Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Revelers around the globe ring in 2018 amid heightened security

Revelers around the globe ring in 2018 amid heightened security

Thousands turned out in the largest city, Auckland, for the annual New Year's Eve street party, marked by a major fireworks display from the Sky Tower.

A threat of thunderstorms had threatened to dampen New Year's Eve celebrations in Brisbane but the city dodged the worst of the severe weather that hit other areas, and revellers on the city's foreshores enjoyed two stunning pyrotechnic displays at 8.30 pm and midnight.

Three hours earlier Australia had rung in the New Year with a magnificent show of rainbow-coloured fireworks cascading from Sydney Harbour Bridge, as partygoers marked the nation's legalisation of gay marriage amid tight security.

The New Year celebrations have begun across the globe.

Sydney was one of the first to welcome in the new year, with celebrations around the world coming within hours.

A time-lapse of the @TimesSquareBall on New Year's Eve you won't see anywhere else. -AP Fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

Many different regions and places around the world have different foods or snacks they will eat on or around New Year's to bring good luck into the upcoming year.

Given our lack of babysitting options I would say we'll probably be staying in and watching the fireworks toasting the new year with a glass Sonia revealed
Sydney New Year's Eve 2018 Live Stream: Watch Australia's Massive Fireworks Display

Check out clips of the fireworks display below.

A fireworks display and illumination show over the world's fifth tallest building, the Lotte World Tower, to celebrate the 2018 New Year in Seoul, South Korea. There are several penalties for shooting fireworks in Benton on New Year's Eve.

Law enforcement agencies had added additional security measures, including extra checkpoints, police dogs, street closures and undercover officers. These free fireworks show can be viewed from the outlook point at Garden of the Gods, Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City in Colorado Springs.

Two years ago, New Year's in Cologne was marred by groping and theft committed against hundreds of women, in most cases by migrants. Still, many in this East African country prefer to celebrate at crowded beaches on the shores of Lake Victoria or in darkened halls listening to the music of pop stars who take turns offering crowd pleasers until midnight.

Following the fireworks, the CBRM announced that a number of the cancelled performances will take place on New Year's Day instead.

The big finale features a 12-minute firework spectacular, and Hugh Jackman will make his mark with his 20-second co-designed fireworks appearing eight minutes into the midnight countdown - fulfilling a childhood dream of "The Greatest Showman" actor. They may host New Year's parties or just watch television, hang out with family and appreciate the things the previous year has given them.

Another tradition going hand-in-hand with the ball dropping is the New Year's kiss.

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