Ringing in the New Year around the world
Celebrating the new year could arguably be the best 24-hour party of the year. As clocks in time zones around the world click over to 2015, some revelers are united by fireworks and flashbulbs, while others come together for prayer and thoughtful reflection. Some cultures believe the noise from fireworks scares away evil spirits and ushers in good luck for the new year.
New Zealand, where it is currently the summer, was the first place to ring in 2015 — midnight there coincided with 6 a.m. ET. Australia followed afterward with a spectacular fireworks display launched off of the Harbour Bridge in Sydney.
In America, the East Coast is gearing up to watch the New Year’s ball descend in Times Square. The iconic symbol is made of 2,688 crystal triangles and 32,256 LEDs in red, blue, green and white.
Take a look at how the party is getting started in other parts of the world.