New Year’s Eve is celebrated the world over, with fireworks, drinking and singing of traditional songs. London celebrates with a massive fireworks show, from the base of the London Eye.
New York sees residents and tourists gather in Times Square to witness the notorious ball drop, which has signified the beginning of the new year for more than 100 years.
It’s been a fairly soggy run-up in Sydney however, where thousands of people waiting to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks around the harbour were battered by torrential rain as a thunderstorm swept in.
There’s also been some disquiet about those famous fireworks. Sydney’s lord mayor, Clover Moore, has called ticketed New Year’s Eve events around the city’s harbour an “outrageous” money-making exercise by the state government.
Moscow: Concerts and light shows will be held across the city’s parks and more than 1,000 ice rinks have been opened for merrymakers.
Paris: A fireworks display and sound and light show under the theme „fraternity“ is set to go ahead on the Champs-Elysees despite plans for further „yellow vest“ anti-government protests at the famed avenue.
Berlin: Music lovers will party at a concert at the Brandenburg Gate, but a popular German tradition of setting off fireworks to mark the occasion has been banned in some other cities over safety concerns.
London: Britain’s capital will usher in the New Year by celebrating its relationship with Europe amid turmoil over the Brexit referendum vote to leave the union, with the fireworks display at the London Eye to feature music from the continent’s artists.