31 December 2014
Last updated at 16:55
Fireworks light up the skies around the world as millions welcome 2015
Revellers across the globe are gathering to welcome in the new year, with New Zealand and Australia leading the celebrations.
A giant clock in Auckland’s Sky Tower counted down the minutes until midnight (11:00 GMT), when fireworks erupted.
Up to 1.5m people lined the shores of Sydney harbour in preparation for the city’s famous firework display.
Celebration plans have been muted in Indonesia, however, in the wake of the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crash.
In Brazil, more than one million people will join the crowds on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach, while New Yorkers will watch the city lower its trademark crystal ball over Times Square.
Some of the easternmost corners of earth, including Samoa, Kiribati and the Chatham Islands of New Zealand, were the first places to herald the new year.
Sydney’s Harbour Bridge was the centrepiece of the city’s new year fireworks
Auckland was the first major city to welcome in 2015 with a huge firework display and music blasting from its iconic Sky Tower
Sydney residents pitched up early on Wednesday to try to get the best view of the huge light display
Shinto priests conduct an end of year ritual ahead of the new year at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. Over the coming days, more than three million people are expected to visit the shrine to pray for health and prosperity in 2015
People hung wooden plaques with wishes or prayers for 2015 at the shrine
Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour was lit up by fireworks as the clock hit midnight
Students at China’s Shenyang Agriculture University found their own way of marking the start of 2015
It was a similar picture from students in Ahmadabad, India
A woman prays during new year celebrations at Jogye Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea
A reveller in Sao Paulo, Brazil, painted his face for the Sao Silvestre 15km (9 miles) run, which has become an end of the year staple in the city
2015 is the “Year of the Sheep” in China, as illustrated by this student in eastern Shandong province
Grandfather Frost – the Russian equivalent of Father Christmas – and his granddaughter joined Kyrgyzstan’s new year parade in Bishkek
A wishing wall is on display in the Philippines capital, Manila. Around 50,000 posted wishes will be used as confetti alongside fireworks to herald in the new year
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