New Year’s Eve 2019 : New Year’s Eve 2019 LIVE: World lights up in dazzling fireworks displays welcoming 2019. HAPPY New Year! Today is New Year’s Eve and millions of people around the world are preparing to celebrate the beginning of a new year. Here are the latest updates and pictures from around the world as we step into 2019.
New Year’s Eve is celebrated the world over, with fireworks, drinking and singing of traditional songs. London celebrates with a massive fireworks show, from the base of the London Eye. New York sees residents and tourists gather in Times Square to witness the notorious ball drop, which has signified the beginning of the new year for more than 100 years.
With time differences, Samoa was the first country to ring in the New Year, being 14 hours ahead of the UK.
Sydney, Australia, celebrated the New Year with huge fireworks across the harbour, being 11 hours ahead of the UK.
In New York, up to a million people are expected to crowd Times Square to witness the ball drop.
The ball is located on top of the One Times Square roof and has been an annual event since December 31, 1907.
India and Sri Lanka have just seen the clocks strike midnight, making them the latest countries to usher in 2019.
Up next, we have Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran who will all see 2019 before the UK.
6.20pm update: Can you watch the London fireworks live on TV?Tickets to the famous London Eye firework display have long sold out now.