How Did You Spend Your New Year?
Written by Duncan Martin on January 1, 2016
It’s estimated that around 10 million people don’t bother to celebrate the New Year and opt for an early night, turning in by 10pm!
But some of the world’s biggest cities saw in 2016 in style.
In New York, a million people converged on Times Square to watch the famous ball descend.
In Brazil, crowds packed Rio’s de Janeiro’s famous Copacabana beach to watch a spectacular firework display.
In Japan, people released balloons by Tokyo Tower, while South Koreans celebrated with traditional bell-ringing.
Prince Park Tower in Tokyo
Revellers in Australia and New Zealand were among the first to welcome 2016.
Crowds counted down at Auckland’s Sky Tower in New Zealand, with a laser show and fireworks display. Fireworks also lit up Sydney harbour in Australia.
In London, more than 100,000 people watched the fireworks display by the River Thames with thousands of extra police officers on duty.
Tim Peake on board the International Space Station
In the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, the traditional Hogmanay party received a New Year message from British astronaut Tim Peake who was broadcasting live from the International Space Station.