New Year’s Eve: World celebrates arrival of 2023


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New year celebrations are in full flow in parts of the world where 2023 has already arrived.

The Pacific nation of Kiribati was the first to welcome in the new year, followed by New Zealand an hour later.

And thousands gathered in Sydney for the Australian city’s renowned fireworks display.

Fireworks in Sydney


People watch 9pm fireworks at Sydney Botanic Gardens, in Australia

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Man wears Happy New Year glasses and strikes a thumbs up as he celebrates New Year in Sydney

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People welcomed 2023 with live music and fireworks at New Year's Eve celebration at Hagley Park, in Christchurch, New Zealand

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People gather to celebrate the clocks turning midnight in Seoul, South Korea


Revellers release balloons as they take part in New Year celebrations in Tokyo, Japan


Entertainers perform during a countdown event for the 2023 new year celebrations in Tokyo


Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour to celebrate the New Year in Hong Kong


People celebrate new year in Taipei, in Taiwan, as fireworks light up the skyline from the Taipei 101 building

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Fireworks exploded over the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand as clocks struck midnight


New year fireworks light up the sky over Rizal Park in Manila, in the Philippines

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