Millions of people have already been celebrating the arrival of 2017.
After South Pacific islands, New Zealand was the first major country to see in the New Year, Auckland celebrating with a laser light show and fireworks at the city’s Sky Tower.
✨❤️✨🌟💖✨❤️✨🌟💖 H-A-P-P-Y ✨❤️✨🌟💖New Year ✨❤️✨🌟💖Auckland, New Zealand ✨❤️✨🌟💖 pic.twitter.com/ZoFaX3RmQW— The Cult Cat (@Elverojaguar) December 31, 2016
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year from Auckland! Excited to see what 2017 has in store 😊 pic.twitter.com/rmXTALgg9e— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) December 31, 2016
Not to be upstaged, Sydney quickly followed suit. The Australian city’s harbour provided the backdrop for an elaborate fireworks display which paid tribute to Prince and David Bowie, both departed in 2016.
#HAPPYNEWYEAR New Year fireworks illuminate the sky over the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge in Sydney #AFP By
Saeedkhanafp</a> <a href="https://t.co/IVWeWdccL0">pic.twitter.com/IVWeWdccL0</a></p>— AFP Photo Department (AFPphoto) December 31, 2016
Isolated North Korea joined in the fun too, half an hour after its southern neighbour. The fireworks in Pyongyang were covered live on state television.
North Korean TV is broadcasting a fireworks display in Pyongyang, as the country enters 2017. pic.twitter.com/3JhLPzbgTf— Martyn Williams (@martyn_williams) December 31, 2016
Hong Kong added an oriental touch to Auld Lang Syne, as hundreds of thousands turned out for the street party and fireworks over Victoria Harbour.
Revelers bid adieu to a year of conflicts, celebrity deaths. https://t.co/l30×9f5TXY— The Associated Press (@AP) December 31, 2016