It’s 2014 somewhere: GIFs from New Year’s around the world

December 31, 2013

New Year’s traditions vary hugely from country to country. But you can usually count on a few countdown constants, regardless of city — things like fireworks, rowdy crowds, possibly a local pop act (or 12). Millions of revelers have already said goodbye to 2013 tonight. Here’s how they’re ringing in 2014:

Auckland, New Zealand, was one of the first major cities to celebrate the New Year with arcs of fireworks off its Sky Tower — the tallest structure in the country.


(Via AP)

In Sydney two hours later, an expected 1.6 million people turned out to watch fireworks over the Sydney Opera House and nearby harbor bridge.


(Via Euronews)

Taipei, Taiwan, celebrated with a six-hour concert and $1 million of fireworks launched from the city’s landmark skyscraper, Taipei 101. Per the Taipei Times, the theme of the extravaganza was Yuan Zai — the local zoo’s six-month-old panda cub.


(Via taiwanreporter on Youtube)

More than 800,000 people gathered near Victoria Harbour for Hong Kong’s eight-minute fireworks display — “despite choking air pollution,” writes the South China Morning Post.


(Via AP)

We’ll continue updating this post with more GIFs as the night goes on.

Caitlin Dewey runs The Intersect blog, writing about digital and Internet culture. Before joining the Post, she was an associate online editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
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Caitlin Dewey · December 31, 2013