Sydney's £3.2m fireworks display marred by simple goof

Hogmanay fireworks over Edinburgh Castle in 2015

Izzy Erskine wrote: "Oh no it's 2018 again"; Neil Clark said: "Happy New Year 2018".

But the embarrassing gaffe was partially overshadowed by a spectacular, soul-tinged fireworks celebration.

He said Westminster politicians had given the world the impression that Britain is "insular, inward looking", as Britain begins the new year countdown to Brexit.

Many tweeters picked up on the political nature of the impressive display.

Sydney's New Year celebrations had an awkward moment for its party-goers when they were welcomed into the wrong year.

A group of journalists will usher in the New Year Monday along with tens of thousands of expected revelers in New York City's Times Square as the time-honored tradition of the annual ball drop recognizes journalism and free speech.

Police estimated that more than a million people would crowd the harbour to view the glittering fireworks.

They later went to see a spectacular fireworks display at Red Square.

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Earlier in the day, city residents had feared a drenched New Year's eve as rainfall was reported in most parts of the city. "That's what I hope for in 2019 and all the years to come".

In China, President Xi delivered a New Year speech in which he asked people to continue to work together to achieve "an unprecedented and great cause", Xinhua reports.

But a tower block gas explosion that killed at least four people cast a shadow over festivities. Dozens of people are still missing.

While in Athens, Greece, fireworks were launched near the ruins of the Parthenon.

The display was accompanied for the first time by a complimentary light show on Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Some 100,000 ticket-holders lined the banks of the Thames to watch 70,000 projectiles made up of eight tonnes of fireworks fire into the sky from three barges and the London Eye.

In Japan, bells at Buddhist temples chimed 108 times to mark the new year - a tradition that recalls the number of earthly desires a person must overcome to attain nirvana.

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