2020 New Year Celebrations Around the World

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By NTD Newsroom
January 1, 2020Worldshare

People around the globe bid farewell to 2019 and welcomed in the first year of the new decade.

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Crowds watch the fireworks from the SkyTower during Auckland New Year’s Eve celebrations in Auckland, New Zealand on Jan. 1, 2020. (Dave Rowland/Getty Images)

New Zealand was one of the earliest countries to greet the New Year. In Auckland, half a ton of fireworks were set off from the Sky Tower above the city center.

In Australia, more than a million people gathered at the Sydney Harbor to see fireworks.

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New Year’s Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House (L) during the fireworks show on Jan. 1, 2020. (Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images)

Thousands of South Koreans filled the cold streets of Seoul for a bell-tolling ceremony. The bell is rung annually 33 times by celebrities and other prominent people.

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South Koreans perform on stage to celebrate New Years’ at the Bosingak pavilion in Seoul, South Korea on Jan. 1, 2020. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Crowds gathered in Tokyo’s Shibuya City to count in 2020. Tokyo will also host the 2020 Olympics, a highly anticipated event for the capital and the entire nation.

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People gather during the You Make Shibuya Countdown 2019-2020 event at Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan on Dec. 31, 2019. The countdown event was held at the world’s busiest crossing to celebrate the new year. (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

In Bangkok, Thailand, the public welcomed 2020 with a spectacular fireworks display over the Chao Phraya river.

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