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16 Stunning Shots Of New Years Fireworks Around The World

OMG January 4, 2017 By Vincent

We are now firmly in the New Year around the world and the globe celebrated in spectacular fashion, often with amazing fireworks and cheering crowds happy to see in the New Year. Of course, it came at different times depending on where you were on the globe but that didn't stop anyone celebrating when it reached them.

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Here we show off some of the best shots of the celebrations.


1. Sydney, Australia

Sydney is famous for its New Year celebrations as it launches fireworks off of its iconic harbor bridge and this year was no different to its usual, glorious spectacle. What they did do differently, however, is a pay a tribute to the late musician Prince by having a purple rain effect fall from the bridge into the water below in an homage to his classic song 'Purple Rain'.

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Many people around the world were devastated and shocked by the loss of the musician earlier in 2016 and it was a touching tribute.


2. Dubai, UAE

Overlooking the bay, the fireworks in Dubai exploded over the iconic Burj Al Arab Hotel that is made to look like a sail of the luxurious yachts that often spend time moored in the marina below it. A glorious spread of color, the city and surrounding areas were aglow in the blaze of the varied colors and alive with the bangs.

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Reflecting in the water, the fireworks are a wonderful sight from the top of the hotel.


3. London, England

The fireworks in England's capital are usually something special and are launched from platforms moored in the middle of the Thames as well as from iconic structures and buildings like the London Eye and the Elizabeth Tower (better known as Big Ben). Revelers will often pack the South Bank of London to watch the display and performances from musical artists.

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Here they shoot from the top of the tower at the palace of Westminster, where MPs usually sit in parliament.


4. New York City, USA

The legendary times square ball drop as New York counts down its New Year is something of a pop-culture phenomenon and photographs of fireworks and ticker tape exploding into the night's sky over New York show that the event is as big and as brash as ever and for many, this is the ultimate New Years party.

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Famously hosting a televised street party, this year the city saw an infamous non-performance by Mariah Carey.


5. Paris, France

The city of love and the capital of France illuminated its Eiffel tower and launched fireworks all around it and along the banks of the river Seine for onlookers to enjoy and marvel at as the dark sky became bright with activity and loud with noise. The explosions across the city signaled a moment of joy for the French people.

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The French enjoy a good party and these festivities went down well.


6. Niagra Falls, Canada

The impressive falls on the American-Canadian border are a popular tourist destination from either side and are as equally magnificent each way but here we can see the fireworks over the Canadian side of the border as New Yer celebrations take place in both countries. The falls themselves are illuminated so that both the sky and water are awash with color.

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A spectacle without embellishment, the fireworks only add to it.


7. Singapore

The small city state at the bottom of Malaysia is known for its luxury and extravagance and it went all out for its New Year display as buildings and parkland were lit up, lasers were fired from the structures and then fireworks exploded overhead. With their modern design and unique buildings all being lit up, it may have been hard for some to look upwards.

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Still, for the revelers at the top of the Marina Bay Sands hotel, it must have been an awesome sight.


8. Rio De Janiero, Brazil

Rio De Janiero is known for its carnival atmosphere and love of a party and it is often filled with color, noise, and music so New Year's celebrations would have been a welcome inclusion into all of this as people flocked towards the golden sands of the beaches to watch the fireworks erupt over the city.

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On the water, boats also launched fireworks as well so that it was a constant barrage of flames and bangs.


9. Auckland, New Zealand

Although not the capital of New Zealand (that claim goes to the beautiful Wellington) Auckland is its most densely populated city and people throng the streets to see the fireworks that come from the top of the Sky Tower, the tallest building in the city. The viewing platform at the top of the tower is usually open for people to peer out into the city.

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The best place to see the fireworks, however, would have been outside the tower, staring up.


10. Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei 101 is an iconic skyscraper in the capital of Taiwan that is shaped like a traditional pagoda despite being a hi-tech building and example of modernity. A symbol of Taiwan, here fireworks shoot out from its many levels high above the city with the building changing color to match the pyrotechnic display.

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Essentially, the whole thing becomes one giant firework in an impressive feat.


11. Athens, Greece

Whilst most other cities saw fireworks exploding from modern skyscrapers, Athens had theirs over the legendary 5th B.C temple of the Parthenon in the citadel of the Acropolis which saw the bringing in of a New Year mixed with the ancient architecture of over two millennia ago.

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The temple itself was lit from a warm glow within. 


12. Bangkok, Thailand

The capital and most populous city of Thailand, here the Bangkok Royal Palace looks more like a Disney land palace as the lights exploding behind it reflect and shimmer in the water below. With the ancient building also being lit up for display, it certainly seems like a magical sight to behold.

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A popular destination for many tourists, they and locals were in for a real treat.


13. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Petronas twin towers in Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and remain the tallest twin towers in the world making them a jaw-dropping sight on their own but being backlit by fireworks only adds to their auspicious glory and being lit up from within makes the whole scene quite magnificent.

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The dark city makes the perfect setting for this sort of display.


14. Hong Kong

Hong Kong is an autonomous territory of China and given that the Chinese invented fireworks, it is, perhaps, no surprise that they went all out with their New Year's celebrations (although Chinese New Year is at a different time of year) and the city skyline is barely visible in the immense show of bright lights.

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The waterfront reflects the mosaic of blooming explosions in a fabulous fashion.


15. Tokyo, Japan

The Japanese capital saw in the New Year with fireworks all over the city from the top of their Tokyo tower (a recreation of the French Eiffel Tower but with go-faster stripes) which itself was lit up to shine a light on the celebrations happening throughout the city of 38 million people.

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A city of great technological advancement and modernity, ancient practice such as fireworks still have their place.


16. Berlin, Germany

The capital of Germany did not have the merriest of Christmases given that there was a terror attack at one of its well known and popular Christmas markets but as the New Year rolled around the German people showed their resilience and that their joy would not be cowed with stunning firework displays throughout the city.

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Here, the Fernsehturm tower remains a shining beacon of hope as the country welcomed in the New Year.


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