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It's 2024 in New Zealand: Auckland become first city to welcome New Year with spectacular fireworks I VIDEO

The Sydney Harbor Bridge will become the focal point of a renowned midnight fireworks display and light show viewed annually by around 425 million people worldwide.

Ajeet Kumar Edited By: Ajeet Kumar @Ajeet1994 Auckland Updated on: December 31, 2023 18:30 IST
The Sydney Harbor Bridge will become the focal point of a renowned midnight fireworks display and li
Image Source : AP The Sydney Harbor Bridge will become the focal point of a renowned midnight fireworks display and light.

Auckland has become the first major city to ring in 2024, with thousands cheering a fireworks display sprouting from New Zealand’s tallest structure, Sky Tower, and a downtown light show.

This year’s New Year’s Eve celebrations are overshadowed by the ongoing wars in Ukraine and Gaza, which have cast a pall over festivities and heightened tensions across parts of the world. Many cities are deploying extra security and some places have canceled New Year’s Eve events altogether.

In Auckland, light rain throughout Sunday had cleared as forecast by midnight over the city of 1.7 million people before the countdown began on an illuminated digital display near the top of the 328-meter (1,076-foot) communications and observation tower.

Australia also welcomes 2024

Two hours later in neighbouring Australia, the Sydney Harbor Bridge will become the focal point of a renowned midnight fireworks display and light show viewed annually by around 425 million people worldwide, according to city authorities.

More police than ever have been deployed throughout Sydney to ensure safety as more than 1 million people — equivalent to one in five of the city’s population — converge on the harbour waterfront for the best available views, state government authorities said in a statement.

India Tv - thousands cheering a fireworks display sprouting from New Zealand’s tallest structure, Sky Tower.

Image Source : APthousands cheering a fireworks display sprouting from New Zealand’s tallest structure, Sky Tower.

Many revellers have been camping at the best vantage points since Sunday morning. The waterfront has been the scene of heated pro-Palestinian protests after the sails of the Sydney Opera House were illuminated in the colours of the Israeli flag in response to the October 7 attack by Palestinian militant group Hamas that triggered the war.

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Image Source : APThe Sydney Harbor Bridge will become the focal point of a renowned midnight fireworks display and light.

In New York’s Times Square, officials and party organizers say they are prepared to welcome crowds of revellers and ensure their safety. At a security briefing Friday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams said there were “no specific threats” to the annual New Year’s Eve bash, which is expected to draw tens of thousands of people to the heart of midtown Manhattan.

Major event after the COVID pandemic 

The celebrity-filled event will include live performances from Flo Rida, Megan Thee Stallion and LL Cool J, as well as televised appearances from Cardi B and others. Organizers said in-person attendance is expected to return to pre-COVID levels, even as foot traffic around Times Square remains down slightly since the pandemic.

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Image Source : APThe Sydney Harbor Bridge will become the focal point of a renowned midnight fireworks display and light.

Amid near-daily protests in New York sparked by the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, police said they would expand the security perimeter around the party, creating a “buffer zone” that will allow them to head off potential demonstrations.

“We will be out here with our canines, on horseback, our helicopters, our boats,” Adams said. Officials will also monitor protests with drones, he said. “But as we saw last year, after having no specific threats, we get a threat.”

(With inputs from agency)

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