Happy New Year 2020 Celebrations Highlights: The world ushered in the new year with spectacular fireworks across various parts such as Sydney, Tokyo, Dubai and India. However, celebrations in Australia were dampened by deadly wildfires, whereas protests were the backdrop of festivities in Hong Kong. India also witnessed a similar scene with protests in certain parts of the national capital.
Partygoers in Dubai were left mesmerised by a laser and fireworks show at the Burj Khalifa while a million revellers thronged Sydney Harbour and nearby districts to watch fireworks explode above the city, even as thousands of people along Australia’s eastern seaboard sought refuge from the bushfires on beaches. Due to Australia’s geographical position being close to the International Date Line, it was one of the first countries in the world to welcome the New Year. In Canberra, fireworks were cancelled and event organisers said other activities, including live music performances, could also be cancelled.
At New York’s Times Square, the world-famous ball drop is the best place to witness the fireworks. Thousands of police officers were on duty for night’s festivities, along with specialised units armed with long guns, bomb-sniffing dogs and other measures.
New Year’s Day, which according to the Gregorian calendar falls on January 1, is one of the most popular occasions across the globe and people irrespective of religion, caste and creed celebrate it in their own ways. In many countries, people begin their celebrations on December 31, which continue until the wee hours of January 1. Merry-makers meet with their near and dear ones, hold themed parties, play games and ring in the New Year with great joy and gusto. In many places, the first day of the year is observed as a holiday.