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Hello 2023! Partygoers begin welcoming New Year as celebrations begin in New Zealand and Australia


The end of 2022 is underway as revellers on the other side of the world begin ringing in the New Year, as dazzling fireworks light up night sky in Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia.  

Thailand is among the latest countries to enter 2023 with its first set of fireworks light up the sky in city centre of Bangkok.

Cho Gue-sung, a footballer from the country’s World Cup Qatar team, was among 10 honorary citizens to headline the event at the Bosingak Pavilion in central Seoul, which was spread over a much larger area this year to avoid overcrowding.

Elsewhere in the city, buddhist followers at temples attached name cards with wishes to specially erected fences, as is tradition, before lighting candles and saying prayers in front of walls made of lotus lanterns. 

Fireworks explode over Wat Arun of the temple of dawn during the New Year celebrations, in Bangkok, Thailand

Fireworks explode over Wat Arun of the temple of dawn during the New Year celebrations, in Bangkok, Thailand

Fireworks explode over buildings during New Year's celebrations in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

Fireworks explode over buildings during New Year’s celebrations in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

It came after New Zealand was among the first countries to enter 2023 with a stunning light show and fireworks display over the Auckland Harbour Bridge and Sky Tower respectively. 

The country, led by Jacinda Ardern, was forced to cancel much of its celebrations last year due to its tough Covid-19 restrictions. It welcomed the new year with a five-minute fireworks display starting at the stroke of midnight. 

Its westerly neighbour Australia entered 2023 two hours later with a dazzling firework display on the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. It followed an earlier fireworks display that was ‘inspired by the land, sea and sky’.

Fireworks light up the sky over Jones Bridge in Manila to celebrate during New Year celebrations on January 1, 2023

Fireworks light up the sky over Jones Bridge in Manila to celebrate during New Year celebrations on January 1, 2023

South Korea celebrated the new year at 3pm GMT time with its first in-person bell-tolling ceremony in three years due to the Covid pandemic

South Korea celebrated the new year at 3pm GMT time with its first in-person bell-tolling ceremony in three years due to the Covid pandemic

Buddhist followers attach name cards with wishes during celebrations for the New Year at Jogye temple in central Seoul on December 31, 2022

Buddhist followers attach name cards with wishes during celebrations for the New Year at Jogye temple in central Seoul on December 31, 2022

Fireworks light up the sky over Rizal Park in Manila to celebrate during New Year celebrations on January 1, 2023

Fireworks light up the sky over Rizal Park in Manila to celebrate during New Year celebrations on January 1, 2023

A woman lights candles at Jogye temple during the New Year Eve on December 31, 2022 in Seoul, South Korea

A woman lights candles at Jogye temple during the New Year Eve on December 31, 2022 in Seoul, South Korea

A Buddhist follower prays in front of lotus lanterns during celebrations for the New Year at Jogye temple in central Seoul on December 31, 2022

A Buddhist follower prays in front of lotus lanterns during celebrations for the New Year at Jogye temple in central Seoul on December 31, 2022

People pray as they celebrate New Year's eve in Seoul, South Korea, January 1, 2023

People pray as they celebrate New Year’s eve in Seoul, South Korea, January 1, 2023

People light up their phones before midnight as they celebrate New Year's eve in Seoul, South Korea, December 31, 2022

People light up their phones before midnight as they celebrate New Year’s eve in Seoul, South Korea, December 31, 2022

Buddhist faithful take pictures as they celebrate New Year's eve at a temple in Seoul, South Korea, January 1, 2023

Buddhist faithful take pictures as they celebrate New Year’s eve at a temple in Seoul, South Korea, January 1, 2023

More than a million spectators were expected to gather along the waterfront in Sydney to bring in the new year, when more than 7,000 fireworks were launched from the Harbour Bridge. Around 2,000 were also set off from the iconic Opera House nearby. 

There were reports of chaos as crowds pushed through a gate at The Rocks for NYE celebrations in Sydney. NSW Police and security were said to be almost powerless to do anything but let them through over fears people could be crushed.

China and Japan will be among the next group of countries to leave 2022 behind over the next couple of hours. 

The former has decided to go ahead with celebrations despite a fresh wave of coronavirus cases that has seen travel restrictions placed on its citizens overseas, including in the UK and US.   

There will be events along the Great Wall in Beijing while people will also be permitted to gather along the Bund waterfront in Shanghai. The Disneyland in Shanghai will also be putting on a fireworks display.   

Japan, however, has cancelled its popular New Year’s countdown on the world-famous street crossing of Shibuya, in Tokyo, for the third year in row. 

A firework display explodes off Taiwan's tallest skyscraper Taipei101 to usher in the New Year in Taipei, Taiwan

A firework display explodes off Taiwan’s tallest skyscraper Taipei101 to usher in the New Year in Taipei, Taiwan

People celebrate as fireworks light up the skyline from the Taipei 101 building during New Year's celebrations on January 01, 2023 in Taipei, Taiwan

People celebrate as fireworks light up the skyline from the Taipei 101 building during New Year’s celebrations on January 01, 2023 in Taipei, Taiwan

People celebrate as fireworks light up the skyline from the Taipei 101 building during New Year's celebrations on January 01, 2023

People celebrate as fireworks light up the skyline from the Taipei 101 building during New Year’s celebrations on January 01, 2023

Fireworks explode over Sky Tower in central Auckland as New Year celebrations begin in New Zealand, Sunday, January 1, 2023

Fireworks explode over Sky Tower in central Auckland as New Year celebrations begin in New Zealand, Sunday, January 1, 2023

People try to cross the street shortly before midnight for New Years Day celebrations in the Shibuya area of Tokyo late on December 31, 2022

People try to cross the street shortly before midnight for New Years Day celebrations in the Shibuya area of Tokyo late on December 31, 2022

Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour to celebrate the New Year in Hong Kong, China January 1, 2023

Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour to celebrate the New Year in Hong Kong, China January 1, 2023

This aerial photo show pedestrians visiting a business area ahead of the new year in Nanning, in China's southern Guangxi region

This aerial photo show pedestrians visiting a business area ahead of the new year in Nanning, in China’s southern Guangxi region

The  celebration brought hundreds of people together in the centre of Nanning as people hope to catch a glimpse of the fireworks

The  celebration brought hundreds of people together in the centre of Nanning as people hope to catch a glimpse of the fireworks

Revellers holding multicolored love-heart-shaped balloons while attending a New Year celebration in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province

Revellers holding multicolored love-heart-shaped balloons while attending a New Year celebration in Wuhan, in China’s central Hubei province

New Year's Eve fireworks light up the sky over the Sydney Opera House (L) and Harbour Bridge during the fireworks display in Sydney on January 1, 2023

New Year’s Eve fireworks light up the sky over the Sydney Opera House (L) and Harbour Bridge during the fireworks display in Sydney on January 1, 2023

Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge as New Year celebrations begin in Sydney, Australia

Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge as New Year celebrations begin in Sydney, Australia

Midnight fireworks lit the sky over the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney

Midnight fireworks lit the sky over the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Sydney

More than a million spectators were expected to gather along the waterfront in Sydney to bring in the new year, when more than 7,000 fireworks were launched from the Sydney Harbour Bridge

More than a million spectators were expected to gather along the waterfront in Sydney to bring in the new year, when more than 7,000 fireworks were launched from the Sydney Harbour Bridge

New Year's Eve fireworks light up the sky over the Sydney Opera House (left) and Harbour Bridge during the fireworks display in Sydney on January 1, 2023

New Year’s Eve fireworks light up the sky over the Sydney Opera House (left) and Harbour Bridge during the fireworks display in Sydney on January 1, 2023

Fireworks light up the river banks by the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House to ring in 2023

Fireworks light up the river banks by the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House to ring in 2023

New Year's Eve fireworks light up the sky over the Sydney Opera House (left) and Harbour Bridge

New Year’s Eve fireworks light up the sky over the Sydney Opera House (left) and Harbour Bridge

The midnight fireworks on New Year's Eve, witnessed from Mrs Macquaries Point in Sydney, Australia

The midnight fireworks on New Year’s Eve, witnessed from Mrs Macquaries Point in Sydney, Australia 

There were reports of chaos as crowds pushed through a gate at The Rocks for NYE celebrations in Sydney, Australia. NSW Police and security were said to be almost powerless to do anything but let them over fears people could be crushed

There were reports of chaos as crowds pushed through a gate at The Rocks for NYE celebrations in Sydney, Australia. NSW Police and security were said to be almost powerless to do anything but let them over fears people could be crushed

Police officers and security attempt to stop people forcing their way through a gate at The Rocks for NYE celebrations in Sydney

Police officers and security attempt to stop people forcing their way through a gate at The Rocks for NYE celebrations in Sydney

The NYE fireworks as seen from Mrs Macquaries Point in the Sydney Harbour in Australia

The NYE fireworks as seen from Mrs Macquaries Point in the Sydney Harbour in Australia

Fireworks are seen on the buildings along the Yarra River during New Year's Eve celebrations in Melbourne, Australia

Fireworks are seen on the buildings along the Yarra River during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Melbourne, Australia 

People gather along Princes Bridge to watch the fireworks during New Year's Eve celebrations in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

People gather along Princes Bridge to watch the fireworks during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

While it did not specifically cite Covid-19 as the factor this year, saying it was due to ‘various circumstances’, it is believed organisers feared a spike in cases due to the large number of people who would have gathered there.

Hong Kong will enter the new year at 3.45pm GMT time and is going big this year after the announcement of the lifting of all Covid restrictions for inbound travellers upon arrival. 

The countdown celebrations organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) will feature cultural and sporting performances and a 10-minute pyrotechnic and multimedia light show against the backdrop of the iconic Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong skyline. 

It comes as hundreds of thousands of revellers are set to attend huge New Year’s Eve events across Britain tonight, as many return for the first time in three years following Covid restrictions.

Hordes of people will flock to central London to watch the capital’s fireworks, with viewing areas designated along the Victoria Embankment, Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square and elsewhere. 

Mayor Sadiq Khan will present the event, which is the largest fireworks display in the UK, from 8pm, before Big Ben rings in the new year with its iconic bongs at midnight. 

The display is ticketed and has long sold out. Pedestrian areas will begin to be restricted from midday today, alongside road closures. Anyone using public transport is also advised to check their route before travelling. 

Mr Khan tweeted yesterday: ‘Cannot wait for our iconic NYE fireworks tomorrow! 

New Zealand, led by Jacinda Ardern, was forced to cancel its celebrations last year due to its tough Covid-19 restrictions

New Zealand, led by Jacinda Ardern, was forced to cancel its celebrations last year due to its tough Covid-19 restrictions

New Zealand welcomed the new year with a five-minute fireworks display starting at the stroke of midnight (Pictured: Auckland welcomes in the 2023 new year with fireworks from the Sky Tower)

New Zealand welcomed the new year with a five-minute fireworks display starting at the stroke of midnight (Pictured: Auckland welcomes in the 2023 new year with fireworks from the Sky Tower)

Fireworks show give the welcoming to 2023 at New Year's Eve celebration at Hagley Park, in Christchurch, New Zealand on January 1, 2023

Fireworks show give the welcoming to 2023 at New Year’s Eve celebration at Hagley Park, in Christchurch, New Zealand on January 1, 2023

Countdown to celebrate and welcome the 2023 at New Year's Eve celebration at Hagley Park, in Christchurch, New Zealand on December 31, 2022

Countdown to celebrate and welcome the 2023 at New Year’s Eve celebration at Hagley Park, in Christchurch, New Zealand on December 31, 2022

People welcomed 2023 with live music and fireworks at New Year's Eve celebration at Hagley Park, in Christchurch, New Zealand

People welcomed 2023 with live music and fireworks at New Year’s Eve celebration at Hagley Park, in Christchurch, New Zealand 

Fireworks explode over Sky Tower in central Auckland as New Year celebrations begin in New Zealand

Fireworks explode over Sky Tower in central Auckland as New Year celebrations begin in New Zealand

A person buying food at a food truck at New Year's Eve celebration at Hagley Park, in Christchurch, New Zealand on December 31, 2022

A person buying food at a food truck at New Year’s Eve celebration at Hagley Park, in Christchurch, New Zealand on December 31, 2022

Marc Hunter, singer of local band Dragon, performing at New Year's Eve celebration at Hagley Park, in Christchurch, New Zealand on December 31, 2022

Marc Hunter, singer of local band Dragon, performing at New Year’s Eve celebration at Hagley Park, in Christchurch, New Zealand on December 31, 2022

The local band Dragon performing at New Year's Eve celebration at Hagley Park, in Christchurch, New Zealand on December 31, 2022

The local band Dragon performing at New Year’s Eve celebration at Hagley Park, in Christchurch, New Zealand on December 31, 2022

People prepare to watch the midnight fireworks over the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia

People prepare to watch the midnight fireworks over the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia

People prepare to watch the midnight fireworks over the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge

People prepare to watch the midnight fireworks over the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge

The "family fireworks", displayed three hours before midnight every year ahead of the main show at midnight, fill the sky over the Opera House in Sydney on New Year's Eve on December 31, 2022

The ‘family fireworks’, displayed three hours before midnight every year ahead of the main show at midnight, fill the sky over the Opera House in Sydney on New Year’s Eve on December 31, 2022

‘Although tickets are sold out, you can still watch the display live on BBC One tomorrow night.’

The display will be shown on BBC One during its airing of a special NYE concert fronted by the UK Eurovision star Sam Ryder. 

Elsewhere, thousands of people will also attend Edinburgh’s traditional Hogmanay celebrations as they return for the first time in three years.

The event was cancelled as a result of Covid-19 restrictions for the last two years.

All events hosted in the Scottish capital to mark the traditional Hogmanay celebrations were sold out, organisers confirmed.

Celebrations kicked off on Friday evening with the night afore party, headlined by pop superstar Sophie Ellis-Bextor with special guests Altered Images.

The Pet Shop Boys will headline the concert in the gardens in Princes Street Gardens while those attending the annual street party will be treated to DJ sets.

Fireworks will lift off every hour between 9pm and 11pm, counting down to the traditional midnight display.

Hundreds of thousands of revellers are set to attend huge New Year's Eve events across the country tonight (Pictured: London's NYE fireworks last year)

Hundreds of thousands of revellers are set to attend huge New Year’s Eve events across the country tonight (Pictured: London’s NYE fireworks last year)

Elsewhere, thousands of people will also attend Edinburgh's traditional Hogmanay celebrations (pictured) as they return for the first time in three years

Elsewhere, thousands of people will also attend Edinburgh’s traditional Hogmanay celebrations (pictured) as they return for the first time in three years

London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted last night: 'Cannot wait for our iconic NYE fireworks tomorrow!'

London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted last night: ‘Cannot wait for our iconic NYE fireworks tomorrow!’

A large crowd party and celebrate by the London Eye on December 31, 2021

A large crowd party and celebrate by the London Eye on December 31, 2021

Edinburgh Hogmanay has missed three years due to Covid restrictions but will return tonight

Edinburgh Hogmanay has missed three years due to Covid restrictions but will return tonight 

All events hosted in the Scottish capital to mark the traditional Hogmanay celebrations were sold out, organisers confirmed (Pictured: Hogmanay 2017)

All events hosted in the Scottish capital to mark the traditional Hogmanay celebrations were sold out, organisers confirmed (Pictured: Hogmanay 2017) 

Partygoers ring in the New Year at the Hogmanay in Edinburgh on January 1, 2018

Partygoers ring in the New Year at the Hogmanay in Edinburgh on January 1, 2018

Al Thompson, director of organisers Unique Assembly, said the worst of expected bad weather should have passed but he urged party-goers in Edinburgh to wrap up warm for the festivities (Pictured: Hogmanay 2017)

Al Thompson, director of organisers Unique Assembly, said the worst of expected bad weather should have passed but he urged party-goers in Edinburgh to wrap up warm for the festivities (Pictured: Hogmanay 2017)

City of Edinburgh Council leader Cammy Day said: ‘Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is the place to be to send off the 75th anniversary of Edinburgh as the festival city and kick off 2023 with a stellar musical line-up featuring a unique talent pool of Scottish acts and world-renowned artists.

‘We are immensely proud that so many people choose to share their New Year with us and enjoy everything our city has to offer.

‘The celebrations include a festival of ceilidhs, family-friendly events in sprogmanay and a candlelit concert at St Giles’ Cathedral.

‘Whether you join the magic of the night afore disco party, spend your midnight moment at the world-famous street party, have a ticket for the concert in the gardens with the Pet Shop Boys or start the year enjoying some of the scores of Scottish musical talent in final fling or first footin’ – I hope you enjoy being part of it.’

LED drummers parade through the streets of Edinburgh during the Hogmanay celebrations in 2017

LED drummers parade through the streets of Edinburgh during the Hogmanay celebrations in 2017

As the clock strikes midnight and 2023 begins, the Met Office is predicting temperatures of 1C in Edinburgh, with it dropping to 0C come 3am

As the clock strikes midnight and 2023 begins, the Met Office is predicting temperatures of 1C in Edinburgh, with it dropping to 0C come 3am

Lothian Buses have launched a special Hogmanay fare to get people home safely and Edinburgh Trams will be running services until 5am

Lothian Buses have launched a special Hogmanay fare to get people home safely and Edinburgh Trams will be running services until 5am

Al Thompson, director of organisers Unique Assembly, said the worst of expected bad weather should have passed but he urged party-goers to wrap up warm for the festivities.

He said: ‘It’s outdoors in Scotland in winter but I’m really pleased that we’re coming to the tail end of some unsettled weather this week, so from Saturday right through to New Year’s Day we have got a clear run.

‘It’s going to be cold but it’s going to be dry, and that’s the main thing.

‘We’re just telling people to make sure that they wrap up warm and dress for the weather before they come out because the majority of the events are outdoors.’

As the clock strikes midnight and 2023 begins, the Met Office is predicting temperatures of 1C, with it dropping to 0C come 3am.

Lothian Buses have launched a special Hogmanay fare to get people home safely and Edinburgh Trams will be running services until 5am.

In Manchester, there will be an official countdown party in Piccadilly Gardens in the city centre, however there will be no fireworks due to ‘budgetary pressures’. 

Council bosses said there will be a big screen counting down to midnight alongside two separate areas, consisting of a bar space to purchase drinks and a family-friendly, alcohol-free viewing platform.

In Cardiff, families can ring in the new year at the Welsh capital’s Winter Wonderland, which will remain open until 12.30am. 



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