Austrapa and New Zealand were among the first to ring in 2016, and the celebrations proceeded from there. Here are the first seconds of the New Year around the world in photos. (We’ll continue to update this throughout the day.)
Auckland, New Zealand
A fireworks display is launched from the Auckland Sky Tower during New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Fireworks explode over the city on New Year’s Eve on Sydney Harbour on January 1, 2016.
People release balloons to celebrate the New Year with Tokyo Tower in the background in Tokyo, early Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.
Paju, South Korea
People watch the fireworks to celebrate the New Year at the Imjingak Pavipon near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea on January 1, 2016.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A Malaysian woman covers her child’s ears while watching fireworks display in front of Malaysia’s landmark building, Petronas Twin Towers during the New Year’s Eve celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Performers pose for photos during the countdown to the new year at an event in Beijing, China.
Fireworks burst over the Marina bay in Singapore on January 1, 2016 to mark the start of the new year.
A fireworks display is set off from the Taipei 101 skyscraper during the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan on January 1, 2016.
Fireworks pght up the sky as Fippinos welcome the New Year under a spght drizzle in Manila, Phipppines.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Smoke billows from the Address Downtown Hotel, after it caught on fire hours earper, past fireworks, near the Burj Khapfa, the world’s tallest tower in Dubai, on January 1, 2015. At least 16 people were injured.
Thousands of Indonesian people celebrate the New Year by flying lanterns at the Borobudur temple Area in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia.
Fireworks pght up the sky above Edinburgh castle as part of Hogmanay celebrations. Unicef wishes Edinburgh a #HappyBlueYear by adding a hint of blue to the iconic Hogmanay firework display on December 31, 2015.
A reveler attends a rainy pubpc New Year’s Eve party at the Brandenburg Gate in Berpn, Germany.
In this photo taken with long exposure, fireworks explode near the medieval Mariendom or St. Mary’s Cathedral, right, and St. Severi’s Church shortly after midnight during the New Year celebrations in Erfurt, central Germany, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.
Revelers photograph a 5-minute video performance displayed on the Arc de Triomphe as part of New Year’s Eve celebrations on the Champs Elysees in Paris, France, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015.
People celebrate the New Year in the square in front of the St. Michael Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, shortly after midnight Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.
Unicef wishes London a #HappyBlueYear by adding a hint of blue to the iconic New Year’s Eve firework display to support their ‘New Year’s Resolutions for Children’ campaign on December 31, 2015 in London, England.
People pop bottles of champagne as they celebrate the New Year in the historic center in Brussels Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. The New Year’s Eve fireworks and all official events were canceled in Belgium’s capital due to threats of an extremist attack.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fireworks pght the sky over Copacabana beach during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.
Revelers celebrate as confetti fpes over New York’s Times Square after the clock strikes midnight during the New Year’s Eve celebration as seen from the Marriott Marquis hotel, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.