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New Year's celebrations kick off in New Zealand and Australia

People across New Zealand and Australia were among the first to hit 2014. Auckland was the first major capital of the world to see in the New Year with a fireworks display in the city's harbor.

New Zealand rang in the New Year with multicoloured fireworks erupting from Auckland's Sky Tower at midnight.

The sound of people counting down to midnight could be heard ringing across the harbour in front of the tower.

Thousands of revelers danced in the streets of the nation's largest city to mark the start of 2014.

Twitter was instantly flooded with well wishes and echoes of "Happy New Year", as New Zealanders shared pictures of their celebrations.

The Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge was sparkling with tons of exploding fireworks at midnight Tuesday, with more than 1.6 million revelers expected to line the harbor for a view.

As Sydney officials had promised the Australian city's renowned pyrotechnics has been more extravagant than ever.

The Sydney Opera House have been forced to close their doors, as hundreds of people have already packed the building to capacity.

Dubai, home to world's tallest tower, is known for its glitz, glamour and over-the-top achievements, and this New Year's Eve the city is planning to break another record by creating the largest fireworks show ever.

China was planning to count down to the New Year with light shows at two spectacular and historic locations — part of the Great Wall near Beijing and at the Bund waterfront in Shanghai.

In Japan, thousands of visitors, some donning kimono, will pray, ring a bell and toss coins as offerings at shrines, wishing for health, wealth and happiness. Temple bells will ring the customary 108 times, for the 108 causes of suffering according to Buddhism, and welcome in the Year of the Horse.

In North Korea, a group of tourists, including Americans, planned to watch fireworks in Kim Il Sung Square and watch the Pyongyang Bell strike midnight.

In Hong Kong, tens of thousands will turn out to watch the fireworks display over the southern Chinese city's famed Victoria Harbour.

In Indonesia, New Year's celebrations are widespread except in the city of Banda Aceh where Islamic clerics prohibit Muslims from celebrating New Year's Eve.

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