New Year may come a little early or a little late depending on where you are stationed in the world. Be it the grand New Year's ball-drop in New York City's Times Square or the elegant fireworks in Dubai and London, 2015 came with a bang and we have the photos to prove it.
New Zealand is one of those places where the New Year's Eve reached much earlier than the rest of the world, at 1:45pm on Wednesday (IST). The Kiwis welcomed 2015 with a brilliant array of fireworks lighting up the skies.
Sydney in Australia welcomed 2015 around 6:30 pm on Wednesday (IST)in its trademark elegance. With tropical-style fireworks display featuring shimmering gold and silver palm tree pyrotechnic effects, the 12-minute firework display attracted a crowd of over 1.5 million to the shores of Australian city's harbour.
Although the midnight chime for 2015 arrived in China around 9:30pm on Wednesday (IST), the country was in mourning for the unfortunate stampede that killed at least 35 people.
Meanwhile, Dubai, synonymous with extravaganza, exhibited a spectacular display of lights on Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building at 1:30am (IST), in an attempt to beat a world record for the largest LED-illuminated facade. About 70,000 LED panels were wrapped around the building, which was monitored by a team from the Guinness World Records.
New Year celebrations in Europe began in Moscow at 2:30am (IST) with fireworks over St Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin. People in Paris enjoyed the fireworks from near the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees Avenue. On New Year's Eve 2015, 4:30am (IST), the city looked breathtaking with the colourful lights highlighting the beauty of the Eiffel Tower.
London welcomed New Year a little later, around 5:30am (IST) with most people heading over to the London Eye and Big Ben.
The age-old tradition of dropping the Times Square New Year's Ball at midnight EST (10:30am IST) was viewed by millions of people who were physically present and a million more who tuned into "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest".