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Kiss 2014 goodbye and welcome 2015 (38 pics)

The world is celebrating a new year! Welcome 2015

Sydney

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Sydney Harbour
And we`re off: An estimated 1.6million people gathered on the shores of the Sydney Harbour for the midnight fireworks show 

Heavy artillery: This image shows just some of the seven tonnes of fireworks that were set off around midnight in Sydney

Nearly there: Thousands of people watched the fireworks in Sydney from some 50 vessels in the water

Sydney`s iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House welcomes 2015
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The Shard will tonight beam out the highest ever New Year`s Eve countdown as the rest of the world continues to celebrate the arrival of 2015  The Shard will tonight beam out the highest ever New Year`s Eve countdown as the rest of the world continues to celebrate the arrival of 2015


Fireworks explode over Malaysia`s landmark Petronas Twin Towers during New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur
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Malaysia celebrates the New Year 2015 in modest mood in honor to the victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH370 and MH17 plane tragedies and floods that hit the country at this time claimed 24 lives and more than 200,000 have been evacuated

Five decades of independence: Singapore celebrates its 50th anniversary of independence with a year long festival
Five decades of independence: Singapore celebrates its 50th anniversary of independence with a year long festival

One big global show: Fireworks go off at the Taipei 101 skyscraper to celebrate New Year 2015 in Taipei, Taiwan
asian town Fireworks go off at the Taipei 101 skyscraper to celebrate New Year 2015 in Taipei, Taiwan
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Going off with a bang: An explosion of fireworks erupted over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong as the city ushered in the New Year
Going off with a bang: An explosion of fireworks erupted over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong as the city ushered in the New Year

All over the globe: Fireworks explode over the Victoria Harbour as Hong Kong celebrates the arrival of 2015
All over the globe: Fireworks explode over the Victoria Harbour as Hong Kong celebrates the arrival of 2015

Konnichiwa 2015: Some 2,000  people release balloons beside the Tokyo Tower to celebrate the New Year in the Japanese capital
Konnichiwa 2015: Some 2,000  people release balloons beside the Tokyo Tower to celebrate the New Year in the Japanese capital

People are gathered as fireworks explode over the Yokohama port during new year celebrations in Yokohama, near Tokyo
People are gathered as fireworks explode over the Yokohama port during new year celebrations in Yokohama, near Tokyo

Worldwide cheer: Hundreds of South Koreans gather to celebrate the New Year at the Imjingak Pavilion near the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north of Seoul
Worldwide cheer: Hundreds of South Koreans gather to celebrate the New Year at the Imjingak Pavilion near the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north of Seoul

Moment of peace: Buddhists light candles during New Year celebrations at Jogye Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea
Moment of peace: Buddhists light candles during New Year celebrations at Jogye Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea

Silent prayer: A woman prays during New Year celebrations at Jogye Buddhist temple in Seoul
Silent prayer: A woman prays during New Year celebrations at Jogye Buddhist temple in Seoul

Religious holiday: Buddhist monks and believers pray during a ceremony to celebrate the new year at Bongeun Buddhist temple in Seoul
Religious holiday: Buddhist monks and believers pray during a ceremony to celebrate the new year at Bongeun Buddhist temple in Seoul

A burst of orange light brightens up the night sky in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, as the country welcomes in 2015
A burst of orange light brightens up the night sky in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, as the country welcomes in 2015

Revelers watch a laser show being projected on buildings as the countdown for the New Year begins in Manila, Philippines
Revelers watch a laser show being projected on buildings as the countdown for the New Year begins in Manila, Philippines

Chinese folk artists dress up for a drama performance during the New Year`s Eve count down in Beijing to promote the city`s 2022 Winter Olympic bid at Olympic Park
Chinese folk artists dress up for a drama performance during the New Year`s Eve count down in Beijing to promote the city`s 2022 Winter Olympic bid at Olympic Park

Actors carried feathers and wore a range of colourful outfits for the event in Beijing as the city counted in 2015
Actors carried feathers and wore a range of colourful outfits for the event in Beijing as the city counted in 2015

Laser lights illuminate the Lujiazui financial district of Pudong in Shanghai during a light show as part of a New Year countdown celebration
Laser lights illuminate the Lujiazui financial district of Pudong in Shanghai during a light show as part of a New Year countdown celebration

First up: A grand fireworks display lit up the sky at the stroke of midnight in Wellington, New Zealand
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One down: New Zealand, along with Fiji, was among the first nations to welcome the new year at 11am GMT

One down: New Zealand, along with Fiji, was among the first nations to welcome the new year at 11am GMT

One down: New Zealand, along with Fiji, was among the first nations to welcome the new year at 11am GMT

Fireworks were set off from the top of the Sky Tower to welcome the New Year in Auckland, New Zealand
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Smashing show: More than 10,000 aerial fireworks, 25,000 shooting comets and 100,000 pyrotechnic effects are expected to be used
Smashing show: More than 10,000 aerial fireworks, 25,000 shooting comets and 100,000 pyrotechnic effects are expected to be used

For the world: Drones will be used to live stream the fireworks as they launch from the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and several barges
For the world: Drones will be used to live stream the fireworks as they launch from the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and several barges

Honuring those lost: Tributes to the Martin Place siege victims are planned amid the evening`s fireworks in the harbour

Europe - get ready! A visitor writes `2015` with a light pen in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France ahead of the new year
Europe   get ready! A visitor writes `2015` with a light pen in front of the Eiffel Tower  in Paris, France ahead of the new year

Incoming: 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
Incoming: 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

A floating installation of 25,000 wishing spheres line Marina Bay, Singapore as the sovereign-city state prepares to celebrate its golden jubilee of 50 years of independence from Malaysia in 2015
Anniversary: A floating installation of 25,000 wishing spheres line Marina Bay, Singapore as the sovereign city state prepares to celebrate its golden jubilee of 50 years of independence from Malaysia in 2015

Annual display in the Sydney Harbour will feature seven tonnes of fireworks and is expected to attract 1.6million
Annual display in the Sydney Harbour will feature seven tonnes of fireworks and is expected to attract 1.6million
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