Revellers across the world are celebrating the New Year with fireworks and brightly lit signs – offering a hopeful start to 2024 for some.
The celebrations come even as the globe’s ongoing conflicts raise security concerns and lead to muted or even cancelled festivities.
New Zealanders were among the first in the world to celebrate the arrival of 2024 with a fireworks display in Auckland. The fireworks illuminated the cloudy night sky and were accompanied by a laser light and animation show.
Sydney, Australia’s biggest city, hailed 2024 with a dazzling fireworks display featuring silver and gold pyrotechnics to mark the 50th anniversary of its famous Opera House.
Fireworks illuminated the night sky and were accompanied by a laser light and animation show during New Year’s celebrations in Tokyo.
From Bangkok to Beijing, Istanbul, London, Mumbai and Paris, millions around the world joined the celebrations.
Here are some pictures as the world bids farewell to 2023 and welcomes the New Year.