Sydney and Auckland kick off the New Year celebrations with stunning firework displays as the world rings in 2018

Countries around the world are heralding the start of 2018 with elaborate fireworks displays
Auckland, in New Zealand, was the first major world city to welcome the start of the New Year
Sydney's celebrations featured a rainbow waterfall to celebrate recently-legalized gay marriage.
Millions of people around the world are celebrating the start of the new year with elaborate fireworks displays.
Auckland, in New Zealand, was the first major world city to kick off the party followed by Sydney where 1million people were thought to have watched the display over the city's harbour. dailymail.co.uk
A rainbow waterfall plunged off the Harbour Bridge to celebrate recently passed legislation legalizing gay marriage in Australia.
In London around 250,000 people are due on the streets amid tight security.

Sydney kicked off 2018 with a bang with a rainbow themed firework display over the Harbour Bridge to celebrate recently-legalised gay marriage
Fireworks explode over Victoria harbour during New Year celebrations in Hong Kong on January. The year 2018 was lit up on the side of one of the buildings as fireworks lit up the sky
Fireworks explode over Victoria harbour during New Year celebrations in Hong Kong on January. The year 2018 was lit up on the side of one of the buildings as fireworks lit up the sky
Fireworks explode over Victoria harbour during New Year's Eve celebrations. The impressive display saw a number of red fireworks light up the skyline
Fireworks explode over Victoria harbour during New Year's Eve celebrations. The impressive display saw a number of red fireworks light up the skyline

Dozens of boats floated in Sydney's iconic harbour to get the best possible view of the fireworks on New Year's eve
There were pyrotechnic displays to accompany the firework display across the Victoria Harbour as Hong Kong saw in the New Year
There were pyrotechnic displays to accompany the firework display across the Victoria Harbour as Hong Kong saw in the New Year
There is a focal point where the countdown is displayed, but fireworks can be watched from both sides of the Harbour. The display lasts around 10 minutes and is watched by thousands of people
There is a focal point where the countdown is displayed, but fireworks can be watched from both sides of the Harbour. The display lasts around 10 minutes and is watched by thousands of people

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Celebrations also took place in Melbourne, Hobart and Canberra at the same time as Sydney launched its fireworks
Millions of dollars were spent on pyrotechnics for the display, though Melbourne had bragged that it's show would be bigger
Millions of dollars were spent on pyrotechnics for the display, though Melbourne had bragged that it's show would be bigger
Fireworks explode over the Yarra River as celebrations get underway in Melbourne, Australia
Fireworks explode over the Yarra River as celebrations get underway in Melbourne, Australia
New Zealand kicked off worldwide celebrations for the start of 2018 as more than 3,000 fireworks were launched into the sky above Auckland as the clock struck midnight
New Zealand kicked off worldwide celebrations for the start of 2018 as more than 3,000 fireworks were launched into the sky above Auckland as the clock struck midnight

The Sky Tower was the focus of celebrations in Auckland (pictured), while fireworks displays also took place in Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin 
Ferry passengers watch the fireworks from Auckland's harbour as the world welcomes in the new year
Ferry passengers watch the fireworks from Auckland's harbour as the world welcomes in the new year
Residents light fireworks to welcome 2018 during New Year celebrations in Paranaque city, metro Manila, Philippines
Residents light fireworks to welcome 2018 during New Year celebrations in Paranaque city, metro Manila, Philippines
Dozens of people gathered at an amusement park in Pasay, Manila, to take pictures of the fireworks lighting up the night sky as the Philippines enters 2018
Dozens of people gathered at an amusement park in Pasay, Manila, to take pictures of the fireworks lighting up the night sky as the Philippines enters 2018
Confetti in the shape of stars rains down on Filipinos enjoying the New Year's Eve celebrations in Manila, the country's capital city
Confetti in the shape of stars rains down on Filipinos enjoying the New Year's Eve celebrations in Manila, the country's capital city
The night sky over Seoul is lit up with fireworks during South Korea's celebrations to mark the start of 2017
The night sky over Seoul is lit up with fireworks during South Korea's celebrations to mark the start of 2017
The top of the Lotte World Tower is lit up with explosions as South Koreans herald the start of 2018
The top of the Lotte World Tower is lit up with explosions as South Koreans herald the start of 2018
Crowds brave the rains in Singapore in order to mark New Year at Marina Bay
Crowds brave the rains in Singapore in order to mark New Year at Marina Bay
Fireworks explode over Marina Bay in Singapore as the clock strikes midnight
Fireworks explode over Marina Bay in Singapore as the clock strikes midnight
People wait to watch the New Year fireworks in the rain at Marina Bay in Singapore
People wait to watch the New Year fireworks in the rain at Marina Bay in Singapore
Fireworks light up the night sky at Marina Bay for the New Year celebration in Singapore 
Fireworks light up the night sky at Marina Bay for the New Year celebration in Singapore 
Fireworks illuminate the sky near Malaysia's Petronas Twin Towers during New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur
Fireworks illuminate the sky near Malaysia's Petronas Twin Towers during New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia's Petronas Twin Towers were the focal point of where the fireworks display is, with people choosing to watch the display at a number of vantage points across the city, including Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, as it gives onlookers unobstructed views of the fireworks overlooking the lake
Malaysia's Petronas Twin Towers were the focal point of where the fireworks display is, with people choosing to watch the display at a number of vantage points across the city, including Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, as it gives onlookers unobstructed views of the fireworks overlooking the lake
Visitors watch the fireworks display during a New Year event at an amusement park south of Tokyo, in Japan
Visitors watch the fireworks display during a New Year event at an amusement park south of Tokyo, in Japan
Balloons are released in central Tokyo as people say goodbye to 2017 amid celebrations around the world
Balloons are released in central Tokyo as people say goodbye to 2017 amid celebrations around the world
A brave Londoner braves the rain ahead of New Year's Eve celebrations in the capital, where at least 250,000 people are expected to be out on the streets
A brave Londoner braves the rain ahead of New Year's Eve celebrations in the capital, where at least 250,000 people are expected to be out on the streets

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Children don 2018 glasses in Hong Kong as they wait for the clock to strike midnight
People walk along the popular Istiklal Street near Istabbul's main Taksim Square as people remember the victims of a deadly New Year's attack a year ago. A gunman entered the Reina nightclub in Istanbul during New Year's Eve celebrations last year and killed at least 39 people and injured 70 others
People walk along the popular Istiklal Street near Istabbul's main Taksim Square as people remember the victims of a deadly New Year's attack a year ago. A gunman entered the Reina nightclub in Istanbul during New Year's Eve celebrations last year and killed at least 39 people and injured 70 others
Fireworks are launched in Pyongyang, North Korea, as the Kim regime rings in the New Year
Fireworks are launched in Pyongyang, North Korea, as the Kim regime rings in the New Year
Crowds of people were filmed waving and cheering as celebrations took place in North Korea
Crowds of people were filmed waving and cheering as celebrations took place in North Korea
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Best of the rest: Weird and wonderful New Year traditions around the world
Meanwhile parts of Germany marked the evening of December 30th with a bizarre parade involving Perchten, a god figure derived from pagan religions that is similar to Krampus
Meanwhile parts of Germany marked the evening of December 30th with a bizarre parade involving Perchten, a god figure derived from pagan religions that is similar to Krampus
Perchten is said to visit homes in the days after Christmas, especially on Twelfth Night, when she will reward children who have been good or disembowel those who have misbehaved
Perchten is said to visit homes in the days after Christmas, especially on Twelfth Night, when she will reward children who have been good or disembowel those who have misbehaved
Folklore says that Perchten will cut open the stomachs of children who have misbehaved and fill them with straw and pebbles
Folklore says that Perchten will cut open the stomachs of children who have misbehaved and fill them with straw and pebbles
In a tradition dating back centuries locals dressed as Perchten, witches, devils and other demonic figures parade through the streets during the darkest week of winter, which such spirits were said to be most active
In a tradition dating back centuries locals dressed as Perchten, witches, devils and other demonic figures parade through the streets during the darkest week of winter, which such spirits were said to be most active
The annual Joburg Carnival takes place in in Johannesburg, South Africa, to mark the arrival of the New Year
The annual Joburg Carnival takes place in in Johannesburg, South Africa, to mark the arrival of the New Year
In Brazil the period between New Year and the Rio carnival, which will take place in early February, is treated as a prolonged holiday filled with parades and partying (pictured, celebrations in Johannesburg)
In Brazil the period between New Year and the Rio carnival, which will take place in early February, is treated as a prolonged holiday filled with parades and partying (pictured, celebrations in Johannesburg)
In Sao Paulo, an estimated 30,000 people took part in the annual Sao Silvestre international race
In Sao Paulo, an estimated 30,000 people took part in the annual Sao Silvestre international race
Hundreds of people also participated in the San Silvestre Swim at La Comandancia beach in northern Spain
Hundreds of people also participated in the San Silvestre Swim at La Comandancia beach in northern Spain
An Indonesian bride waits for her turn to get married during a mass wedding ceremony as part of New Year's Eve celebrations in Jakarta, Indonesia. 
An Indonesian bride waits for her turn to get married during a mass wedding ceremony as part of New Year's Eve celebrations in Jakarta, Indonesia. 
Nearly 450 couples gathered in a large tent in the city center just hours before midnight to pray with their families before signing marriage certificates 
Nearly 450 couples gathered in a large tent in the city center just hours before midnight to pray with their families before signing marriage certificates 
A bride has her headdress adjusted while taking part in a mass wedding organised by the city government as part of New Year's Eve celebrations in Jakarta, Indonesia
A bride has her headdress adjusted while taking part in a mass wedding organised by the city government as part of New Year's Eve celebrations in Jakarta, Indonesia
Neni, 55 (left) and Cek Lie (right), 68, pose for photographs during a mass wedding ceremony as part of New Year's Eve celebrations in Jakarta, Indonesia. Many couples wore matching colors and colorful traditional Indonesian outfits, with some brides donning elaborate headdresses and grooms carrying traditional daggers called keris
Neni, 55 (left) and Cek Lie (right), 68, pose for photographs during a mass wedding ceremony as part of New Year's Eve celebrations in Jakarta, Indonesia. Many couples wore matching colors and colorful traditional Indonesian outfits, with some brides donning elaborate headdresses and grooms carrying traditional daggers called keris
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan congratulated those taking the plunge and said the city would now host the event every New Year’s Eve
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan congratulated those taking the plunge and said the city would now host the event every New Year’s Eve
Relatives take pictures with a newly wedd couple during the mass wedding ceremony. The city government raised donation funds to pay for token gold dowries for the couples to exchange
Relatives take pictures with a newly wedd couple during the mass wedding ceremony. The city government raised donation funds to pay for token gold dowries for the couples to exchange
An Indonesian groom reacts as his bride put on his finger the wedding ring during the mass wedding ceremony. Grooms in Indonesia traditionally present gold jewelry or money to brides on the wedding day
An Indonesian groom reacts as his bride put on his finger the wedding ring during the mass wedding ceremony. Grooms in Indonesia traditionally present gold jewelry or money to brides on the wedding day
Jakarta local government personnel conduct a mass wedding to welcome and celebrate the New Year 2018 in Jakarta 
Jakarta local government personnel conduct a mass wedding to welcome and celebrate the New Year 2018 in Jakarta 
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