Others may prefer to countdown clubs, drinking their way into the New Year. Whichever way we cross over, the common thread is a celebration, and Nigerians know how to revel in style.
Now, the spirit of celebration extends far beyond Nigeria’s borders. Around the globe, many countries mark the new year in grand style, with fireworks blowing up the sky, so much so that even extraterrestrial beings would sit in wonder at the festivities on this blue planet.
Ulsan, South Korea
South Korea marked the new year in a way that celebrated their culture and tradition. Hundreds of drones flew above Ulsan, South Korea, forming the shape of a sinuous, fire-breathing dragon. The mythical creature illuminated the night sky, celebrating the Year of the Dragon.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
New Year’s Eve celebration is one of the biggest in Brazil. This year, Brazilians marked the New Year with an awesome display of fireworks at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. Revellers, dressed in white for the goddess Iemanjá, danced to samba beats, and traditional offerings were tossed into the ocean, carrying hopes and prayers for the year ahead.
The Eiffel Tower in Paris had its silhouette painted bright by golden fireworks. Couples enjoyed champagne while whispering promises under the glittering spectacle. The air vibrated with cheers and celebratory music.
Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong
Victoria Harbour exploded with light and sound; fireworks erupted from skyscrapers when Hong Kong’s clock tower chimed midnight. Cheers and joyful shouts erupted by revellers at the dazzling display.
In Wuhan, China, people released balloons into the air, carrying hopes and wishes for a prosperous and healthy year ahead.
Fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Over a million revellers at the harbour cheered into the new year.
In London, Big Ben’s majestic chimes resonated across the city, fireworks cascaded from the London Eye, and pubs overflowed with merrymakers, raising glasses in toasts to friends, family, and the promise of new adventures.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, lit up strikingly during the New Year celebrations in Dubai.
As the clock struck midnight in Edinburgh, fireworks erupted across the sky, filling the night with light and cheers. Revellers roared, sang, and embraced the new year.