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Celebrations welcome new year 2014
Wednesday January 1, 2014 6:44 AM, IANS

People in different parts of the world Wednesday marked the beginning of the new year 2014, with New Zealanders being among the first to celebrate.

2014 New Year

People in New Zealand's Auckland city were among the first to celebrate. In Australia, hundreds of thousands gathered for a spectacular fireworks display around Sydney's Harbour Bridge, BBC reported.

East Asian cities were next to ring in the new year, with Beijing, Jakarta and Singapore all hosting celebrations.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people enjoyed watching fireworks over Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour.

In Japan, Shinto priests gathered at shrines, as Japanese traditionally visit shrines and temples to pray for their families at this time.

Dubai was aiming for a world record for the largest display. Dubai's fireworks display will be streamed live on the internet.

The show will feature a flying falcon made out of fireworks that will move across the emirate.

New year was also celebrated in various parts of India.

In Bangalore, hundreds of people, particularly youth, thronged popular hangouts like Brigade Road, M.G. Road, Commercial Street and Church Street in city to bid bye to 2013 and cheer in 2014 singing, dancing and greeting each other on the occasion.

The hangouts were brightly lit to add colour to the celebrations while in many areas a burst of crackers greeted the new year.

Police had stopped vehicular movement in these roads since 8.00 p.m. to facilitate free movement of the crowd gathering in the area.

Hundreds of policemen kept a watch on the revellers to ensure that the celebrations went off peacefully and very few women, many with their families, who also joined in the reverly were not harrassed.

New year eve celebrations were also held in many places across Karnataka including Mangalore, which has a large christian population, in the west coast, Mysore in the south and the twin cities of Hubli-Dharwad in the north.

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