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

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Marina Bay, Singapore

For more: Singapore on a Shoestring Budget. Photo: Souvik_Prometure

3

London, England

If you've shelled out all your cash on a club night for New Year's Eve, (not advised, but we won't judge you) here's How To Enjoy London On $100 A Day.Photo: Tanya Nagar

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4

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New Year’s Eve firecracker show in Suriname

by Coen Wubbels
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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

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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

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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

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Sydney, Australia

The fireworks come from the famous Harbour Bridge. Boats of all sizes line up in the harbour for the show, and last year, Liv Hambrett got to see the Fireworks On Sydney Harbour On New Year's Eve. Photo: doggiesrule04

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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

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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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5

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Fireworks on Sydney Harbour on New Year’s Eve

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1

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Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Viva Las Vegas! For more: Urban Volunteering: Las Vegas.Photo: tomspixels

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Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

For more: Funchal is also home to #7 of 21 of The World's Sexiest Rooftop Pools.Photo: Hugo Reis

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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

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Rio de Janiero, Brazil

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

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Reykjavik, Iceland

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

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Marina Bay, Singapore

Another angle of the celebration at Marina Bay. For more: Singapore on a Shoestring Budget. Photo: Filan

Intermission
5

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16

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

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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

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Ottawa, Canada

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