Samoa and New Zealand were the first countries to welcome the New Year earlier, followed by other small islands across the Pacific. Multi-coloured fireworks exploded across the city skyline at midnight as thousands of cheering revellers rang in the New Year in Auckland.
In Australia, revellers welcomed 2018 with a rainbow-themed fireworks at the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, while in Japan, people of Tokyo released hundreds of white balloons into the night sky and organised a music show. In North and South Korea, firework display and cultural shows were held to usher in the New Year.
Elsewhere, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and other South-East Asian countries were the next to flip over their calendars.
In China, firework displays were held in cities such as Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou to name a few. In Hong Kong, glittering firework displays were organised and exploded over Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. (ANI)