Celebrations Welcoming 2016 Around The World

As the clock struck 12, fireworks lit up the skies around the world, and people engaged in celebrations and rituals to welcome 2016.

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.

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Check out these breathtaking pictures from across the globe.

Swimmers took part in a New Year swimming race at a beach in Hong Kong

Swimmers take part in a New Year

Fireworks lit up the night sky in Marina Bay, Singapore

Fireworks explode in Marina Bay

People looked on as fireworks exploded over the Copacabana beach in Rio De Janeiro

People watch as fireworks

Revelers waited for the midnight countdown during New in the Times Square area of New York

Revelers wait in large pens for midnight

Egyptians celebrated in front of Pyramids on the outskirts of Cairo
Egyptians celebrate in front of pyramids

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

Fireworks explode around the London Eye

The public gathered near the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris

Revellers gather near the Arc de

People stood in front of Vienna’s city hall to watch celebrations

New Years celebration in front of Vienna's city hall

Swimmers prayed to the sun at sunrise wishing for calm waters and good fortune in Odawara,

Local swimmers pray to the sun during sunrise