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PHOTOS: World rings in 2015 with fireworks

Last updated on: January 01, 2015 00:03 IST

Bidding farewell to 2014 revellers around the world are welcoming 2015 with celebrations featuring fireworks, music, and dancing.

Rediff.com brings you images from the world's major cities showing you how they are celebrating the New Year.

Sydney and Auckland took the pride in being among the first major cities in the world to welcome the New Year. 

Image: The numbers '2015' is written in the air with a sparkler at the frozen Mana River in the Taiga district outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. Photograph: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters

Image: A man wears a pair of eyewear in the shape of the year 2015 as he waits for a countdown event to celebrate the arrival of the new year and in wishing winning the bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, in front of the National Stadium, also known as the "Bird's Nest", in Beijing. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Image: A Free Syrian Army fighter sprays graffiti on a wall prior to the new year in Aleppo. Photograph: Jalal Al-Mamo/Reuters

Image: New Year cakes are displayed outside a shop in Sheikh Maksoud neighbourhood of Aleppo. Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

Image: Schoolchildren's New Year performance "We Are the Happiest in the World" is given at the Central Youth Hall on the occasion of the New Year. Photograph: Reuters

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Image: Fireworks explode near the observation wheel during a pyrotechnic show to celebrate the New Year in Hong Kong. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

Image: A woman lights a candle before a ceremony to celebrate the new year at Bongeun Buddhist temple in Seoul. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

Image: People release balloons during New Year celebrations in Tokyo. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Image: A floating installation of 25,000 wishing spheres line the Marina Bay in the backdrop of the city's financial district ahead of the New Year's Day countdown celebrations in Singapore. Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters



Image: Fireworks light up the Sydney Harbour Bridge during the annual fireworks display to usher in the new year. More than 10,000 aerial fireworks, 25,000 shooting comets and 100,000 pyrotechnic effects were used during the annual Sydney Harbour New Year's Eve show, with an estimated 1.6 million people watching from along the harbour foreshore, local media reported. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

Image: A woman wears a head band displaying 2015 during celebrations in Sydney. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Image: Firework display from the top of the Sky Tower to welcome the New Year in Auckland, New Zealand. Photograph: Dave Rowland/Getty Images

Image: Midnight fireworks display brings in the New Year in Wellington, New Zealand. Wellington is the first capital city in the world to see in the New Year. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images