BILLIONS of people across the world have celebrated New Year’s Eve with the entire planet Earth now fully in the year 2016.
Sydney, as always, was one of the first major cities to usher in the festivities with the legendary fireworks display dominating the skyline over the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
In Shanghai, the countdown was cancelled due to precautions heeding last year’s deadly stampede while in Japan millions began preparing to visit the Meiji Shrine to pray for themselves and their loved ones over the coming year.
Fireworks went ahead in Dubai despite a massive inferno engulfing a downtown hotel, the Giza Pyramids in Egypt lit up the Saharan sky, and millions gathered in Moscow’s Red Square just as police in Munich announced an imminent terrorist threat and shut down two key Train stations.
The London Eye formed a magnificent backdrop to typical celebrations in London while British astronaut Tim Peake delivered a New Year’s message to Hogmanay revellers in Edinburgh.
Iceland was the last European country to celebrate three hours after millions of Spanish devoured 12 grapes at each chime of the midnight bells, and the festive wave swept across to the Americas and a mammoth display in New York’s Times Square.
Over 2 million people descended on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach, and just a few hours ago as Europe awoke to hangovers, resolutions and a fresh New Year, Hawaiians got in on the act to conclude an eventful 2015.
Happy New Year to all our readers!