Year with a fireworks show

New Year's Eve celebrations kick off as world welcomes in 2018

Countries like New Zealand and Austrailia have ushered in the new year and marked its beginning with stunning fireworks. The New Year obviously arrives at different times for different countries across the globe.

There are 39 different local times in use, which means it takes 26 hours for the entire world to enter the New Year.

About 1.6 million people are attending to attend the fireworks around the edge of Sydney Harbour.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported that President Xi Jinping sent a New Year's greeting to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, saying Beijing is ready to boost cooperation with Russia in 2018.

In many cities, revelers take to the streets to celebrate the arrival of the New Year with the community while some prefer quiet time with family and friends.

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Fireworks lit up the sky above Sydney Harbour, highlighting the city's New Year's celebrations.

Australians welcomed 2018 with a rainbow-themed fireworks in Sydney.

Over 24 hours, cities across the world will gradually sign off 2017 and welcome the New Year, starting in the Pacific, heading across Asia, then Europe and finally the Americas. "I feel this very abstracted sense of uncertainty, although I really have no idea what might happen".

As 2017 marked the tower's 20th birthday year, crowds were also treated to performances by Sons of Zion on Federal St below, while Che Fu and King Kapisi's versatile duo HedLok Live brought in the New Year at SkyCity's bar, twentyone. The group of dignitaries picked to ring the old Bosingak bell at midnight includes Soohorang and Bandabi - the tiger and bear mascots for the Pyeongchang Winter Games and Paralympics in February and March.

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