Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Year Night Around the World

ADELAIDE, Australia |

Colorful fireworks lit up the midnight sky over Sydney Harbour New Year arriving on a dazzling show seen by 1.5 million viewers who camped overnight.

 "Stunning, beautiful," said Cinthya Romo, a 32 year old Chilean living in Sydney and watched the show 12 minutes from the Opera House, where hundreds of people paid $ 500 each for the hearing and a party with beach theme.

 "This has to be the best place to be in the world tonight," said Marc Wilson, 41.

 A few hours earlier, New Zealand and many South Pacific islands were the first nations to welcome 2011.

 New Zealanders sang and danced while waiting for midnight with fireworks and concerts. In Auckland, explosions, red, gold and white decorated the sky above the Sky Tower, while tens of thousands of people shouted and danced in the streets around.

 In the southern city of Christchurch, thousands of celebrants ignored a weak earthquake of magnitude 3.3 was felt shortly before 10 pm and held at the Plaza de la Catedral.

 As the clock hands were approaching midnight, cities across Asia are preparing to celebrate with a series of events, from traditional prayers in Japan to a huge fireworks display as a dragon in Taiwan.

 In New York, is expected to nearly a million people gather in the streets of Times Square to watch the traditional ball drop marks the beginning of the year. The severe winter storm that paralyzed the city seemed to be over, after the city workers swept large amounts of snow and warmer temperatures help melt what was left.

 In South Korea, 100,000 people attended the ceremony of ringing the bell at midnight in downtown Seoul.

 In Japan, it was expected that thousands of people attended the Buddhist temple Zojoji, 600 years old, in downtown Tokyo, to release balloons with notes in which they write their wishes for 2011.

 For their part, the Vietnamese, who in the past paid little attention to the calendar change and instead celebrated the Lunar New Year starting on February 3 will have its first official celebration. In recent years, Western influence has had an impact on young Vietnamese, who remember the war and poverty and are eager to find reasons to celebrate.

 In Beijing, it was expected that about 500 people gathered at the Bell Museum of Antigua for a chance to ring the bell of the new year, about 46 tons.

 In Myanmar, the junta banned fireworks and said it will take stern measures against those who use or sell.

 In Europe, many want to simply forget about the economic problems in a year in which Greece and Ireland needed bailouts and others, like Spain and Portugal, face the fears that follow the same path.

 The Spanish traditionally gather in the main squares of the people to eat twelve grapes, one for each chime that tells the new year.

 In London, thousands will see a performance of music and fireworks at the London Eye tower, 135 meters, while in Paris many filled the Champs Elysees and the area near the Eiffel Tower.

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