People the world over found festive ways to usher in the 2019 new year, as the Gregorian calendar’s 2018 year came to a close at midnight on Dec. 31.
Many cities used fireworks to celebrate the new year with a bang. People in different countries also carried out unique traditions ― from Spain, where revelers eat 12 grapes as the clock rings out the 12 strokes of midnight for good luck, to Brazil, where those celebrating beachside have been known to run into the ocean’s waves.
Scroll down to see how nations worldwide greeted the first moments of 2019:
Nous sommes en 2019 ! Revivez le feu d'artifice tiré depuis l'Arc de Triomphe pour le passage à la nouvelle année pic.twitter.com/H4jRoOove5— BFMTV (@BFMTV) December 31, 2018
Video: Disneyland Paris rings in the New Year! pic.twitter.com/GI7c7bv8Xm— ED92 (@ED92live) December 31, 2018
United Arab Emirates
Fireworks over Bangkok as Thailand welcomes in 2019 (BBC News). Happy New Year everyone! pic.twitter.com/M6m65tB05D— Richard Barrow in Thailand 🇹🇭 🇬🇧 (@RichardBarrow) December 31, 2018
Check out this impressive fireworks countdown on Sydney Harbour Bridge!#SydNYE sets the standard for the rest of the world in #NewYearsEve celebrations https://t.co/p8tRI62nza pic.twitter.com/Q8GmSltqw2— ITV News (@itvnews) December 31, 2018
Fireworks light up the sky above Hong Kong for New Year https://t.co/RbxftBDaHV— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) December 31, 2018
Seattle done put on a show tonight. pic.twitter.com/GwkbFXStUv— Andy Solorsano (@Space_Cat189) January 1, 2019