Fireworks explode over the Chao Phraya River during the New Year celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand [Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters]
2022 is here in some countries, with the inhabitants of the South Pacific islands of Samoa and Kiribati the first to start the new year at 10:00 GMT, and New Zealand following an hour later.
In Australia, Sydney kicked off 2022 with six tonnes of colourful fireworks against the imposing backdrop of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
It will take 26 hours, up to 12:00 GMT on Saturday, for the entire globe to ring in the new year.
Many large parties and fireworks displays have been cancelled or scaled down due to a rise in coronavirus infections across the world.
Here are the latest pictorial updates from across the globe:
The Sydney Opera House is seen as fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia [Jaimi Joy/Reuters] People dance on Belgrade’s main pedestrian street during New Year’s Eve in Serbia [Darko Vojinovic/AP Photo] Workers of a political party and others cheer in front of a huge kite to welcome 2022 on New Year’s Eve in Ahmedabad, India [Ajit Solanki/AP Photo] Revellers celebrate the New Year at the Shibuya crossing in Tokyo, Japan [Androniki Christodoulou/Reuters] Fireworks explode over the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand [Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters] Fireworks explode over the Chao Phraya River during the New Year celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand [Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters] Only a few people walk on the boulevard ‘Strasse des 17. Juni’ in front of the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany [Markus Schreiber/AP Photo]
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