The city of Sydney in Australia not only spends millions of US dollars to put on one of the most spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks displays in the world – there are two fireworks displays there: the “family fireworks display” at 9 p.m. and the actual New Year’s fireworks display at midnight (2 p.m. our time). . Around a million spectators from all over the world await the city on and around the harbor.
Around a billion people traditionally watch on screens all over the world. At the center of the light show are the opera house and the Harbor Bridge – fireworks are set off on ships on both sides of the bridge. There are said to be more than 13,500 fireworks with all sorts of elaborate special effects in the harbor district.
In addition, for the first time ever, there will be light projections generated by artificial intelligence – which cause neither air nor noise pollution. A million onlookers are expected in the metropolis on the east coast, including visitors from Germany and other European countries.
For the people on the South Sea atoll of Kiritimati, 2024 has already begun – the approximately 7,300 residents started the new year at 11 a.m. German time. Just 15 minutes later, the Chatham Islands followed, about 800 kilometers east of New Zealand, to which the islands belong. The approximately 700 people who live on two of the ten islands in the archipelago live in their own time zone. An hour after Kiritimati, New Zealand and the island states of Samoa and Tonga celebrated the turn of the year.
In New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, the 328 meter high Sky Tower was already at the center of an elaborate light show.
Gigantic light spectacles are also planned in many Asian cities, including Singapore, where numerous onlookers are expected to watch the fireworks at Marina Bay with a view of the skyline.
In Bangkok, the mighty Chao Phraya River is once again at the center of the celebrations, in which the lights of the mega fireworks are traditionally reflected. Many wanted to party on party boats to experience the show up close.
Thailand, which follows the Buddhist calendar, starts the year 2567. American Samoa, which lies just 220 kilometers east of Samoa on the other side of the international date line, will be the last country to ring in the year 2024 – twelve hours after Germany.
China also welcomed the New Year – although much more quietly than other parts of the world. Although there are smaller celebrations in the People’s Republic, New Year’s Eve is not the highest priority for the Chinese. After all, according to the traditional lunar calendar, the New Year does not begin until February 10th. Only then does the family celebrate extensively and a huge wave of travel begins that moves hundreds of millions of people across the country.
n the Chinese special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau, New Year’s Eve is more important. In Hong Kong, tens of thousands gathered around Victoria Harbor to marvel at the large fireworks display.
In the South Korean capital Seoul, the New Year was rung in with the traditional tolling of bells. The three-meter-high bell in the center of the metropolis was struck exactly 33 times on Monday night, like every year. According to reports from South Korean broadcasters, tens of thousands of people gathered around the Bosin Pavilion with the large bronze bell to watch the ritual act in temperatures around freezing point.