Countries from across the world welcomed the year 2018 amid spectacular fireworks. An hour later, celebrations kicked off in New Zealand with a glamorous firework display. In the meantime, Japan's Buddhist temples will have celebrated the new year striking their gong 108 times at midnight, in an effort to expel 108 types of human weakness and prepare for new beginnings. Not everyone starts their New Year when you do.
Over 24 hours, cities across the world will gradually sign off 2017 and welcome the New Year, starting in the Pacific, heading across Asia, then Europe and finally the Americas.
Risky wind chills expected New Year's Eve
That part of the state will see Sunday's high cut almost in half as cold air continues to spread. Arctic chill will make for a very cold start to 2018 when the clock strikes midnight Sunday.
Police said they did not know the cause of the crash, nor the identities of the five passengers, but were speaking with several witnesses who were in boats on one of the waterways' busiest days of the year.
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. The New Year obviously arrives at different times for different countries across the globe.
Liberians hail Weah's presidential victory
This is Liberia's first peaceful transfer of power from one democratically elected head of state to another in more than 70 years. She led the country from back-to-back civil wars and saw it through a deadly Ebola outbreak that killed almost 5,000 Liberians.
In Hong Kong, the fireworks display lit up the sky above the iconic Victoria Harbour to the sound of Auld Lang Syne remix.
On the other hand, pyrotechnics also marked the arrival of 2018 in New Zealand where people were seen partying hard to celebrate the new year.
Oppong Weah Deserves To Be President Of Liberia - FA Cup Vice Chairman
According to the National Elections Commission (NEC) Weah, 51, had garnered 61% of valid votes cast from 98.1% of votes tallied. He also commended outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her work in transforming Liberia during her 12 years in office.
Those willing to fearless the cold in Beijing will join a countdown at the tower at Yongdingmen Gate, a rebuilt version of the Ming dynasty-era landmark gate at the southern end of the city's north-south axis. The official Xinhua News Agency reported that President Xi Jinping sent a New Year's greeting to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, saying Beijing is ready to boost cooperation with Russia in 2018.