I should imagine if you are a major urban centre in Australia, it must be annoying how Sydney grabs the global spotlight during New Year’s Eve celebrations. But it does have a spectacular backdrop for it …
That doesn’t mean that people aren’t out in force elsewhere in Australia to celebrate the new year. Here is a view of the scenes this evening in Melbourne.
The national monument in Indonesia has been carrying a new year message for 2024.
And it looks like the centre of town in Jakarta has been busy with celebrations too.
By contrast this image shows some deserted streets in Tokyo in Japan. Like elsewhere, a lot of people take the opportunity at new year to visit their home town.
Earlier in Tokyo these Shinto priests at the Meiji Shrine were preparing for new year celebrations, with as many as 3 million people expected to visit in the next few days.
Hello. Welcome to our live coverage of New Year’s Eve celebrations from around the world as 2024 begins. Well, begins for some of us. I am in London, but Kiritimati has already been enjoying the new year for eight hours, and Sydney has been lit up with the two traditional epic fireworks display – one at midnight, and a family friendly one at 9pm so you can get younger kids tucked up in bed early.
Over the next few hours we will bring you some of the best photographs from around the world, messages of goodwill from world leaders, and hopefully a little bit of fun too.
News may also happen – I did not have Queen Margrethe II of Denmark announces surprise abdication live on TV on my list of things to bring you this evening, but here we all are.
Do let me know what you are up to on New Year’s Eve, especially if it is something unusual or you have made a ridiculous new year resolution – you can email me at email@example.com – and I always want to see pictures of your animal companions celebrating with you.
And of course, our picture editors have already selected some of the best fireworks images from Australia.