New Year's celebrations from around the world

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During the midnight fireworks display, a rainbow waterfall off the Sydney Harbour Bridge was planned to celebrate recently passed legislation legalizing gay marriage in Australia.

SkyCity, an event centre and casino, in Aucklnad was the hub of the country's celebrations for the New Year. Then, in 2011, it chose to change its global dateline to align more closely with New Zealand and Australia in a bid to improve trade ties.

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

Countries such as New Zealand, Australia and Japan are among the first ones on the globe to welcome in 2018. The artist collects wishes from people and integrates them in his work that will be displayed during New Year's Eve celebrations in front of Cologne's most famous landmark.

In many cities, revelers take to the streets to celebrate the arrival of the New Year with the community while some prefer quiet time with family and friends.

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In Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city, tens of thousands gathered around Sky Tower as five minutes of nonstop pyrotechnics exploded from the structure's upper decks.

Sydney Harbour was lit up by fireworks.

Fireworks illuminate the sky near Malaysia's Petronas Twin Towers during New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur on January 1, 2018.

This article was updated with more information about New Year's celebrations in North Korea, South Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the UAE.