First celebrations as the world welcomes in 2016

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By Euronews
First celebrations as the world welcomes in 2016

They always do it in style Down Under.

And this New Year’s Eve was no exception with Sydney Harbour lit up by a huge fireworks extravaganza, witnessed by more than a million revellers.

Hailed as the biggest fireworks display ever seen in the Australian city, the light show was themed ‘City of Colour’ in tribute to Sydney’s beaches, flora, fauna and the diverse backgrounds of its residents.

There was a different atmosphere altogether in Tokyo where balloons were released into the night sky on the stroke of midnight.

In China, near Beijing’s Forbidden City, a spectacular New Year’s show was staged.

And the Thai capital Bangkok saw in 2016 with its own festival of colour and light.