What New Year's Eve looked like around the world
Sparkling, colorful streams of fire burst Monday night over the Acropolis of Athens, smartphone-wielding crowds in Hong Kong, a parade of foxes in Japan and pop stars performing for throngs of revelers in New York City. Whether they used torches, candles or fireworks, citizens of every country welcomed 2019 with light.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 31: Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House during the midnight show during New Year's Eve celebrations on December 31, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)Photo by: Brett Hemmings/Getty Images ATHENS, GREECE - JANUARY 01: Fireworks explode above the ancient Parthenon temple atop the Acropolis hill during New Year celebrations on January 1, 2019 in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)Photo by: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images HONG KONG, HONG KONG - JAN 1: People gather as fireworks light up the city's skyline marking the New Year celebrations in Hong Kong on January 01, 2019 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. (Photo by Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images)Photo by: Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images HONG KONG, HONG KONG - JAN 1: People gather as fireworks light up the city's skyline marking the New Year celebrations in Hong Kong on January 01, 2019 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. (Photo by Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images)Photo by: Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images TOKYO, JAPAN - January 01: Young participants wearing painted fox masks take part in the Oji Fox Parade to mark the New Year on January 01, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. The Oji Fox Parade was established in 1993 as a modern-day, living recreation of an artwork that depicts the legend that tells a story of how foxes from all over the Kanto region would gather beneath a large tree on New Year's Eve in the area where Tokyo now stands and would don costumes and parade to Oji Inari Shrine to mark the arrival of the new year. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)Photo by: Carl Court/Getty Images YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA - JANUARY 01: Fireworks illuminate the city's skyline during New Year's celebrations of 2019 on January 1, 2019 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)Photo by: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 01: Fireworks explode over the Brandenburg Gate on January 1, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. Every year, hundreds of thousands of spectators gather for New Year's Eve festivities at the landmark Prussian monument. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)Photo by: Adam Berry/Getty Images LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Fireworks explode over The London Eye and Elizabeth Tower near Parliament as thousands of revelers gather along the banks of the River Thames to ring in the New Year on January 1, 2019 in London, England. Parliament confirmed that after being silenced for renovation work since 2017, Big Ben's famous bongs would ring out at midnight again to welcome in 2019. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)Photo by: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: Jenny McCarthy, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood, Jonathan Knight and Jordan Knight on stage during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2019 on December 31, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve)Photo by: Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Dick Clark's Ne EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 30: Members of the public take part during the torchlight procession as it makes its way down the Royal Mile for the start of the Hogmanay celebrations on December 30, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is expected to bring in excess of 150,000 visitors from all over the world to the city for the traditional New Year celebrations, which run over three days. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)Photo by: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JANUARY 01: Buddhists light candles during New Year celebrations at Jogyesa Buddhist temple on January 1, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)Photo by: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images