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New Year's Eve 2019: celebrations around the world

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    Auckland in New Zealand has become the world's first major city to celebrate the start of 2020 with a bang. New Year's Eve 2019: celebrations around the world
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Auckland in New Zealand has become the world's first major city to celebrate the start of 2020 with a bang.

Millions of people began ringing in 2020 with fireworks, dancing and champagne on Wednesday, but Australia’s celebrations were overshadowed by deadly wildfires while protests dampened the festive mood in Hong Kong and India.

New Zealanders were among the first to welcome the new year, with fireworks lighting up the night sky over Auckland.

 Large crowds thronged Sydney harbour to watch Australia’s famous New Year’s Eve fireworks, even as smoke turned the evening sky in nearby coastal towns blood-red.

Many towns along the country’s eastern coast cancelled their fireworks as thousands swarmed to beaches to escape the fires.