Happy New Year 2020 Around The World

Indian school children pose for the cameras during an event to welcome the New Year in Ahmadabad, India, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

The world resounded in cheer as 2019 became a memory and saw 2020 new year with spectacular firework displays from Sydney to Tokyo.

However, countries like Australia were overshadowed by deadly wildfires and the festive mood in Hong Kong and India has been dampened by protests.

Around a million revellers visited Sydney harbour and surrounds to experience more than 100,000 fireworks explode above the city, even as thousands of people along Australia’s eastern seaboard sought refuge from the bushfires on beaches. Sydney is well-known for its New Year celebrations. Due to its geographical position close to the International Date Line, it is one of the first countries in the world to welcome the New Year. In Canberra, fireworks were cancelled and event organisers said other activities, including live music performances, would also be cancelled.

Fireworks explode over Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, as seen from Cahill Expressway during New Year celebrations in Sydney, Wednesday, Jan.1, 2020. (Dean Lewins/AAP Images via AP)
Midnight fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during New Year’s eve celebrations in Sydney, Tuesday, Dec.31, 2019. (Lukas Coch/AAP Images via AP)
Midnight fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during New Year’s eve celebrations in Sydney, Tuesday, Dec.31, 2019. (Lukas Coch/AAP Images via AP)
Midnight fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during New Year’s eve celebrations in Sydney, Tuesday, Dec.31, 2019. (Lukas Coch/AAP Images via AP)
The 9pm family fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge on Sydney Harbour during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Sydney, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. (Dean Lewins/AAP Image via AP)
The 9pm family fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge on Sydney Harbour during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Sydney, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. (Dean Lewins/AAP Image via AP)
People hold up their smartphones as a “2020” sign lights up a building on the waterfront during New Year’s celebrations in Hong Kong, early Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
People wearing rain coats gather at Bundaran Hotel Indonesia roundabout as they attend New Year’s Eve celebrations in Jakarta, Indonesia December 31, 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
People carry large fox masks during a parade held to celebrate the New year Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Fireworks are seen from Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Sydney, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)
Fireworks explode over Chao Phraya River during the New Year’s celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Buddhists light candles to form letters meaning, “Best wishes for a Happy New Year,” during New Year celebrations at Jogyesa Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
SINGAPORE – JANUARY 01: Drones are seen forming the year ‘2020’ formation as fireworks, created by Star Island, as Singapore ushers in the New Year at Marina Bay on January 1, 2020 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
People celebrate the arrival of the year 2020 at a New Year’s Eve countdown event near the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic headquarters in Bejing, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. Revellers around the globe are bidding farewell to a decade that will be remembered by many for the rise of social media, the Arab Spring, the #MeToo movement and, of course, President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
HONG KONG, CHINA – JANUARY 1: Pro-democracy supporters wave flags and shout slogans during a countdown party in Tsim Sha Tsui district on New Year’s eve on January 1, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Anti-government protesters in Hong Kong continue their demands for an independent inquiry into police brutality, the retraction of the word “riot” to describe the rallies, and genuine universal suffrage. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – JANUARY 1: Revelers celebrate as they welcome the New Year during a countdown party at a mall on January 1, 2020 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)
Fireworks erupt in the sky over people during New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur on January 1, 2020. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo by MOHD RASFAN/AFP via Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – JANUARY 01: Fireworks from the SkyTower during Auckland New Year’s Eve celebrations on January 01, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Dave Rowland/Getty Images)
Revelers arrive early to watch the New Year countdown outside a shopping mall in downtown Bangkok on December 31, 2019. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP) (Photo by MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP via Getty Images)
Indian school children pose for the cameras during an event to welcome the New Year in Ahmadabad, India, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
VARIOUS CITIES, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 01: Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House during the midnight display during New Year’s Eve celebrations on January 01, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Hanna Lassen/Getty Images)

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