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Last Updated: Monday December 31 2007 11:56 GMT

In pictures: New Year's Eve around the world

The first of the New Year's Eve fireworks went off with a bang in Sydney, Australia. This display happened before midnight so kids there could see them

The first of the New Year's Eve fireworks went off with a bang in Sydney, Australia. This display happened before midnight so kids there could see them before they went to bed

A huge light that looked like a clock timer counted down to midnight under Sydney Harbour Bridge- a famous landmark in Australia

A huge light that looked like a clock timer counted down to midnight under Sydney Harbour Bridge- a famous landmark in Australia.

People in Japan are celebrating the New Year too - although the 'Year of the Rat' won't start til 7 February

People in Japan are celebrating the New Year too - although the 'Year of the Rat' won't start til 7 February. But the shops are already full of rat merchandise!

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in the streets of Hong Kong for their celebrations

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in the streets of Hong Kong for their celebrations

This is actually a huge sculpture made of ice! It's all lit up to mark the start of 2008 in China

This is actually a huge sculpture made of ice! It's all lit up to mark the start of 2008 in China

Check out this skyscraper in Taiwan! It was part of a huge countdown to the new year

Check out this skyscraper in Taiwan! It was part of a huge countdown to the new year



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