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New Year’s Eve LIVE: Sydney welcomes 2024 with spectacular show as millions watch London fireworks

Sydney welcomes 2024 with New Year’s fireworks over the harbor

Millions of people around the world are preparing to ring in the new year, and first nations are already welcoming the start of 2024.

Sydney, Australia, became the latest to ring in the new year, with an epic 12-minute fireworks display watched by thousands around the harbor.

Crowds had gathered throughout the day to secure a good spot, ahead of the iconic display which sees eight tonnes of pyrotechnics launched from the Harbor Bridge and Opera House.

This followed New Zealand, which began its celebrations at 11:00 GMT with a fireworks display in Auckland.

The small Pacific island nations of Tonga, Samoa and Kiribati were the first to bid farewell to 2023, as it passed midnight at 10 a.m. GMT.

Despite the bad weather forecast across the UK, tens of thousands of people are expected on the streets of London before midnight this evening, with the countdown started by Big Ben.

The last place to leave in 2024 will be Baker Island in the central Pacific Ocean, and it will already be January 2 in Kiribati.

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Will BBC show London fireworks?

The short answer, yes. If you fancy watching the UK’s biggest fireworks display from the comfort of your own home, BBC One will be streaming the show live.

From 11.30pm, the BBC will broadcast Rick Astley’s New Year’s Eve Rocks from the Camden Roundhouse, before switching to the show shortly before the countdown begins.

More than 100,000 people are expected to watch in person on the banks of the Thames, with millions more tuning in online or watching on TV.

Last year, 400 drones were used to create a crown shape in the sky in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, before transforming into the familiar image of the late monarch’s face on a huge coin.

Holly EvansDecember 31, 2023 4:30 p.m.

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One year on: photos from London celebrations in 2023

London’s skyline lit up during last year’s celebrations

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Holly EvansDecember 31, 2023 4:00 p.m.

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New Year times around the world

While Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea have welcomed the new year, many countries still have a few hours until 2023.

Among the next to celebrate is China, which will mark midnight at 4 p.m. GMT, followed by Indonesia an hour later. As Russia’s eastern regions have moved to 2024, Moscow will ring in the New Year only at 9 p.m. GMT.

After the United Kingdom and several European countries, several countries in South America, including Brazil, will celebrate the holiday at 3 a.m. GMT, followed by the East Coast of the United States at 5 a.m. GMT.

The last to welcome 2024 will be Baker Island, in the central Pacific Ocean, at 1200 GMT.

Holly EvansDecember 31, 2023 3:35 p.m.

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Japan and South Korea will host 2024

In recent minutes, several other countries have started celebrating the start of 2024 with fireworks and parades.

Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Timor-Leste and Palau celebrated the new year at 3 p.m. GMT.

In Seoul, a bell ringing and countdown ceremony was held at Bosingak Pavilion while crowds gathered at a temple in central Tokyo to watch a traditional bell ringing ceremony.

People queue to pray at the Zojoji Buddhist temple in Tokyo on New Year’s Eve

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Holly EvansDecember 31, 2023 3:05 p.m.

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Photos: Celebrations are taking place around the world

Street musicians walk as people celebrate by eating souvlaki and dancing in the streets of Thessaloniki, Greece

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People warm themselves by a small fire as they attend celebrations in Sonamarg, Indian Kashmir

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Thai dancers perform “Khon Masked Dance” with light and sound in Bangkok,

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Holly EvansDecember 31, 2023 2:50 p.m.

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50,000 revelers expected in Edinburgh as Hogmanay street party sells out

Tens of thousands of Hogmanay revelers are expected in Edinburgh to ring in the New Year – with organizers of the Scottish capital’s famous street party confirming the event is now sold out.

Unique Assembly said all tickets had been sold out for both this event and the concert in the gardens, which will feature Britpop stars Pulp.

The band’s set will be punctuated by fireworks from Edinburgh Castle at midnight, marking the start of 2024.

Thousands of torches lit up the streets of Edinburgh on Friday to kick off Hogmanay celebrations.

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Al Thomson, co-director of Unique Assembly – which is organizing Edinburgh’s four-day Hogmanay celebrations on behalf of the city council – said: “We’re in for one hell of a party now!

“Fifty thousand people on the streets of Edinburgh enjoying great music, great company and one of the best fireworks displays in the world: there’s no better way to start the New Year.”

Holly EvansDecember 31, 2023 2:44 p.m.

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French family hopes for Eurostar tickets to spend New Year’s Eve with family

A French family are among those queuing at St Pancras International hoping to get tickets for a train back to Paris on New Year’s Eve so they can “party with friends”.

Emilio Fernández, 22, is with his parents Catherine and Manuel Fernández, 58 and 59, his sister Luna, 31, and his nephew Amani, four.

He said: “We were due to leave late (Saturday) but that was canceled in the afternoon. We were very worried because first of all it is important to come back to our country to celebrate the New Year, so we are still very worried because we are not sure we will be able to leave again.

His mother said: “It’s very expensive to stay in London, even for a few days. »

Holly EvansDecember 31, 2023 2:30 p.m.

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Watch: Sydney welcomes 2024 with New Year’s fireworks over the harbor

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Holly EvansDecember 31, 2023 2:15 p.m.

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In pictures: celebrations from around the world

Balinese dancers perform in cultural parade

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A street vendor sells festive novelties for New Year’s Eve in Beirut

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People holding ‘Happy New Year’ letters pose for photos during New Year celebrations in Amritsar

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Holly EvansDecember 31, 2023 1:55 p.m.

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UK weather conditions for New Year celebrations

As tens of thousands took to the streets this evening, forecasters warned that 2023 would end on an unsettled note with a low bringing downpours for New Year/Hogmanay revelers.

Although showers will be widespread, areas of eastern England and Scotland will have the best chance of avoiding showers. It will remain quite windy across Wales and southern England, with a yellow weather warning previously issued for strong gales.

Holly EvansDecember 31, 2023 1:35 p.m.

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