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Sky Tower fireworks welcome 2018 with a bang

01 January 2018

In Hong Kong, the fireworks display lit up the sky above the iconic Victoria Harbour to the sound of Auld Lang Syne remix.

New Zealanders first welcomed the new year Sky fireworks in Auckland's Sky Towers, while in Sydney, Australia, millions of tourists were present at the New Year's reception near the Opera House. Francis on Sunday presided at a New Year's Eve prayer service in St. Peter's Basilica, a traditional occasion to say thanks in each year's last hours.

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There are 39 different local times in use, which means it takes 26 hours for the entire world to enter the New Year.

Sydney Harbour was lit up by fireworks.

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SkyCity, an event centre and casino, in Aucklnad was the hub of the country's celebrations for the New Year.

SkyCity spokesman Brad Burnett said the Sky Tower fireworks display is an important focal point for the city's celebrations.

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Many cities around the world have stepped up security for New Year's Eve celebrations, especially looking at the major terror attacks around the world. Police in the central city of Zhengzhou put 3500 officers on duty across the city while residents gathered to watch a light show and cultural performance in a public square. Then, in 2011, it made a decision to change its worldwide dateline to align more closely with New Zealand and Australia in a bid to improve trade ties. The group of dignitaries picked to ring the old Bosingak bell at midnight includes Soohorang and Bandabi - the tiger and bear mascots for the Pyeongchang Winter Games and Paralympics in February and March.

Sky Tower fireworks welcome 2018 with a bang