New Years Eve 2017: The world celebrates the new year with a bang.
A mesmerising display of multi-coloured fireworks broke out over Victoria Harbour to the sound of Auld Lang Syne sung in English and Chinese.
Joining the celebration, party-goers in North Korean capital Pyongyang were pictured watching as the clocks struck midnight, followed by fireworks over the Juche Tower monument.
Fireworks illuminate the city’s skyline during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
New Year’s Eve: Celebrations in Beijing sprung up outside the Forbidden City
New Year’s Eve: Revellers in Tokyo, Japan, opted out for more traditional celebration
New Year’s Eve: Australia celebrated with a colourful rainbow form Sydney Harbour Bridge
Around 1.6 million spectators gathered in Sydney Harbour to witness one of the most stunning pyrotechnic shows in the world.
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Fireworks explode over the Selamat Datang Monument in downtown Jakarta as Indonesia welcomes 2018
Thailand overturned a ban on fireworks for a series of stunning New Year displays.
Paris welcomed the New Year with a light and fireworks display on the city’s Arc de Triomphe
Hong Kong welcomes in 2018 with extravagant fireworks
Moscow and Ankara followed with some spectacular scenes in the Russian capital before a number of Eastern European countries, including Hungary, Greece and Ukraine, welcomed 2018.
Lights and fireworks lit up Paris’s Arc de Triomphe and Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate as France and Germany also welcomed in the new year at 11pm UK GMT.
The London Eye erupted in fireworks after Big Ben struck midnight. The sky sparkled with colours of red, blue, pink and green in the city’s largest New Year’s Eve firework display ever.
New York City and the US East Coast celebrated the New Year with its famous ball drop in Times Square at 5am UK GMT.
Fireworks illuminate the sky over the Angel de la Independencia in the New Year’s eve celebration
Fireworks light up the sky during the new year celebrations at the Navy Pier, Chicago
New Year’s Eve celebrations in San Francisco
There was an official reading of zero degrees just as it hit midnight in the Windy City and thousands packed the Navy Pier for the big countdown.In Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas the New Year was celebrated at 8am, as security was tightened in Las Vegas following the deadliest shooting in modern US history just three months ago.
A fireworks display took off from the top of seven of the city’s world famous casino hotels, starting at the Stratosphere and continuing to Venetian, Treasure Island, Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Aria and MGM Grand. More than 80,000 pyrotechnic firings that illuminated the sky in gold, red and green.
Hawaii was one among one of the last places to celebrate the New Year at 10am GMT, but it was the residents of Baker Island and Howland Island – the tiny outlying states in the US -which was the last place to celebrate the New Year at 12pm GMT – 12 hours after revellers celebrated the occasion in the UK.