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New Year’s Eve live: celebrations around the world as 2024 begins

New Year’s Eve live: celebrations around the world as 2024 begins


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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 …

Fireworks are seen over the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/EPA

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.

People crowd the St Kilda Road during New Year's Eve celebrations in Melbourne, Australia.
People crowd the St Kilda Road during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Melbourne, Australia. Photograph: Diego Fedele/EPA

The national monument in Indonesia has been carrying a new year message for 2024.

The National Monument of Indonesia in Jakarta.
The National Monument of Indonesia in Jakarta. Photograph: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images

And it looks like the centre of town in Jakarta has been busy with celebrations too.

Residents gather for New Year's eve celebration at a main roundabout in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Residents gather for New Year’s eve celebration at a main roundabout in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photograph: Adi Weda/EPA

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.

A woman (centre R) crosses a quiet street in the usually busy streets of Ginza just hours before the start of 2024.
A woman (centre R) crosses a quiet street in the usually busy streets of Ginza just hours before the start of 2024. Photograph: Richard A Brooks/AFP/Getty Images

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.

Shinto priests walk past paper lanterns at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.
Shinto priests walk past paper lanterns at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Welcome …

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.

Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House during New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House during New Year’s Eve celebrations. Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images

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 martin.belam@theguardian.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.



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