Many Major cities across the world have celebrated the beginning of 2014 with fireworks and music. Some cities like Russia, witnessed quietness and low-key celebration because of security challenges. Also, country like Philippines who is still recovering from the devastating Typhoon Haiyan that killed over 6,000 with nearly 1,800 people missing on November 8, 2013. Here is a peep into how major cities across the globe welcomed the New Year.
A sea of horn-tooting, hat-wearing revellers cheered and some even kissed as the famed crystal ball dropped in a freezing New York City’s Times Square to ring in 2014, capping a world-wide wave of celebrations that included a dazzling 30-minute fireworks show in Dubai and a deluge of confetti in London that tasted as good as it looked.
Tourists and locals in the French capital flocked to the city’s iconic sights and celebrated New Year’s Eve.
With its famous Champs Elysees avenue covered in Christmas lights and Eiffel Tower sparkling on the stroke of midnight, the city of light lived up to its name, delighting the visitors.
“It’s our second time here. We were already here five years ago and it’s still wonderful with the Eiffel tower and its lights,” said Marcus, a Swiss tourist who opened a bottle of sparkling wine shortly after the New Year started.
On the other side of the Atlantic, London welcomed 2014 with a mixture of futuristic fireworks and torch-lit tradition. The city’s mayor said this year’s explosive display came packed with peach-flavoured snow, edible banana confetti and orange-scented bubbles. The evening also included scratch-and-sniff programs, LED wristbands and fruit-flavoured sweets.
In Toronto, Canada, it was an awesome assembly of all the best things in life and approaching the city of Toronto in the New Year 2014 times were nothing but a true pleasure you could get from the trip. Both foreign tourists and locals celebrated the new year eve in grand style, with fireworks and drinks.
In Russia, where two suicide bombings in two days killed 34 people, eerily empty buses lumbered through the streets of Volgograd, where authorities cancelled mass events for New Year’s Eve and asked residents not to set off fireworks.
President Vladimir Putin, in his New Year’s Eve address to the nation, vowed that the fight against terrorists will continue “until their destruction is complete,” Russian news agencies reported.
In Dubai, a Persian Gulf city known for glitz, glamor and over-the-top achievements like the world’s tallest skyscraper, officials sought to break another record by creating the largest fireworks show.
The Dubai skyline was a canvas for a dazzling 30-minute show. The display capped off with six minutes of fireworks that engulfed the city’s man-made, palm-shaped island, with its fronds and trunk shimmering in thousands of lights. Organizers had promised that the fireworks would form a flying falcon, a sunrise and the United Arab Emirates flag.
China had light shows at part of the Great Wall near Beijing and at the Bund waterfront in Shanghai. The city of Wuhan in central Hubei province called off its fireworks show and banned fireworks downtown to avoid worsening its smog.
In Sydney, Australia, there was a fireworks display that sprayed from the sails of the Sydney Opera House and the city’s harbour bridge. “It filled up the whole sky,” said Mona Rucek, a 28-year-old tourist from Munich, Germany.
In Tokyo, five priests at the Zojoji temple used ropes to swing a wooden pole against a large bell, sounding the first of 108 gongs to mark the New Year. Simultaneously, “2014” lit up in white lights on the modern Tokyo Tower in the background.
Juji Muto said he was curious to hear how the bell sounded. The 75-year-old retiree said he wishes every year for good health.
Closer to the International Dateline, New Zealand concluded 2013 with its own fireworks that erupted from Auckland’s Sky Tower while cheering crowds danced in the streets of the South Pacific island nation’s largest city. It is the first country to usher in 2014.
Rio de Janeiro
In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, thousands of Brazilians celebrated at Copacabana beach, often regarded as the world’s party capital. Brazilians traditionally wore white to great the New Year and also lit candles by the water before running into the waves for good luck.
Celebrations were somewhat muted in the Philippines, where officials said about 260 people were injured by fireworks or stray bullets in the days leading up to New Year’s Eve. The mood was also sombre in areas still recovering from Haiyan, a November typhoon that killed thousands of people.