Spectacular fireworks have lit up the skies in Hong Kong, Australia and elsewhere in Asia as revellers rang in 2018.
Over 5 minutes of fireworks from the Sky Tower welcome in the new year during New Year's Eve celebrations on January 1, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. The first to welcome the new year are people in the Pacific islands of Samoa, Tonga and Kiritimati, an atoll in the ocean also known as Christmas Island, part of the republic of Kiribati. The first European country to celebrate the beginning of the new year will be Russian Federation.
In many cities, revelers take to the streets to celebrate the arrival of the New Year with the community while some prefer quiet time with family and friends.
SkyCity spokesman Brad Burnett said the Sky Tower fireworks display is an important focal point for the city's celebrations. The traditional New Year's Eve party at Times Square, New York City, is expected to be one of the coldest in recent years.More news: NBA Refs Blow Another Blatant, Crucial Call In The Clutch
Australians welcomed 2018 with a rainbow-themed fireworks in Sydney.
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. New Zealand's time is 7.30 hours ahead of India, so for the first time every year the New Year celebrations start right here.
After spending an exhausting year that saw a presidency toppled by a corruption scandal and nuclear-armed North Korea firing missile after missile, South Koreans enter 2018 in need of a happy distraction.