Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year 2015: Photos From New Year’s Eve Celebrations Around The World

“Happy New Year” can be heard around the world tonight, with many countries already welcoming 2015 and New Year’s Eve celebrations just getting underway in others. Photos of year-end parties are streaming on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with the hashtag #NYE2015.

The Times Square Ball dropped at 12 midnight EST in New York City, with people from coast to coast in the U.S. watching the big countdown on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.

In other parts of the world, Europe’s celebrations began in Moscow with fireworks over St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin.

It’s already 2015 in New Zealand as well. The Guardian reports that Sydney, Australia welcomed the new year with a brilliant fireworks display launched across the Sydney Harbor. As many as one billion people around the globe are said to have watched the incredible display that included 11,000 shells, 100,000 individual effects, 25,000 shooting comets, and live music.

Instead of celebration, there was sadness in Shanghai, China when a stampede killed 35 people and injured more than 40 shortly before midnight. Reuters reports that the stampede happened in a large crowd in a tourist strip in Chen Yi Square.

The BBC reports that 2015 has also been welcomed with parties and fireworks displays in many cities across Asia and Europe, with firework displays in a host of major cities. The Gulf Arab emirate of Dubai reportedly had a “spectacular display” of lights on the world’s tallest building, trying to beat a world record for the largest LED-illuminated facade.

New Year’s Eve celebrations in London reportedly took place in the London Eye. Party-goers in France gathered near the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees Avenue in Paris to welcome 2015. People in Italy shouted “Happy New Year” on the Piazza Venezia in Rome.

Where did you celebrate New Year’s Eve?

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