Hundreds of thousands of people gathered at landmarks such as Times Sqaure in New York, Big Ben in London, Downtown Dubai and Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris to celebrate the beginning of the New Year.
The onset of the evening saw hoards of people take to the streets as they began celebrations for 2016. While some attended private parties, others congregated at popular places to watch the midnight fireworks and countdown to midnight. Some even engaged in rituals such as praying to the sun for a better year and even indulged in a swimming race.
Check out these breathtaking pictures from across the globe.
Swimmers took part in a New Year swimming race at a beach in Hong Kong
Fireworks lit up the night sky in Marina Bay, Singapore
People looked on as fireworks exploded over the Copacabana beach in Rio De Janeiro
Revelers waited for the midnight countdown during New in the Times Square area of New York
Egyptians celebrated in front of Pyramids on the outskirts of Cairo
Fireworks exploded around the London Eye wheel, Big Ben clock tower and the Houses of Parliament as mobs of people on the streets celebrated New Year’s
The public gathered near the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris
People stood in front of Vienna’s city hall to watch celebrations
Swimmers prayed to the sun at sunrise wishing for calm waters and good fortune in Odawara,