People around the world marked the new year in various ways, most of them with fireworks.
Around 3,000 people, including overseas Chinese, attended an ancestor-worship ceremony just before new year, at the Mausoleum of Huangdi, or the Yellow Emperor. As the clock ticked to midnight, the representatives together struck a huge bell to greet 2019.
Fieworks were then set off and the night was filled with color, light and cheers.
Hundreds of people visited Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine to offer prayers for good luck in 2019 as Japan ushered the year of boar.
Visitors queued early in the morning to make offerings by tossing coins and saying prayers, as a way to express their gratitude to the gods.
Thousands of North Koreans gathered on Kim Il Sung square in Pyongyang to celebrate the new year with musical performances and fireworks.
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And North Korean leader Kim Jong Un paid his respects to the country’s former leaders to mark the New Year.
Kim also gave a speech, where he said he was willing to meet U.S. President Donald Trump at any time to achieve denuclearisation.
Different ways of celebrating the NEW YEAR around the world.