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New Year Eve celebrations

One of the first countries to celebrate New Year, New Zealand on Sunday officially welcomed 2018 with a huge celebration.

Following a large laser countdown, almost 3,000 shots were fired off Auckland's iconic Sky Tower in a near-six minute show.

New year celebrations have started around the world.

SkyCity spokesman Brad Burnett said the Sky Tower fireworks display is an important focal point for the city's celebrations. The traditional New Year's Eve party at Times Square, New York City, is expected to be one of the coldest in recent years.

The 2018 fireworks display was the work of six pyrotechnicians, who spent 350 hours on site setting up the show.

People gathered at shrines to pray for peace as Japan prepares for the Year of the Dog.

Bells will be rung and prayers offered at temples in Beijing, but the Gregorian calendar's New Year's celebrations are typically muted in China compared to the Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival.

Many Filipinos believe that noisy New Year's celebrations drive away evil and misfortune.

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