World greets New Year with stunning fireworks
Sydney, December 31, 2011
A 12-minute pyrotechnic display of colour and light over Sydney Harbour ushered in the New Year at midnight, kicking off a string of celebrations for billions across the world.
More than 1.5 million people amassed over the biggest Australian city to witness shapes of clouds and hearts in the skies.
'Every year we make sure our celebrations are bigger and better than the one before,' Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore was quoted as saying by agencies.
The festivities to welcome the new year will run from Hong Kong’s bustling harbour and Berlin's Brandenburg Gate to London’s River Thames and New York’s Times Square.
Tags: New Year |
More INTERNATIONAL NEWS Stories
- Crimea parliament votes to join Russia
- Arab League to be revamped
- 'Upskirting' is legal: Massachusetts court
- Singapore probes 'unnatural' death of bitcoin trader
- Onus on world powers for Syria war crimes: UN
- US, Russia set for talks on Ukraine crisis
- Brent oil drops below $109
- Services outshine manufacturing, pushing up jobs
- Bitcoin bank shut down after hacker attack
- India to kick off world's biggest poll on April 7
- China signals focus on reforms
- Hundreds ready for bitcoin exchange class action
- Space taxi, Jupiter mission in Obama budget
- Putin: Use of force last resort in Ukraine
- Powers to boost Lebanese military, economy
- Egypt bans Hamas activities in Egypt
- Putin ends army exercise, markets rally
- Russia has violated international law: Obama
- Russian markets hit as Putin tightens grip on Crimea
- Iran nuclear deal 'being implemented as planned'
- Global factory growth stumbles as demand falters
- Obama warns of 'fallout' for Israel if peace effort fails
- Ukraine mobilises after Putin's 'declaration of war'
- Oil jumps $2 over Ukraine tension
- US threatens to isolate Russia for Ukraine aggression
- Ukraine mobilises for war, calls up reserves
- Berkshire net profit surges 31pc
- China blames militants for deadly station attack
- Beginning of war? Putin ready to invade Ukraine
- Ukraine on high alert as Russian troops move in