Revellers across the world have welcomed in 2008 with parties, pyrotechnics and plenty of good humour! Nowhere were celebrations more lively than on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, with live music adding to the magic of a New Year’s Eve to remember.
Making its 100th drop, New York’s giant crystal ball, complete with energy-efficient lights, captivated crowds in Times Square. And tight security surrounding the event did not stop partygoers having a good time.
Big Ben heralded the start of 2008 in London where the banks of the Thames were the backdrop to a breathtaking display of fireworks. The champagne was flowing on the Champs Elysees as Parisiens partied into the night.
New Year festivities in the French capital are also a big draw for tourists, making the most of what for some would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience on one of the most famous streets in the world
Celebrations in Moscow’s Red Square came as Vladimir Putin made his final New Year’s Eve televised address to the nation before stepping down. Russia goes to the polls for a presidential election in March.
If romance is what you were after, the place to be was Venice. Dubbed “Love 2008,” a giant group kiss was organised in Saint Mark’s Square, with some 60,000 people present. The aim was to begin the new year with a gesture of love, peace, fraternity and passion.