In pictures: The world celebrates 2018′s arrival

As the world celebrates the arrival of 2018, dramatic displays have quite literally erupted from east to west across the globe.

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In Yogyakarta, Indonesia, fireworks lit up the city’s skyline as midnight struck

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Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour

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Malaysia’s Petronas Towers eclipsed by the fireworks in Kuala Lumpur

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Back to Indonesia and celebrants fly lanterns at Borobudur temple

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The 123-storey Lotte World Tower, Seoul, South Korea

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In Cairo, a Santa Claus rings in the new year at a market

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In Jakarta, the business district was blanketed in colour

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In Singapore, the Marina Bay was a centre of celebration

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An early gathering of revellers in New York’s Times Square wrapped up against the freezing cold

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Sydney Harbour’s world-famous display was among the first shown worldwide on television

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Further south east, Melbourne also celebrated

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Buddhists at the Kelaniya Temple in Sri Lanka prayed to mark the occasion

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Revellers in Istanbul, meanwhile, gathered on the streets of the city to await the stroke of midnight

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Crowds packed the famous Champs-Élysées in Paris

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The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, where temperatures reached a record-breaking 15C on Sunday

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In London, Big Ben tolled at midnight despite extensive restoration work

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In Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, party-goers hit the beach

On Monday, people took to the water in traditional New Year celebrations across Europe.

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People take part in the New Year’s Day swim in Dunkirk, France

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Hundreds of swimmers run into the North Sea in Scheveningen, the Netherlands

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A man dives into the Tiber river from the Cavour bridge in Rome, Italy

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People take part in the Scarborough Lions New Year’s Day Dip in Yorkshire, UK

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Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-42531572

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