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New Year Knees Up Around The World
Major cities, including Sydney, Shanghai, Dubai and Berlin have marked the start of 2013 with large fireworks displays.
Among the most spectacular celebrations were ones in Sydney, which centred on the harbour bridge, and Dubai, where the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, formed the centrepiece.
Some 1.5 million people are estimated to have turned out to watch the event in the Australian city with more than 100,000 firework patterns, costing £4.2m.
One of the country's most famous singers, Kylie Minogue, was creative ambassador and she picked the colours and the music.
The pop star pressed the button that set off seven tons of fireworks.
The Dubai show had three elements - light, water and fire - and projections on a 210-metre long screen.
Moscow had the Kremlin as its backdrop, while Jakarta marked 2013 with a massive four-mile street party.
Sixteen large stages were built along the normally busy, eight-lane motorway which runs through the heart of the Indonesian capital.
Couples kissed in New York's Times Square as ticker tape and fireworks welcomed in 2013 in style.
Thousands packed the iconic square in Manhattan as singers belted out the Frank Sinatra classic New York, New York.
The countdown was the first in decades without television host Dick Clark, who died in April.
There were also celebrations on a grand scale in Hong Kong and Shanghai.
This year's fireworks display, which cost about £1m, was said to be the biggest ever in the southern Chinese city.
Meanwhile, North Korea welcomed 2013 with reportedly the first ever New Year's fireworks display the country has held as Tokyo reverberated to the sound of the city's Watch-Night Bell.
The bells were struck 108 times at temples all over Japan to symbolise the beginning of a prosperous New Year.
Burma rang in the New Year with its first public countdown and a fireworks display, a celebration unprecedented in the former military-ruled country.
Around 90,000 people gathered at the countdown venue - a large field in Rangoon - for a chance to do what much of the world does every year at this time.
"This is very exciting and also our first experience in celebrating the New Year at a big countdown gathering. We feel like we are in a different world," said Yu Thawda, a university student who joined the party.
The atmosphere of celebration was muted in some places.
Many European nations planned scaled-back festivities and street parties for 2013 which is projected to be a sixth straight year of recession amid Greece's worst economic crisis.
Hotels, clubs and other venues in New Delhi cancelled festivities after the death of a gang rape victim which has led to days of protests and mourning.
The first major city to see in 2013 was Auckland, New Zealand, which had a spectacular fireworks display.
Crowds packed the city centre to watch the annual event at the city's Sky Tower, which stands more than 1,000ft tall.
The central Pacific Ocean island of Kiritimati (Christmas Island) and the eastern-most island in the island nation of Kiribati were the first to usher in the new year at 1000 GMT.
American Samoa, an unincorporated territory of the US in the southern Pacific Ocean, was the last place on Earth to herald in the new year on Tuesday at 1100 GMT.
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Happy New Year to all on Orange world! Even the ranting thatcherites who dont care for anyone but themselves. Even for those moderators who remove comments for no logical or apparent reason. . . Happy New Year - here's hoping we get our democracy back one day.
Your joking m8. George Orwell was right but 30yrs too early. Oh and happy new year
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Happy New Year to you stevie. Happy New Year to all, even those sill b..*g**s that for some unknown reason will be setting big bangers off through the night in my back lane
ha ha never mind WLU could be worse - they could be letting bangers off in your back passage :D Happy New Year x
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I know how it is. Welcome to Big Brother 2013 when litigation will rule the roost.
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So it says Auckland kicked off the knees up then goes on to explain they're not the first to see in the new year.
I'll be in the middle of a night-shift as the clock strikes 12 but Happy New Year regardless!
yeh an i will be in bed after just finishing a week on nights,sod off t new years eve. MERRY NEW YEAR ALL.from miserable old g** lol
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Hi Chris, I'm afraid we blocked your post because Orange doesn't allow comments which encourage excessive alcohol consumption.
I'd just like to point out that engineers and scientists only have two years left to make real flying cars and hoverboards
And Jaws 19 or whatever it was. Someone quie clearly missed the movie reference and voted you down. Personally I'm waiting for the invention of self-tying shoes a jacket with adjustable sleeves.
A phone that you can carry around in your pocket would be nice.....no wait.....
Wow some people on here really can't take a little sarcastic film referencing. What's with the vote downs?
Happy New Year everyone :)
same to you Valerie
Thanks :) It will be an early night for me though as I have a really bad throat and feel like I have a load of cotton wool in my head.
Not sure why you have got thumbs down tb.
The thumbs thing is a joke. I take no notice. My granson and son in law have both gone down with throat infections, always the same this time of year. I hope you feel better soon.
My better half has "Man flu" and now he has given me a bug which, of course, is much worse than his LOL. A whisky with a touch of lemon and honey is on the cards for tonight :D
The Aussies always do these things better than us. Anyone remember the river of fire ?..... Anyway, happy new year to everyone.
Happy New Year tb hope you have a good one.
Why do they title these items with New Zealand and Sydney bringing in New Year and show Sweaty Sock fireworks in Edinburgh????
Wishing a really Happy New Year to everyone here on Orange.
may the misery continue
'The first major city to see in 2013 was Auckland, New Zealand' So Wellington isnt a major city? Im sure the residents of new zealands capital will be happy to know that their city is not a major one.