The new year is rung in from Australia to North Korea and beyond

Celebrations range from dazzling pyrotechnic displays to lighted candles.

ByJo Ann Toy
December 31, 2017, 5:04 PM

— -- From dazzling fireworks displays to quieter celebrations, people around the world ushered in the new year.

Australia exploded fireworks over Sydney Harbor, lighting the sky over the Opera House and Harbor Bridge.

PHOTO: Fireworks light the sky over the Opera House and Harbor Bridge during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Jan. 1, 2018.
Fireworks light the sky over the Opera House and Harbor Bridge during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Jan. 1, 2018.
Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

New Zealand welcomed 2018 with five minutes of fireworks from its Sky Tower.

PHOTO: Over 5 minutes of fireworks from the Sky Tower welcome in the new year  during New Year's Eve celebrations, Jan. 1, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand.
Over 5 minutes of fireworks from the Sky Tower welcome in the new year during New Year's Eve celebrations, Jan. 1, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand is one of the first major cities in the world to ring in the New Year.
Dave Rowland/Getty Images

In India, girls posed for photographs with lighted candles.

PHOTO: Indian girls pose for photographs with lighted candles during celebrations to welcome the new year in Bhopal, India, Dec. 31, 2017.
Indian girls pose for photographs with lighted candles during celebrations to welcome the new year in Bhopal, India, Dec. 31, 2017.
Sanjeev Gupta/EPA

Palestinian children enjoyed New Year's festivities in Gaza City on Dec. 30.

PHOTO: Palestinian children celebrate New Year festivities, in Gaza City, Dec. 30, 2017.
Palestinian children celebrate New Year festivities, in Gaza City, Dec. 30, 2017.
APAImages/REX/Shutterstock

A bride and groom participated in a mass wedding held in celebration of the New Year in Jakarta, Indonesia.

PHOTO: A bride and groom react to their marriage documents during a mass wedding held in celebration of the New Year in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dec. 31, 2017.
A bride and groom react to their marriage documents during a mass wedding held in celebration of the New Year in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dec. 31, 2017. Hundreds of couples took part in the mass marriage held by the city government to help the poor who were unable to afford a proper wedding.
Dita Alangkara/AP

Men played bagpipes to crowds as part of the New Year's Eve celebrations in Cape Town, South Africa.

PHOTO: Men play bag-pipes during New Year's eve celebrations at sunset on Scarborough beach in Cape Town, South Africa, Dec. 31, 2017.
Men play bag-pipes during New Year's eve celebrations at sunset on Scarborough beach in Cape Town, South Africa, Dec. 31, 2017. The local tradition sees the pipers playing out the year to crowds on the beach close to Cape Point and the southern tip of the African continent.
Nic Bothma/EPA

Fireworks ushered in the New Year in Pyongyang, North Korea.

PHOTO: A photo from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken Jan. 1, 2018 shows fireworks ushering in the New Year in Pyongyang, North Korea.
A photo from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken Jan. 1, 2018 shows fireworks ushering in the New Year in Pyongyang, North Korea.
KCNA via AFP/Getty Images

In Malaysia, fireworks lit up the sky near Kula Lumpur's Petronas Twin Towers.

PHOTO: Fireworks illuminate the sky near Malaysia's Petronas Twin Towers during New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, Jan. 1, 2018.
Fireworks illuminate the sky near Malaysia's Petronas Twin Towers during New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, Jan. 1, 2018.
Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images

Dubai ushered in the New Year by illuminating the Burj Khalifa.

PHOTO: The Burj Khalifa lit up ready to usher in the New year during New Year's celebrations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 31, 2017.
The Burj Khalifa lit up ready to usher in the New year during New Year's celebrations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 31, 2017.
Mahmoud Khaled/EPA

In Indonesia, people flew lanterns at Borobudur Temple.

PHOTO: People fly lanterns at Borobudur temple during New Year celebrations in Magelang, Indonesia, Jan. 1, 2018.
People fly lanterns at Borobudur temple during New Year celebrations in Magelang, Indonesia, Jan. 1, 2018.
Antara Foto via Reuters

New Year's fireworks exploded over Las Vegas.

PHOTO: New Year's fireworks explode over Las Vegas, Jan. 1, 2018.
New Year's fireworks explode over Las Vegas, Jan. 1, 2018.
Richard Brian /Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP

People watched fireworks exploding over Copacabana beach during New Year's celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

PHOTO: People watch fireworks exploding over Copacabana beach during New Year's celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jan. 1, 2018.
People watch fireworks exploding over Copacabana beach during New Year's celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jan. 1, 2018.
Leo Correa/AP

Fireworks exploded around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight.

PHOTO: Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight, Jan. 1, 2018.
Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight, Jan. 1, 2018.
Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

People reacted during the count down to New Year's Day during the New Year's music event at Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya.

PHOTO: People react during the count down to New Year's day, Jan. 1, 2018, during the New Year's music event at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya.
People react during the count down to New Year's day, Jan. 1, 2018, during the New Year's music event at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya.
Yasuyoshi Chibay/AFP/Getty Images

Confetti dropped over the crowd as the clock struck midnight during the New Year's celebration in Times Square, New York.

PHOTO: Confetti drops over the crowd as the clock strikes midnight during the New Year's celebration in Times Square, New York, Jan. 1, 2018.
Confetti drops over the crowd as the clock strikes midnight during the New Year's celebration in Times Square, New York, Jan. 1, 2018.
Seth Wenig/AP

A huge crowd watched the New Year's Day sunrise on Masangsang Beach in Donghae, east of Seoul, South Korea.

PHOTO: A huge crowd watches the New Year's Day sunrise on Masangsang Beach in Donghae, east of Seoul, South Korea, Jan. 1, 2018.
A huge crowd watches the New Year's Day sunrise on Masangsang Beach in Donghae, east of Seoul, South Korea, Jan. 1, 2018.
Yonhap News via Newscom
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