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New Year's Eve around the world: ushering in 2015 (VIDEOS)

DH Vancouver Staff Jan 01, 2015 8:31 pm

Millions of people around the world bid adieu to 2014 and rung in 2015 with brilliant fireworks displays and extravagant public celebrations.

An estimated 1.6-million people gathered in and around Sydney Harbour for the world’s first and largest New Year’s Eve party. Over at Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, approximately 70,000 LED panels were wrapped around the world’s tallest building – the 830-metre tall Burj Khalifa – as an additional element to the annual spectacular fireworks display.

Fireworks also dazzled Taipei 101 in Taipei, Victoria Bay in Hong Kong, Marina Bay in Singapore, Red Square in Moscow and the Bradenburg Gate in Berlin.

About 100,000 people converged into a viewing area in Central London along the River Thames for the British capital’s fireworks display at the London Eye. This was the first year the London event became a ticketed event (£10) after concerns of overcrowding last year when 500,000 people packed the area.

An estimated one million people converged on the sands of Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabanca Beach for live music performances and 24 tons of fireworks launched from eleven barges in the Atlantic Ocean.

However, in Shanghai, celebrations took a turn for the worst about half an hour before midnight when 36 people were trampled to death at the fireworks viewing area. Another 47 people were also injured in the incident.

Here’s a look at how the world celebrated New Year’s Eve 2015:

Auckland, New Zealand

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Sydney, Australia

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Melbourne, Australia

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Taipei, Taiwan

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Pyongyang, North Korea

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Hong Kong, China

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Manila, Philippines

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Moscow, Russia

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Dubai, U.A.E.

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Istanbul, Turkey

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Berlin, Germany

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Zurich, Switzerland

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Copenhagen, Denmark

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London, United Kingdom

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Paris, France

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Kopavogur, Iceland

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New York City, U.S.A.

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Miami, U.S.A.

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San Francisco, U.S.A.

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Las Vegas, U.S.A.

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Seattle, U.S.A.

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Even most of Canada’s major cities got into the action…

Montreal, Quebec

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Toronto, Ontario

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Niagara Falls (Canadian side)

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Calgary, Alberta

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Edmonton, Alberta

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Even at Whistler, B.C.

Meanwhile in Vancouver… it’s embarrassing.

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We can do better for 2016, Vancouver.


Feature Image: 陳志通

DH Vancouver Staff
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