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New Year Celebrations around the World

New Zealand, Australia, and surrounding Pacific Islands were among the first places to ring in 2018 with fireworks displays, parties, and other festivities. Nearly 1.5 million people gathered to watch a rainbow fireworks display above Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and opera house.

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Fireworks light up the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House during new year celebrations on Sydney Harbour, Australia, Jan. 1, 2018.
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Fireworks light up the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House during new year celebrations on Sydney Harbour, Australia, Jan. 1, 2018.

Residents in fox masks participate in the Oji Fox parade to thank the outgoing and welcome the incoming year at the Oji Inari shrine in Tokyo, Japan, Jan. 1, 2018.
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Residents in fox masks participate in the Oji Fox parade to thank the outgoing and welcome the incoming year at the Oji Inari shrine in Tokyo, Japan, Jan. 1, 2018.

Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre to celebrate the New Year, Jan. 1, 2018.
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Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre to celebrate the New Year, Jan. 1, 2018.

Fireworks explode from the Taipei 101 building during the New Year's celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Jan. 1, 2018.
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Fireworks explode from the Taipei 101 building during the New Year's celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Jan. 1, 2018.

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