Fireworks Mark New Year Around World
It’s 2014 and what a way to start the New Year. This incredible display of fireworks blasted out of the London Eye and over the river Thames.
New Years Eve, or Hoc hogmanay as it’s known in Scotland, is a very special night and Edinburgh lived up to the hype with a barrage of fireworks over the city’s Castle.
But one of the first places to see in the New Year was Auckland, New Zealand with fireworks erupting from the city’s Sky Tower.
In Australia a million people crammed into Sydney Harbor for the dawn of 2014 and a fabulous display over the Opera House.
Two hours later, monks rang a bell in Tokyo to mark the New Year and pray for health and happiness in 2014.
In Hong Kong, this display over the city’s famous Victoria Harbor was watched by thousands. The fireworks were launched near the Kowloon Peninsula and from the top of skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island.
The Great Wall of China was the focus of celebrations in Beijing as people gathered for a light show at one of the best preserved parts of the wall.
Dubai rang in the new year with more than 400 thousand fireworks. The city hopes this spectacular display will bag a world record.
There’s only one word to describe the fireworks in Moscow’s Red Square, and that’s awesome. A fitting start to a year that will see Russia host the Winter Olympics.
Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate was packed out with revelers well before midnight; every one of them eager to see in the new year with this blaze of glory.
And there’s a lot more to come as the world welcomes in a brand new year. Wendy Eckheart, BBC News.