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World Welcomes 2024: Global Celebrations Illuminate the Night

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Countries worldwide ushered in the year 2024 with diverse celebrations, each offering a unique flavor to the arrival of the new year.

Pacific Islands Lead the Dawn of a New Year

The Pacific islands, including Kiribati, Samoa, and Tonga, took centre stage as the first to witness the sunrise of the new year, setting the tone for global celebrations.

Auckland and Sydney Illuminate the Skies

New Zealand’s Auckland commenced the festivities with a vibrant fireworks display over the Sky Tower. Meanwhile, Sydney, Australia, marked the 50th anniversary of its Opera House with a dazzling show of silver and gold pyrotechnics.

Asian Capitals Ring in the New Year with Tradition and Fireworks

In Asia, Seoul, Pyongyang, Tokyo, and Hiroshima celebrated with a mix of bell tolling, fireworks, and traditional ceremonies, bringing a blend of modern and traditional elements to the festivities.

Spectacular Displays in Hong Kong, Beijing, Taipei, and Manila

Hong Kong showcased its largest-ever fireworks display, lasting 12 minutes, while Beijing, Taipei, and Manila lit up their skylines with impressive shows against illuminated tower blocks.

Balloon Flights in Myanmar and Rainbow Fireworks in Bangkok

Myanmar marked the occasion with early morning balloon flights over temples, while Bangkok, Thailand, witnessed a vibrant display of rainbow-coloured fireworks exploding over the Chao Phraya River.

India’s Cityscape Alight Amid Air Quality Concerns

Festivities in cities across India, including New Delhi and Mumbai, were accompanied by concerns about potential air quality issues due to fireworks. Despite the concerns, thousands gathered to celebrate the arrival of the new year.

Pakistan Observes Muted Celebrations in Solidarity

In Pakistan, festivities were muted following a government ban on New Year’s Eve events, an act of solidarity with Palestinians. A candlelight protest against Israeli airstrikes on Gaza took place in Karachi.

Middle East Extravaganza: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Muted Celebrations in Russia

Dubai’s Burj Khalifa displayed a spectacular fireworks show, while Abu Dhabi claimed the “largest fireworks display in the world.” Russia’s celebrations were cancelled for the second year in a row due to military actions in Ukraine, with funds redirected to support the front lines.

Dazzling Displays in Greece, South Africa, and Nairobi

Greece showcased a dazzling display over the ancient Parthenon temple in Athens, and Cape Town in South Africa lit up the sky with fireworks below Table Mountain. Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, also joined the global celebrations with vibrant fireworks.

European Capitals Welcome the New Year with Gatherings and Illuminations

In Europe, Berlin, Rome, and Paris welcomed the new year with gatherings, fireworks, and performances. London’s Thames River hosted the “biggest-ever fireworks, lights, and drone show,” featuring iconic music and voice recordings.

Edinburgh’s 30th Anniversary Hogmanay Celebration

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations marked the festival’s 30th anniversary, with thousands attending the sold-out Princes Garden Street Party and Concert in the Gardens, featuring performances by indie band Pulp.

Copacabana Beach and Times Square: Iconic New Year Moments

In Rio de Janeiro, crowds packed Copacabana beach for a colourful display launched from platforms in the sea, while tens of thousands gathered in Manhattan’s Times Square to witness the lighted ball drop at midnight.

A Symphony of Voices in London

London’s celebration featured 12,000 fireworks, 600 drones, and 430 lights in a nearly 15-minute display around the London Eye on the Thames. Voice recordings from prominent figures accompanied the spectacle.

From the Pacific islands to the iconic landmarks of major cities, the world painted a diverse and vibrant tapestry of celebrations, marking the arrival of 2024 with a mix of tradition, modernity, and unity.

 

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