New Year celebrations start across globe

Fireworks were set off from Sky Tower in Auckland New Zealand on Monday

Dave Rowland Getty Images Fireworks were set off from Sky Tower in Auckland New Zealand on Monday

Countries such as New Zealand, Australia and Japan are among the first ones on the globe to welcome in 2018.

Fireworks light up Marina Bay near the Merlion ahead of the New Year in Singapore December 31, 2017.

Thousands were seen cheering and wishing each other as the sky above the Auckland's Sky Tower was all lit with unbelievable firework display.

In the Philippines, hours before midnight, authorities had already reported that at least 86 people had been injured by celebratory firecrackers which have some of the most raucous New Year's celebrations in Asia. The first to welcome the new year are people in the Pacific islands of Samoa, Tonga and Kiritimati, an atoll in the ocean also known as Christmas Island, part of the republic of Kiribati.

Revelers arrived early for New Year's festivities in Melbourne.

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Fireworks lit up the sky in Auckland.

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

Meanwhile, Australians are welcoming 2018 with a rainbow-themed fireworks in Sydney. 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.

Sydney Harbour was lit up by fireworks.

After spending an exhausting year that saw a presidency toppled by a corruption scandal and nuclear-armed North Korea firing missile after missile, South Koreans enter 2018 in need of a happy distraction. Not everyone starts their New Year when you do. 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.

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