New Zealand welcomes the New Year with a fireworks show

New Zealand welcomes the New Year with a fireworks show

Auckland in New Zealand has become the first major world city to welcome 2018.

The display lit up about 3,000 fireworks in the sky and lasted more than five minutes, local media reported. An hour later, celebrations kicked off in New Zealand with a glamorous firework display.

New year celebrations have started around the world. The first to welcome the new year are people in the Pacific islands of Samoa, Tonga and Kiritimati, an atoll in the ocean also known as Christmas Island, part of the republic of Kiribati.

Eastern Australia's cities of Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Honiara entered 2018 two hours after New Zealand and about an hour after Anadyr, Russia's easternmost town.

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SkyCity, an event centre and casino, in Aucklnad was the hub of the country's celebrations for the New Year.

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

During the midnight fireworks display, a rainbow waterfall off the Sydney Harbour Bridge was planned to celebrate recently passed legislation legalizing gay marriage in Australia.

Barbecued beef and octopus dumpling stalls were out at Tokyo's Zojoji Temple, where people take turns striking the giant bell 108 times at midnight, an annual practice repeated at other Buddhist temples throughout Japan. "I feel this very abstracted sense of uncertainty, although I really have no idea what might happen". Then, in 2011, it made a decision to change its worldwide dateline to align more closely with New Zealand and Australia in a bid to improve trade ties.

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