In Pictures: Here's How The World Rang In 2020

Cities around the world have put aside worries over international and domestic issues, to ring in the new year and the beginning of the 2020's.

New York has had its turn to ring in 2020, joining countries around the world celebrating the new decade and putting hope ahead of global worries.

Fireworks burst and confetti poured down as throngs of revellers in Times Square counted down the last seconds of 2019 while a luminescent crystal ball descended down a pole.

Confetti fills the air over top of revelers during New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square. Image: Getty

About 1,360 kilograms of confetti showered the crowd who'd put up with rain and cold as they waited in security pens for the clock to tick over.

Earlier, firework displays around the world contrasted with a background of fires, nuclear weapon concerns and protests.

Paris celebrates the New Year as the Arc de Triomphe is engulfed in fireworks. Image: Getty
ireworks illuminate the night sky near Ortakoy Mosque and July 15 Martyrs' Bridge within the new year celebrations in Istanbul, Turkey. Image: Getty

European capitals had fireworks lighting up the skies over landmarks like Big Ben in London, the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the Parthenon in Athens and the Kremlin in Moscow.

Fireworks explode over the ancient temple of the Parthenon on top of the Acropolis hill. Image: Getty
A firework display unloads over the Oberbaumbrücke in Berlin. Image: Getty

Londoners saw a glittering display launched from the London Eye and barges on the Thames near Parliament, with the familiar chimes of the Big Ben clock tower ringing in the new year, after extensive restoration work.

Fireworks light up the sky over the London Eye in central London. Image: Getty

To the north, the multi-day Hogmanay New Year's celebrations in Edinburgh began on Monday night with a torchlight parade through the streets of the Scottish capital.

Fireworks are launched from Edinburgh Castle at midnight during the Hogmanay New Year celebrations in Edinburgh. Image: Getty
Fireworks are seen on Copacabana beach during New Years Eve Celebration in Rio de Janeiro. Image: Getty

 North Korea also marked the new year, but there's concern about its hints of fireworks of a different kind. Kim Jong Un said on Wednesday his country would introduce a "new strategic weapon" in the near future, after the US missed a year-end deadline to restart denuclearisation talks.

Pro-democracy supporters hold placards and shout slogan as they take part in a march during a rally on New Years Day. Image: Getty

Thousands in Hong Kong welcomed 2020 at Victoria Harbour, breaking into pro-democracy chants shortly after the countdown to midnight.Hong Kong authorities cancelled the main midnight fireworks display for the first time in a decade, citing security concerns. Social media posts urged protesters to wear masks at a New Year rally called "Don't forget 2019 - Persist in 2020".



Australia Welcomes 2020 With A Bang

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Australia's largest capital cities to celebrate New Year's Eve and ring in 2020, with the country's ongoing bushfire crisis not far from their minds.

Thousands of Indians ushered in the year by demonstrating against a citizenship law they say will discriminate against Muslims and chip away at India's secular constitution.