They're already ringing in the new year around the world

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One of the first countries to celebrate New Year, New Zealand on Sunday officially welcomed 2018 with a huge celebration.

In Auckland, the city's skies were lit up in dazzling colours in a fireworks extravaganza to welcome in the New Year.

Preparations for the fireworks display started six months ago, said director and owner of Sky Tower, which this year celebrates its 20 years.

There are 39 different local times in use, which means it takes 26 hours for the entire world to enter the New Year.

Revelers arrived early for New Year's festivities in Melbourne.

SkyCity, an event centre and casino, in Aucklnad was the hub of the country's celebrations for the New Year.

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Spectacular fireworks have lit up the skies in Hong Kong, Australia and elsewhere in Asia as revellers rang in 2018.

About 1.6 million people are attending to attend the fireworks around the edge of Sydney Harbour.

Those willing to courageous the cold in Beijing will join a countdown at the tower at Yongdingmen Gate, a rebuilt version of the Ming dynasty-era landmark gate at the southern end of the city's north-south axis. Police in the central city of Zhengzhou put 3500 officers on duty across the city while residents gathered to watch a light show and cultural performance in a public square. The upcoming winter Olympics just might do it.

The year 2018 is all set to take over India and as we are eagerly waiting to welcome the New Year, several parts of the world have already hailed next year.

The federal government also is sending dozens of personnel to assist with intelligence and other efforts.

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