Hogmanay celebrations have got under way in Scotland’s capital as thousands of people arrived to bring in the new year. Up to 80,000 people are expected to gather on the streets of Edinburgh for the sold-out world-famous event which Paolo Nutini will headline.
There will be performances from The Charlatans, Fatherson and Be Charlotte. Three firework displays – at 9pm, 10pm and 11pm – come before the crescendo of the spectacular midnight moment display from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle. Thousands of partygoers will join hands to sing the world’s largest rendition of Auld Lang Syne at the stroke of midnight, with images being beamed around the globe of Scotland’s big party night.
Pope Francis finds a moment to reflect in front of a nativity scene in St Peter’s Square, Rome.
One of the most impressive displays of the night comes from Hong Kong, where the city’s skyline was illuminated in blue and pink.
Singapore welcomes in 2017 with a fireworks display at Marina Bay.
Revellers in Australia have been enjoying the first hours of New Year’s Day, with some still partying on Sydney’s Bondi beach.
More spectacular scenes from Indonesia, this time in Yogyakarta.
Sadiq Khan has called for resilience ahead of London’s New year fireworks show, saying the capital is “as safe as it possibly can be”. Khan said the mood on the streets was upbeat, adding that it was “really important we don’t allow terrorists to disrupt our celebrations on this New Year’s Eve”.
“We’ve done everything we possibly can do to keep us safe,” he said. “We’ve got more armed police officers on duty tonight than we have on any previous year, we’ve got more visible police officers working tonight than on any previous year … We’ve got to make sure the resilience that London is famous for is demonstrated tonight.”
A huge police presence has been deployed on the streets as spectators from around the world gather to watch fireworks light up the Thames as Big Ben strikes midnight.
This is Alexandra Rogers taking over the new year live blog from Marc Walker to keep you updated on celebrations across the world as they happen.
Crowds gathered to watch fireworks light up the night sky behind Myanmar’s landmark Shwedagon pagoda during the New Year’s Eve celebrations.
In Berlin, revellers are preparing to welcome in 2017 at a show at the Brandenburg Gate.
Indonesia welcomes in the new year with a fireworks display at the Selamat Datang monument in Jakarta.