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Celebrations, fireworks across the world mark New Year’s eve

Updated Jan 02, 2017 12:19pm

As 2016 draws to a close, revellers around the world are bidding adieu to the outgoing year as per their traditions. Tens of millions of people from across the world take to street to enjoy the celebrations on the eve of new year. Beautiful scenes of fireworks attract attentions of scores of people in all the seven continents.

Revellers release balloons as they take part in New Year celebrations in Tokyo, Japan.—Reuters
Revellers release balloons as they take part in New Year celebrations in Tokyo, Japan.—Reuters

New Year fireworks illuminate the sky over the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge in Sydney.—AFP
New Year fireworks illuminate the sky over the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge in Sydney.—AFP

People gather to watch carbide-shooting, a tradition on the last day of the year to scare off evil spirits, in Zevenhuizen, the Netherlands.—AFP
People gather to watch carbide-shooting, a tradition on the last day of the year to scare off evil spirits, in Zevenhuizen, the Netherlands.—AFP

Fireworks explode above Singapore's financial district at the stroke of midnight to mark the New Year's celebrations.—AP
Fireworks explode above Singapore's financial district at the stroke of midnight to mark the New Year's celebrations.—AP

Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour to celebrate the New Year's Eve in Hong Kong.—AP
Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour to celebrate the New Year's Eve in Hong Kong.—AP

Fireworks illuminate the sky near Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers during the New Year celebrations.—AFP
Fireworks illuminate the sky near Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers during the New Year celebrations.—AFP

Fireworks explode off Auckland's Sky Tower as the new year is welcomed to New Zealand.—AP
Fireworks explode off Auckland's Sky Tower as the new year is welcomed to New Zealand.—AP

Police officers stand guard at the location where a stampede incident occurred during New Year celebrations two years ago, on the Bund in Shanghai, China.—Reuters
Police officers stand guard at the location where a stampede incident occurred during New Year celebrations two years ago, on the Bund in Shanghai, China.—Reuters

Palestinian artist Yazed Abu Jarad holds a Palestinian flag after making a sand sculpture that reads "Welcome 2017" at a beach in the northern Gaza Strip.—Reuters
Palestinian artist Yazed Abu Jarad holds a Palestinian flag after making a sand sculpture that reads "Welcome 2017" at a beach in the northern Gaza Strip.—Reuters

Buddhists light candles during New Year celebrations at Jogye Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea.—AP
Buddhists light candles during New Year celebrations at Jogye Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea.—AP