Sydney’s awkward New Year fireworks show moment

The New Year celebration started with 12 bells from the Big Ben, which has remained silent during the year because of the undergoing renovation works.

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Australia's largest city organized its biggest-ever fireworks display, using a record amount of pyrotechnics as well as new effects.

Over on ITV, the soaps topped the night with 5.1 million and 5.7 million watching Emmerdale and Coronation Street respectively.

Fireworks shows were cancelled out of respect for victims of a recent tsunami that killed more than 400 people.

In Moscow, concerts and light shows will be held across the Russian capital's parks, and more than 1,000 ice rinks have been opened for merrymakers.

Hopefully, the United States and the rest of the world could be better and enjoy peace, Peg Allen of Maryland told Xinhua in drenching Washington D.C. on New Year's Eve.

Revellers welcomed 2019 on Tuesday with fireworks displays and festivities as a celebratory wave swept westward across the globe from Asia to Europe and the Americas, putting to bed a tumultuous 2018.

People celebrate New Year's Eve in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of NY.

Australia, New Zealand, and surrounding Pacific Island Nations were among the first countries to ring in 2019 with fireworks and other celebrations.

Numerous performers were from the continent - and as the festival continues on New Year's Day, buildings will be illuminated by love letters to Europe from six writers: Billy Letford, Chitra Ramaswamy, Kapka Kassabova, Louise Welsh, Stef Smith and William Dalrymple.

The broadcaster said it was the leading network in the metro markets Monday night with a five city metro prime time share of viewers of 22 percent.

Two women take a selfie during the new year celebration on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on January 1, 2019.

Officials have urged centralized fireworks displays to discourage wild and sometimes fatal merrymaking. The notorious tradition, worsened by celebratory gunfire that turned deadly, stems from a Chinese-influenced belief that noise drives away evil and misfortune.

In the Dubai, fireworks crackled at the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, as hundreds of thousands of spectators gathered downtown to watch the spectacular display.

Vanessa Coleman