New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the fireworks show.
Fireworks burst over the water of Marina Bay during the New Year countdown celebration.
Shinto priests hold a ceremony to offer New Year prayers at Kanda Myojin Shrine. Millions of Japanese people will visit shrines and temples across the country during the first three days of the new year to pray for the well-being of their families.
A Palestinian horseman rides on the beach at sunset a few hours prior to the new year's celebrations in west of Gaza city.
Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour during New Year celebrations in Hong Kong.
A Buddhist believer prays in front of lanterns during celebrations to mark the New Year at Jogye temple in central Seoul after midnight on January 1.