SYDNEY: Australia's largest city, Sydney, is making its biggest ever appearance in the New Year, kicking off a wave of celebrations for the New Year.
A record amount of pyrotechnics as well as new fireworks effects and colors lit the city's skyline for 12 minutes and more than 1.5 million spectators who packed the harbor front and parks.
An early thunderstorm did not dampen the spirits of reveals who camped out at vantage points, some since the early hours of the morning.
To mark the international year of indigenous languages in 2019, the harbor also hosted a ceremony celebrating
Earlier, Australia's neighbor New Zealand produced a picture of Auckland's skyline.
AROUND THE WORLD
The party atmosphere will sweep across major cities in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas as the clock ticks past midnight. [19659002
Hong Kong: Glittering fireworks wants to fly skyward from five barges to Victoria Harbor in a 10-
Jakarta: Hundreds of couples in a free mass wedding, as those in the tsunami hit Banten province, have been told to
Tokyo: Japanese fox to temples to ring in New Year, while US boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants to take on local kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in a bout staged outside Tokyo.
Moscow: Concerts and
Paris: A "fireworks display and sound and light show under the theme" fraternity "is set to go ahead on the Champs-Elysees despite plans for further" yellow vest "anti-government protests at the famed avenue.
Berlin: Music lovers wants to party at a Brandenburg Gate, but a popular German tradition of setting off fireworks to mark the occasion has been banned in some other cities over safety concerns.
London: Britain's capital wants to be in the New Year by celebrating its relationship with Europe amid turmoil over the Brexit referendum vote to leave the EU, with the fireworks display at the London Eye to feature music from the continent's artists.
Edinburgh: The Scottish capital's traditional Hogmanay celebrations wants to take on a pro-European theme ahead of the year in which Britain is due to exit the union.
LOOKING AHEAD TO 2019
The political wonder in Westminster over Brexit was one Mar 29 departure.
US President Donald Trump dominated headlines in 2018 as he ramped up his trade with China, quit the Iran nuclear deal, Kim Jong Un in Singapore for a historic summit.
North Korea's commitment to denuclearisation will remain a major political and security issue next year, as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's reassertion of control trumps shock military withdrawal announcement.
The was in Yemen, which started in 2014 and has already killed about 10,000 people and left some 20 million at risk of starvation, could take a decisive turn after a ceasefire went into effect in mid-December.
Numerous countries go to the polls in 2019, with key elections in India, Afghanistan, Indonesia, South Africa, Argentina and Australia.
Major sporting events on the calendar include the Rugby World Cup in Japan, the cricket one-day international World Cup in England and the athletics World Championships in Qatar.