Happy 2020: New Year Celebrations From Around The World

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People worldwide celebrated the new year and new decade with fireworks displays (Credit: Junaida279/CC0/Pixabay)

Happy 2020! At the stroke of midnight on December 31, 2019, cities worldwide rang in both a new year and a new decade with dazzling fireworks shows. Here are some of this year's most spectacular displays from around the world.

Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia, one of the first major cities on Earth to ring in the new year, is famous for staging two majestic fireworks shows annually. The first, a family-friendly display for Australian residents with young children, takes place at 9:00 pm local time, while the second, more extravagant show — broadcast live internationally to an eager audience of over a billion people — occurs at midnight local time.

The spectacle of light ushering in 2020 took 15 months to plan, cost $6.5 million, and comprised over 100,000 fireworks. The magnificent pyrotechnics display, which transformed the dark skies into a kaleidoscope of colors for 12 minutes, was launched from eight pontoons and four main barges off the iconic Sydney Harbour.

Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) welcomed 2020 with several fireworks and light shows across its seven emirates, or states. Though all were stunning, the one at the Ras Al Khaimah emirate captivated people worldwide. The 13-minute spectacle was witnessed live by hundreds of thousands of spectators, and billions more through online live feeds and telecasts. It also clinched two Guinness World Records titles for the "Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Launching Fireworks Simultaneously" and the "Longest Fireworks Waterfall."

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

As is the case each year, Brazil's biggest New Year festivities took place at Rio de Janeiro's beautiful Copacabana Beach. Over 3 million people, many dressed in white to signify their desire for peace, gathered on the sandy white beaches to watch the almost 34,000 pounds of colorful fireworks, which lit up the skies for an impressive 14 minutes! Some revelers extended the celebrations into the early hours of January 1, 2020, when they took a sunrise dip in the ocean to wash away all the troubles from 2019.

London, England

The Victoria Embankment and South Bank areas of the River Thames, were filled to capacity with 100,000 people eager to usher in 2020 with what London's mayor promised would be "the best display the capital had ever seen." They were not disappointed. The exciting show, which began against the backdrop of 12 powerful chimes from the iconic Big Ben, featured stunning fireworks set off from the London Eye and barges moored in a central location along the Thames.

The International Space Station (ISS)

The Expedition 60 crewmembers — NASA's Andrew Morgan, Christina Koch, and Jessica Meir, European Space Agency's Luca Parmitano, and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka and Alexander Skvortsov — did not experience any fireworks on the space station. However, since the ISS circles the planet every hour and a half, they did witness 16 spectacular sunrises and sunsets on New Year's Eve. The explorers also welcomed 2020 — which marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of the first component of the floating Space Station — much earlier than the flight controllers at NASA's Mission Control center in Houston.

"The space station operates on Greenwich Mean Time, or GMT, meaning it will only be 7 pm ET when the orbiting astronauts' clock strikes midnight to ring in the new year," NASA officials explained in a Twitter statement.

How did you ring in the new year and the new decade? Be sure to let us know by writing your comments below.

Resources: Space.com, dailymail.co.uk, thenationalae,khaleejtimes.com, CNN.com

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210 Comments
  • techfashion0315
    Little did we all know, Covid would come! Oh, sorry that was a little pessimistic!
    • addy11
      addy112 months
      Me too! I am SO dun with it! It has been going on for almost THREE years now!
      • techfashion0315
        I know! So many people have died from it... it is just getting out of hand. I really hope it ends!
      • adroit_avimimus
        Haha, it's fine! And I agree! For 2+ years with that!
        • techfashion0315
          I know! 🤣 I keep asking myself, "When will this end!" I can't believe we have gone 2 (and counting) years with Covid.
      • songunicorn17
        Comment your usual bedtime I stay up till 9:35 and on weekends 10:00 on New Years Eve I stayed up till 1:08 have a great day!
        • addy11
          addy112 months
          I stayed up till 1:56 because we went to one of my cousin's house and they live over a hour away! My other cousins (ponygirl11 and her two brothers) didn't come because they were at Disney world for Christmas.
          • techfashion0315
            Oh, yeah! I remembered that you and ponygirl11 are cousins! That is so cool.
          • adroit_avimimus
            I stay up until midnight with my parents!
          • songunicorn17
            Happy MEGA ULTIMATE SUPER DUPER TROOPER LATE LATE ON THE DOUBLE LATE New Year!😅 ❤❤🎉
            • toasty_fan
              toasty_fanover 1 year
              HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!!
              • naruto1818
                naruto1818over 1 year
                Happy new year everyone!😃😊😁🎉🎆
                • rihatenprint
                  rihatenprintover 1 year
                  well look at 2020 now ;-; but im glad its almost 2021!!
                  • animereina2021
                    animereina2021almost 2 years
                    This year isn't going so great, but for all of you that still read this article, I just wanted to say that I hope everything is going okay.
                    • l78
                      l78almost 2 years
                      They used a TON of fireworks!!!!
                      • l78
                        l78almost 2 years
                        Happy 2020 New year!😁
                        • animereina2021
                          animereina2021about 2 years
                          For New Years Eve, I stood up until 1:00 in the morning... I was exhausted and was actually surprised that my parents even let me stay up! They usually make me stay up until 9 p.m. I know I should have said this earlier, but happy 2020! Even though this year is going wacky enough with COVID 19, hopefully by the summer we can get back on track 😁