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Fireworks explode over Marina Bay during New Year's Eve celebrations in Singapore December 31, 2019. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Fireworks explode to welcome in the New Year over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, as seen from Cahill Expressway during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, January 1, 2020. AAP Image for City of Sydney/Dean Lewins/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. AUSTRALIA OUT. NEW ZEALAND OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN NEW ZEALAND. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN AUSTRALIA.
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People pose for photos to celebrate upcoming New Year in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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The midnight fireworks are seen from Mrs Macquarie's Chair during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, December 31, 2019. Picture taken December 31, 2019. AAP Image for City of Sydney/Mick Tsikas/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. AUSTRALIA OUT. NEW ZEALAND OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN NEW ZEALAND. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN AUSTRALIA.
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New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House (L) during the fireworks show on January 1, 2020. / AFP / PETER PARKS
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Fireworks are seen from Mrs Macquarie's Chair during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, December 31, 2019. AAP Image for City of Sydney/Mick Tsikas/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. AUSTRALIA OUT. NEW ZEALAND OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN NEW ZEALAND. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN AUSTRALIA.
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New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House (L) during the fireworks show on January 1, 2020. / AFP / PETER PARKS
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A girl gets her face painted in the digits of number 2020 during celebrations to welcome the New Year at a school in Ahmedabad, India, December 31, 2019. REUTERS/Amit Dave
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New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House (L) during the fireworks show on January 1, 2020. / AFP / PETER PARKS
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A vendor decorates his gift shop ahead of New Year's eve in Kuwait City on December 31, 2019. / AFP / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT
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New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House (L) during the fireworks show on January 1, 2020. / AFP / PETER PARKS
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New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House (L) during the fireworks show on January 1, 2020. / AFP / PETER PARKS
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The Midnight fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Sydney Harbour during the Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, December 31, 2019. AAP Image for City of Sydney/Lukas Coch/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. AUSTRALIA OUT. NEW ZEALAND OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN NEW ZEALAND. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN AUSTRALIA.
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New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House (L) during the fireworks show on January 1, 2020. / AFP / PETER PARKS
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Students cheer as they release balloons during celebrations to welcome the New Year at a school in Ahmedabad, India, December 31, 2019. REUTERS/Amit Dave
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A woman prays in front of lanterns to welcome in the upcoming New Year at the Jogyesa Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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Mizuki (L) and Tsubasa take a selfie as they wait to watch the New Year's Eve fireworks at South Bank in Brisbane, Australia, December 31, 2019. AAP Image/Dan Peled/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. AUSTRALIA OUT. NEW ZEALAND OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN NEW ZEALAND. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN AUSTRALIA.
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The midnight fireworks are seen from Mrs Macquarie's Chair during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, January 1, 2020. AAP Image for City of Sydney/Mick Tsikas/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. AUSTRALIA OUT. NEW ZEALAND OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN NEW ZEALAND. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN AUSTRALIA.
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Fireworks are seen from Mrs Macquarie's Chair during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, December 31, 2019. AAP Image for City of Sydney/Mick Tsikas/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. AUSTRALIA OUT. NEW ZEALAND OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN NEW ZEALAND. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN AUSTRALIA.
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People enjoy refreshments at a Christmas market in Red Square decorated for New Year celebrations, with the St. Basil's Cathedral, left, and the Kremlin's Spasskaya Tower in the background, in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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Crowds watch fireworks display during New Year's Eve celebrations in Brisbane, Australia, December 31, 2019. AAP Image/Dan Peled/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. AUSTRALIA OUT. NEW ZEALAND OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN NEW ZEALAND. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN AUSTRALIA.
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Midnight fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during New Year's eve celebrations in Sydney, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (Lukas Coch/AAP Images via AP)
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Crowds watch fireworks display during New Year's Eve celebrations in Brisbane, Australia, December 31, 2019. AAP Image/Dan Peled/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. AUSTRALIA OUT. NEW ZEALAND OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN NEW ZEALAND. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN AUSTRALIA.
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The midnight fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Sydney Harbour during the Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, December 31, 2019. Picture taken December 31, 2019. AAP Image for City of Sydney/Lukas Coch/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. AUSTRALIA OUT. NEW ZEALAND OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN NEW ZEALAND. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN AUSTRALIA.
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The 9pm family fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge on Sydney Harbour during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. (Dean Lewins/AAP Image via AP)
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New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the traditional early family fireworks show, held before the main midnight event, on December 31, 2019. / AFP / PETER PARKS
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Workers inflate balloons, that will be distributed to the crowds during New Year's Eve celebrations at Times Square in Manhattan, New York, U.S., December 30, 2019. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
Updated 31 December 2019

World prepares to welcome 2020 with energetic New Year’s Eve celebrations

World prepares to welcome 2020 with energetic New Year’s Eve celebrations

The world has started ringing in the New Year, with cities around the globe gearing up for their moment of attention with fireworks, music, and hi-tech lightshows.