With the different time zones around the world gradually hitting midnight, cheers and roars were seen around with prayers and hopes for a happy new year.
The celebrations kicked off in Sydney with the traditional fire works over the harbour and followed by the Sky Tower fire works in Auckland, New Zealand.
Then the clocks in different parts of the world slowly got to the midnight mark with millions of people out in the streets to welcome the new year along with their loved ones.
New Year celebrations were toned down in The disputed Chinese city Hong Kong amid the demonstrations, that traditionally has the Victoria Harbor covered in lights and fireworks. Some roads were closed and barriers set up in the Lan Kwai Fong nightlife district to control crowds.
For nearly 10 minutes, fireworks lit the sky over Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, as hundreds of thousands gathered downtown to watch the spectacular display. The New Year’s Eve display at the 828-meter-tall (2,716-foot-tall) skyscraper was just one of seven different fireworks shows across the emirate.
London saw a spectacular firework display from the banks of the River Thames as the needles of the famed Big Ben over lapped pointing towards the sky. The mesmerizing firework display was launched from the London Eye and barges near Parliament.
Amid the transport strikes and social tensions in France, a jubilant crowd walked and biked towards the Champs-Elysees for the new year celebrations, converging at the famous avenue to watch a light show at the Arc de Triomphe, followed by a fireworks display at midnight.
Rio de Janeiro holds one of the biggest New Year parties in the world, with music, drinks and religious rituals on the shores. Many dress in white in a traditional sign of their hope for peace. About 3 million people welcomed 2020 at Brazil’s iconic Copacabana beach as almost 15,420 kilograms of colorful fireworks went off for 14 minutes after midnight..
The traditional ball drop ceremony at the New York Times Square caught the eye once again as over a million attendees were showered on by confetti upon midnight. Kisses and tears were on display as the people embraced new year for new beginnings. Prior to the ball drop, crowds were entertained by huge concerts by rap-pop star Post Malone, Sam Hunt, K-Pop group BTS and Alanis Morissette..
The fun was evident, but some important global issues were driven home as well.
Spotlighting efforts to combat climate change, high school science teachers and students pressed the button that begins the famous 60-second ball drop and countdown to the new year.