New Year’s Eve is well and truly upon us with a long night of drinking underway.
Parties of epic proportions are going on all over the country as Brits celebrate the end of what’s been a hugely eventful 2016.
From Sydney to Dubai, cities all over the world have started letting off their fireworks with London’s expected to pay tribute to David Bowie and the several celebrities lost this year.
And we’ve already seen celebrations in Russia, Dubai, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
We’ve already seen celebrations in France, Egypt, Russia, Dubai, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
And despite the alert for potential terror threats among gathering crowds, Brits and fellow Europeans are gearing up for a monumental party.
With huge displays planned in London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham and many more cities around the UK, it should be a night to remember.
New Year’s Eve celebration in Dubai
Dubai welcomed in 2017 with a typically lavish fireworks display just a year after a major blaze engulfed an apartment block.
The city is known for its wealth and luxury so it’s no surprise that its illuminations will be a spectacular show.
Crowds erupted in cheering and applause as the countdown to 2017 came to a crescendo at 3pm GMT in Tokyo, Japan earlier.
The city became the latest to meet 2017 in a day of spectacularly colourful celebrations across the globe.
Fireworks over the city were preceded by religious rites at the Meiji Shrine where priests prayed for good luck in 2017.
The New Year burst into colour as incredible fireworks leapt over Sydney Opera House at 1pm GMT.
Sydney’s fireworks display – attended by around 1.5 million people – drew amazement from excited crowds earlier in the evening.
And Aussies visiting Scotland for Hogmanay celebrated alongside their countrymen, chanting ”Ozzie, ozzie, ozzie, oi, oi, oi” from Edinburgh’s famous Oz Bar at 1pm GMT.
Viewers climbed into around 2000 boats to get the best view of the fireworks from the water.
Shortly after, New Zealand sparked off the start of 2017 with its fabulous fireworks display at Sky Tower – a show that was the culmination of six months’ planning.
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Not all went smoothly though, as a firefighters rushed to put fire throwing plumes of smoke into the air at Four Seasons hotel in Circular Quay, Sydney.
But fire troubles were quickly put to rest as fire services brought the situation under control.
Other musical greats who have died this year are being honoured, as fireworks shaped like Saturn, stars and the moon honoured David Bowie.
Celebrations of the lives of global music superstars who passed away this year are expected at tonight’s fireworks display at the London Eye on the banks of the Thames, where more than 110,000 spectators are expected to gather in the run-up to midnight.
Ice skating was available at Somerset House for £7.50 in Central London for those looking for something a bit different for New Year’s celebrations.
Midnight fireworks can be seen blasting off from Baltic Square in Newcastle Gateshead, and further delights in Performance Square outside Sage Gateshead.
Spectators should be careful to check local road closures as many town centres will be blocking cars from accessing areas of town between 11.30 and 00.30 to keep crowds safe.
Pacific Islands Kiribati and Samoa were among the first in the world to welcome the start of 2017.
The last people in the world to greet 2017 will be in American Samoa at 11am GMT on January 1.
Source : Daily Star