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Happy New Year! This is how the world celebrated 2016's arrival

Cities and countries across the world took part in the celebrations.

People celebrate the new year in front of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.
People celebrate the new year in front of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.
Image: Francois Mori/Press Association Images

CELEBRATIONS TOOK PLACE across the globe as each country and city welcomed 2016, starting off with Samoa and Kiribati – both are fourteen hours ahead of Ireland – before finishing up in Baker Island and Howland Island at 10am (Irish time).

The skies were filled with fireworks, numerous champagne bottles were opened, and many people joined hands and tried to remember the words to Auld Lang Syne beyond the first verse (probably).

Each country had its own way of welcoming in 2016 so here’s how some of them celebrated.

Celebrations across the world

In London, fireworks exploded over the River Thames and Big Ben.

Britain New Years Eve Source: Alastair Grant/Press Association Images

New Year celebrations Source: Anthony Devlin/Press Association Images

Paris saw a five minute performance play on the Arc de Triomphe as those attending captured the moment.

France New Years Eve Source: Francois Mori/Press Association Images

France New Years Eve Source: Francois Mori/Press Association Images

France New Years Eve Source: Francois Mori/Press Association Images

In Germany, the Mariendom (St. Mary’s Cathedral) and St Severi’s Church in Erfurt had its own fireworks display.

Germany New Years Eve Source: Jens Meyer/Press Association Images

Germany New Years Eve Source: Jens Meyer/Press Association Images

While Berlin’s own celebrations took place in the area around the Brandenburg Gate.

Germany New Years Eve Source: Markus SchreiberPress Association Images

Germany New Years Eve Source: Markus Schreiber/Press Association Images

The Giza Pyramids near Cairo, Egypt were lit up in its own way.

Mideast Egypt New Years Eve Source: Maya Alleruzzo/Press Association Images

But fireworks lit up the Parthenon at the Acropolis hill in Athens, Greece.

Greece New Years Eve Source: Yorgos Karahalis/Press Association Images

In Moscow, Russia, a lone policeman patrols near Red Square as celebrations continued through the night.

Russia New Year Eve Source: Denis Tyrin/Press Association Images

Russia New Years Eve Source: Denis Tyrin/Press Association Images

In Brazil, fireworks lit up the sky over Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil New Years Eve Source: Mauro Pimentel/Press Association Images

Brazil Source: AP/Press Association Images

Over in Taipei, Taiwan, the Taipei 101 skyscraper was the key player in a major fireworks display.

Taiwan New Years Eve Source: Wally Santana/Press Association Images

Taiwan New Years Eve Source: Wally Santana/Press Association Images

Buddhists at Bongeun Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea celebrated 2016’s arrival in their own way.

South Korea New Years Eve Source: Ahn Young-joon/Press Association Images

South Korea New Years Eve Source: Ahn Young-joon/Press Association Images

And near Tokyo, Japan, people released balloons to usher in the new year.

Japan New Years Eve Source: Eugene Hoshiko/Press Association Images

Japan New Year Source: Eugene Hoshiko/Press Association Images

Fireworks exploded over Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia.

New Years Eve Sydney Harbour Source: Rob Griffith/Press Association Images

New Years Eve Sydney Harbour Source: Rob Griffith/Press Association Images

While at Times Square in New York City, confetti rained down on the many attendees.

New Years Eve Times Square Source: Mary Altaffer/Press Association Images

New Years Eve Times Square Source: Kevin Hagen/Press Association Images

New Years Eve Times Square Source: Julio Cortez/Press Association Images

And Dublin celebrated with the Procession of Light event which made its way up Grafton Street.

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Read: Pic: Ireland got a glimpse of the Northern Lights last night >

Read: 16 intriguing world flags and their hidden meanings >

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