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