People around the world marked the new year in various ways, most of them with fireworks.
London’s Big Ben chimed at midnight to ring in the New Year, while the London Eye became the focus of a firework display on the South Bank of the River Thames.
The Greek city of Athens celebrated new year with a colourful fireworks display that lit up the sky over the ancient monuments of the Acropolis.
Heavy rain and strong winds poured down on the capital, but many defied the weather and donned umbrellas to celebrate.
Thousands of people began 2019 with a massive street party in the German capital is Berlin.
The festivities were a visual feast, with illuminations projected into the sky above the city’s iconic Brandenburg Gate.
People across India rang in the New Year with fireworks, dance, and music as the clock struck midnight.
Tourists and local residents gathered in huge numbers in various parts of the country, to witness stage performances and danced the night away.
Russia welcomed 2019 with fireworks display over Moscow’s Red Square.
The capital’s residents as well as tourists from all over Russia and abroad gathered to watch the fireworks in the Red Square and at the Moscow river embankments.
A dazzling fireworks spectacle lit up Rio de Janeiro ‘s Copacabana beach where more than two million revellers welcomed the New Year.
Some 16 tonnes of fireworks coloured the tourist city’s sky for over 10 minutes from midnight.
New York’s Times Square erupted with fireworks and cheers at the stroke of midnight, as thousands of merrymakers braved pouring rain, and watched the glowing New Year’s Eve ball complete its midnight descent.