WORLD -UNS – The New Year celebrations have already kicked off in different parts of the world as countries including New Zealand and Australia welcomed 2020 with alluring fireworks and lively celebrations.
Thousands gathered around Auckland’s Sky Tower, where for the first time lasers and animations accompanied the fireworks display to take New Zealand into the new year and a new decade.
According to New Zealand Herald, New Year celebrations were in full swing down at Federal St in Auckland’s CBD, as the fireworks explode from the Sky Tower. New Zealand has entered 2020 and a new decade with fireworks and huge celebrations in Auckland and Wellington.
Others gathered at Silo Park, Bastion Pt and Mt Eden while on the North Shore, Bayswater Marina, Devonport’s Mt Victoria and Queens Parade also offer good vantage points, along with Harbour View Beach Reserve on the Te Atatū Peninsula.
Thousands were in the central city to party at Federal St or dance through to the new year at one of three Britomart Block Party clubs from closer to the waterfront.
Auckland’s Harbour Bridge put on a dazzling light show syncing with Sky Tower’s midnight fireworks.
Australia‘s largest city usually put on a dazzling display of pyrotechnics over the glittering harbour but this year‘s celebrations have been overshadowed by calls to cancel the fireworks as devastating bushfires rage across the country.
Millions of people began ringing in 2020 with fireworks, dancing and party in Sydney.
Large crowds thronged Sydney harbor to watch Australia‘s famous New Year‘s Eve fireworks, even as smoke turned the evening sky in nearby coastal towns blood-red.
The first of two Sydney firework displays kicked off at 9.15pm local time with a few hours still to go until the midnight display in the city.
The planned spectacle went ahead despite calls from some members of the public for the fireworks to be cancelled in solidarity with fire-hit areas in New South Wales (NSW).