Happy New Year's Eve! See How Countries Around the World Are Ringing In 2016

New Year's Eve Celebration Begins Around the World
New Year's Eve Celebration in Sydney
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updated 12/31/2015 AT 07:00 PM EST

originally published 12/31/2015 AT 09:55 AM EST

New Year's Eve celebrations are kicking off around the world to mark to the start of 2016.

Australia
Hundreds of thousands of people flocked to Sydney as the sky was illuminated over the harbor. The display was themed the "city of color," with the bridge as the centerpiece of the show.

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New Year's Eve Celebration in Sydney

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As the fireworks went off, some of 2015's biggest hits served as the soundtrack for the nearly 15-minute long show.

A ceremony honoring Sydney's indigenous peoples was held before the show began, welcoming them to the country, The Guardian reports.



Australia native Rebel Wilson took to Instagram to pop the cork on 2016.

"Happy New Year from Downunder!!" she wrote.

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She also posted a video wishing her 2.2 million followers a Happy New Year as fireworks went off in the background.



"Happy New Year!! Enjoy yourselves and keep safe!! Don't get too trashed!! Just saw a girl peeing in the bushes," she captioned the clip.

Hong Kong
In Hong Kong, a breathtaking seven-and-a-half minute fireworks display lit up Victoria Harbour.


New Zealand
Fireworks launched from the Sky Tower in Auckland illuminated the city.


Japan
Hundreds of people released balloons in front of Tokyo Tower when the clock struck midnight.


Russia
Russians cheered on a brilliant fireworks display in Moscow, before President Vladmir Putin addressed the nation.


China
The flipping of a giant hourglass signaled the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 in Beijing, where confetti filled the sky.


London
As Big Ben struck midnight, the city's annual fireworks display sparkled over the River Thames.



Paris
Like other French cities, Paris scaled back its New Year's Eve celebration, trading its annual fireworks show over the Eiffel Tower for a presentation on the Arc de Triomphe

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