New Year’s events. It’s the king is dead; long live the king celebration of the end of the new year and the start of the next one. So as the calendars change over, here are 18 fireworks displays of past New Year’s Eves from around the world. Happy New Year!

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Rio de Janiero, Brazil

Smoke fills the skies over Rio. For more: Twelve Ways to Experience Rio de Janiero Like a Carioca. Photo: Murilo Porto


Marina Bay, Singapore

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London, England

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Helsinki, Finland

Fireworks above the city seen over the North Harbour towards the district of Katajanokka. For more: Budget Guide to HelsinkiPhoto: taivasalla


Dubai, United Arab Emirates

If you've got one of the world's most luxurious hotels, the sail shaped Burj Al Arab, you may as well throw a fireworks show. For more: Dubai also has The World's New Tallest Building. Photo: Kareem M. Negm


St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

The fireworks aren't the only fun to be had at mile-long Quidi Vidi Lake; there's Big Nature in St. John's, Newfoundland. Photo: django.malone


Sydney, Australia

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Akranes, Iceland

A unique angle of the celebration, a photo taken from a graveyard. For more: Photo Essay: Iceland's Fire and Ice.Photo: Atli Harðarson


Taipei, Taiwan

Fireworks shooting from the Taipei 101 building with different themes each year. For more: A Day in the Life of an Expat in Taipei, Taiwan.Photo: Daniel M. Shih


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Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

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New York City, New York, USA

While the crowds are ridiculous, it's always a good show in New York City when the ball drops, though perhaps best enjoyed on TV than in person.Photo: asterix611


Rio de Janiero, Brazil

Throngs of people come to Copacabana Beach for the fireworks show, so we featured Rio twice.Photo: Amy Rollo


Reykjavik, Iceland

Not even midnight, and the fireworks have already started. Photo: Victory Rose


Marina Bay, Singapore

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Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh has the famous (to some infamous) Hogmanay celebration for the New Year. It involves lots of drinking, inevitably cold weather, and fireworks.Photo: photojenni


Dubai, United Arab Emirates

It's Dubai where everything seems to be just a bit more extravagant, so here's the 2010 celebration. Photo: Robin Appleby


Ottawa, Canada

The Ottawa Parliament building just a few minutes into the New Year.Photo: Nikond200 - L-A. Paquette

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