People across the globe welcomed the new year 2019 and bade farewell to 2018 with festivities. In India too, people are in a great festive mood. Delhiites ushered in the New Year with songs and dances at various places. Sydney and Hong Kong put on stunning fireworks displays in a spectacular welcome to the New Year, among the first in a wave of celebrations for billions around the world.
In Moscow, concerts and light shows were held and more than 1,000 ice rinks were opened for people. In Paris, a fireworks display and sound and light show were organised on the Champs-Elysees. Britain's capital London ushered in the New Year with the fireworks display at the London Eye and music from the continent's artists. Scottish capital Edinburgh celebrated its traditional Hogmanay celebrations.
Revellers in Dubai flocked to see fireworks at the world's tallest tower, Burj Khalifa. In the Indonesian capital Jakarta, more than 500 couples tied the knot in a free mass wedding organised by the government, with fireworks shows cancelled out of respect for tsunami victims.
In Japan, locals flocked to temples to ring in 2019. The party atmosphere swept across major cities in Asia, Europe and Africa as the clock ticks past midnight. A strong police presence has become a key element of the festivities, to protect crowds that could be targeted in terror and vehicle attacks. (AIR)