New Year's celebrations from around the world
As the clock struck 12 in 24 consecutive time zones first thing Friday, people around the world celebrated the beginning of 2016.
New Zealand, where it was summer, was the first country to ring in the new year. Australia followed soon after with a spectacular display of fireworks launched off Sydney’s Harbour Bridge. Across Europe and the United States, festivities were grand despite tightened security. In New York City, the 6-foot-wide Waterford Crystal ball dropped before an enormous crowd.
Take in the sights from this year’s parties in this collection of photographs from around the world.