Follow the New Year around the world

Fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney Australia Sunday Dec. 31 2017

Auckland in New Zealand has become the first major world city to welcome 2018. To welcome the new year in Mumbai, the city's historic buildings are decorated with colorful lights.

Thousands were seen cheering and wishing each other as the sky above the Auckland's Sky Tower was all lit with awesome firework display.

New year celebrations have started around the world.

There are 39 different local times in use, which means it takes 26 hours for the entire world to enter the New Year. In the meantime, Japan's Buddhist temples will have celebrated the new year striking their gong 108 times at midnight, in an effort to expel 108 types of human weakness and prepare for new beginnings.

Spectacular fireworks have lit up the skies in Hong Kong, Australia and elsewhere in Asia as revellers rang in 2018.

Australians welcomed 2018 with a rainbow-themed fireworks in Sydney.

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Sydney Harbour was lit up by fireworks.

Those willing to fearless the cold in Beijing will join a countdown at the tower at Yongdingmen Gate, a rebuilt version of the Ming dynasty-era landmark gate at the southern end of the city's north-south axis.

"The world situation has grown so complex, " Eguchi said, adding that he also anxious about possible terrorism targeting Japan.

As 2017 marked the tower's 20th birthday year, crowds were also treated to performances by Sons of Zion on Federal St below, while Che Fu and King Kapisi's versatile duo HedLok Live brought in the New Year at SkyCity's bar, twentyone.

Acts including Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, Celine Dion, and the Foo Fighters will keep partiers entertained before and after midnight at properties across Sin City.

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