New Zealand welcomes 2018 with fireworks

01 January, 2018, 04:03 | Author: Eleanor Thompson
  • Fireworks were set off from Sky Tower in Auckland New Zealand on Monday

Samoa is always the first country to ring in the New Year. An hour later, celebrations kicked off in New Zealand with a glamorous firework display.

The New Year 2018 celebrations have begun across the globe. Then, in 2011, it chose to change its global dateline to align more closely with New Zealand and Australia in a bid to improve trade ties. To welcome the new year in Mumbai, the city's historic buildings are decorated with colorful lights.

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Meanwhile, Australians are welcoming 2018 with a rainbow-themed fireworks in Sydney.

For those living in Israel, the new year is still hours ahead at the time of writing.

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Around 1 million people were expected to gather to watch the festivities.

Many Japanese are celebrating the arrival of the Year of the Dog in the traditional way of praying for peace and good fortune at neighborhood Shinto shrines, and eating New Year's food such as noodles, shrimp and sweet black beans.

People around the world are celebrating and congratulating New Year by sending magazines to each other. The official Xinhua News Agency reported that President Xi Jinping sent a New Year's greeting to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, saying Beijing is ready to boost cooperation with Russia in 2018.

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