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New Year

In Pictures: Here's how the world brought in the New Year

2020 is here.

SO, 2020 IS finally here and there are tired heads all over the world today. 

There were spectacular displays of fireworks and light shows in hundreds of cities around the globe.

Here’s how the world rang in the new decade. 


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The lighting display over the Custom House in Dublin on New Yers Eve. Over 45,000 people were in attendance for the event on the quays which saw Walking on Cars help bring in the New Year. 

Dingle, Kerry

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Not to be outdone by the capital, Kerry also rang in 2020 with its own spectacular fireworks display.


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Thousands of people lined the Thames as London kicked off the new decade.
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, had promised the display – which also featured music from Stormzy, Wiley and Bastille – would be the best the capital “has ever seen”.

Big Ben rang out 12 times to mark the start of the new year despite the bell falling mostly silent in 2019 while renovation work is completed.

New York

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Confetti fell at midnight on the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration after the iconic “ball drop” countdown.

Burqin, China

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Tourists in Burqin County of Altay, northwest China participated in a bonfire event celebrating the coming of New Year in Hemu Village, best known for its snow scenery.

Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Thousands turned out to welcome 2020 at Bresit cliff hill in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Sydney, Australia

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Fireworks are set off on New Year’s Eve near the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This year’s firework celebrations caused controversy as thousands of firefighters across Australia are currently battling huge bushfires.

Paris, France

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Fireworks illuminate the sky over the Arc de Triomphe during the New Year’s celebrations on the Champs Elysees in Paris.

Berlin, Germany

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Fireworks are seen above the Brandenburg Gate as celebrations for the New Year in Berlin.

Rome, Italy

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Fireworks light up the night sky over the Circus Maximus during the New Year celebrations in Rome.

Cairo, Egypt

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People celebrate the New Year in Cairo, Egypt.

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