Fantastic displays of fireworks illuminated night skies early Thursday as cities around the world celebrated the arrival of 2015.
Over in London, thousands gathered in the city’s heart along the Thames to witness a dazzling 11-minute fireworks display to choreographed to electronic music. After the light show was over, the crowd leaned to tradition, singing “Auld Lang Syne” to herald in the new year.
A Filipino watches a fireworks display at the Quezon Memorial Circle in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Jan. 1.
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Firework display from the top of the Sky Tower to welcome the New Year on January 1, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.
Fireworks explode over the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge during New Years Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia on Jan. 1. Thousands of people crammed into Lady Macquaries Chair look-out to see the new year in and watch the annual fireworks show.
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Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong on Jan. 1. Just like previous years, the city's iconic skyline along Victoria Harbour will light up with an eight-minute pyrotechnic display, as tens of thousands of partygoers will flock to the waterfront to celebrate.
A woman prays during New Year celebrations at Jogye Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea on Jan. 1.
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North Koreans gather at the Kim Il Sung Square to watch a fireworks display as they usher in the new year on Jan. 1 in Pyongyang, North Korea.
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A woman uses her mobile phone to take a photo during the New Year's Eve countdown event in front of Beijing's National Stadium, Known as the Bird's Nest in Beijing on Dec. 31. Beijing is bidding to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, with a decision on the winning city to be made in July 2015.
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Fireworks light up the sky above the Saint Basil's Cathedral during the welcoming ceremony for the new year at the Red Square in Moscow, Russia on Jan.1.
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A man sprays his drink over people as they celebrate the New Year in a main party zone in the city of Cape Town, South Africa on Jan 1.
A Iraqi Crowds cheer as the countdown and fireworks begin during a New Year's Day celebration at Firdous Square in Baghdad, Iraq on Dec. 31
A man holds a heart-shaped hot-air balloon during the New Year's celebrations in downtown Beirut, Lebanon on Jan. 1.
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People watch as Dubai celebrates the New Year with a light and sound extravaganza at midnight at the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower on Jan. 1. The 828-metre (2,716-foot) tower was lit up with different-coloured panels as the clock counted down to 2015.
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Fireworks explode behind the quadriga of Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate to usher in the new year on Jan. 1.
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People gathered in Children of Sarajevo Square celebrate new year in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on Jan.1.
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Fireworks explode above The Elizabeth Tower, also known as 'Big Ben' during the New Year celebrations in central London just after midnight on Jan.1.
Casey Pendry watches a second line parade down Royal Street in New Orleans, on Dec. 31. Pendry and her family traveled from Virginia to cheer for Alabama. Ohio State is slated to square off against Alabama for the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game on New Year's Day.
Tourists Teru Udaka, left, and Yuko Yamakata, wearing 2015 glasses, join other friends from Osaka, Japan to celebrate New Year's Eve in Times Square hours before the start of the celebration in New York on Dec. 31.