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Thursday, 01 January 2015 - 8:40
World celebrations bring in 2015
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Celebrations for the start of 2015 have taken place across Asia and Europe, with firework displays in a host of major cities.

New Zealand led the way, with Sydney Harbour providing a spectacular backdrop to Australia's display.

Europe's celebrations began in Moscow with fireworks over St Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin.

Up to 1.5 million people lined the shores of Sydney harbour to see the city's famous firework display.

Celebration plans were muted in Indonesia in the wake of the recent AirAsia Flight crash.

But across the rest of Asia there were lavish parties, with a sound and light show at Beijing's Olympic stadium and an eight-minute firework display in Hong Kong.


In London the celebrations were centred around the London Eye in the middle of London


2015 is the "Year of the Sheep" in China, as illustrated by this student in eastern Shandong province


It was a similar picture from students in Ahmadabad, India


Grandfather Frost - the Russian equivalent of Father Christmas - and his granddaughter joined Kyrgyzstan's new year parade in Bishkek


Shinto priests conduct an end of year ritual ahead of the new year at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. Over the coming days, more than three million people are expected to visit the shrine to pray for health and prosperity in 2015



People hung wooden plaques with wishes or prayers for 2015 at the shrine


Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour was lit up by fireworks as the clock hit midnight


A woman prays during new year celebrations at Jogye Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea


Moscow's skyline lit up as fireworks flared over the Kremlin and St Basil's Cathedral


Runners in Brazil's annual Sao Silvestre race in Sao Paulo warmed up for the night of celebration with a 15km run


In Italy people welcomed the new year on the Piazza Venezia in Rome


In Greece a firework display was held in central Athens


In France revellers gathered near the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees Avenue in Paris


The Gulf Arab emirate of Dubai aimed to break the world record for the largest LED-illuminated facade


Sydney's Harbour Bridge was the centrepiece of the city's new year fireworks


Students at China's Shenyang Agriculture University found their own way of marking the start of 2015
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