Arrival of 2012
Countries around the world have been celebrating the
Countries around the world have been celebratin
g the arrival of 2012. In Australia, Sydney staged a spectacula r fireworks show with the theme "Time to Dream"
South Koreans celebrated New Year with a traditiona
l fire ceremony on top of a hill, near the demilitari sed zone with the North
Meanwhile, in Berlin, up to a million people celebrated the country's biggest New Year's Eve Party at the city's landmark Brandenbur
Thousands of people joined celebratio
ns in Red Square, Moscow, despite stringent security checks and a ban on alcohol
Large crowds of Spaniards counted down to 2012 in Puerta del Sol in Madrid, many of them observing a local tradition by eating 12 grapes in time with the chiming of the square's clock
Revellers in Brazil enjoyed a massive fireworks display at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro
Residents of Tokyo released balloons at midnight with messages attached listing their wishes for 2012.
At the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, visitors were showered with confetti during a light show to celebrate the arrival of 2012
Some 400,000 people turned out in Hong Kong to see a lavish fireworks display. In previous years Hong Kong businesses had paid for the celebratio
ns, but as purse-stri ngs tighten this year's event had to be funded by the taxpayer
In London, thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames to watch a dazzling fireworks display light up the night sky
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