Happy New Year, World

It's 2013 somewhere

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 31, 2012 8:22 AM CST

(Newser) – It's already 2013 somewhere! Australia of course rang in the New Year first, with a typically brilliant firework display over Sydney Harbour at around 8am East Coast time. Since then, revelers have rung in 2013 across Asia, with notable celebrations in Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Kuala Lampur, and more. Perhaps one of the coolest displays so far came in Taipei, where fireworks were shot out from the side of Taipei 101, the world's second-tallest building.

Click through the gallery for a vicarious burst of early cheer, or see more examples of people entering the new year. (Click to read why Burma's NYE celebration is an unusual one.)

A firework display explodes off Taiwan's tallest skyscraper Taipei101 to usher in the New Year in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
A firework display explodes off Taiwan's tallest skyscraper Taipei101 to usher in the New Year in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.   (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
A firework display explodes off Taiwan's tallest skyscraper Taipei101 to usher in the New Year in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
A firework display explodes off Taiwan's tallest skyscraper Taipei101 to usher in the New Year in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.   (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
India has cancelled New Year's celebrations to mourn the death of a gang rape victim in New Delhi, but that doesn't mean there aren't some festive displays, like this sand sculpture in Bhubaneswar.
India has cancelled New Year's celebrations to mourn the death of a gang rape victim in New Delhi, but that doesn't mean there aren't some festive displays, like this sand sculpture in Bhubaneswar.   (AP Photo/ Biswaranjan Rout)
Fireworks explode in the sky above Sydney Harbour during the New Year celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
Fireworks explode in the sky above Sydney Harbour during the New Year celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Fireworks explode behind the Opera House during the New Year celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
Fireworks explode behind the Opera House during the New Year celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Fireworks explode Sydney Harbour bridge during the New Year celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
Fireworks explode Sydney Harbour bridge during the New Year celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Fireworks explode in the sky above Sydney Harbour during the pre New Years Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.
Fireworks explode in the sky above Sydney Harbour during the pre New Years Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Fireworks light up the sky to welcome the New Year Tuesday January 1, 2013 at the scenic Manila Bay in Manila, Philippines.
Fireworks light up the sky to welcome the New Year Tuesday January 1, 2013 at the scenic Manila Bay in Manila, Philippines.   (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Fireworks light up the sky to welcome the New Year Tuesday January 1, 2013 at the scenic Manila Bay in Manila, Philippines.
Fireworks light up the sky to welcome the New Year Tuesday January 1, 2013 at the scenic Manila Bay in Manila, Philippines.   (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Performers react as fireworks explode over the Singapore financial district to mark the start of the new year on Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013 in Singapore.
Performers react as fireworks explode over the Singapore financial district to mark the start of the new year on Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013 in Singapore.   (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
People are silhouetted as fireworks explode over the Singapore financial district to mark the start of the new year on Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013 in Singapore.
People are silhouetted as fireworks explode over the Singapore financial district to mark the start of the new year on Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013 in Singapore.   (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Fireworks explode over the Singapore financial district to mark the start of the new year on Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013 in Singapore.
Fireworks explode over the Singapore financial district to mark the start of the new year on Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013 in Singapore.   (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Fireworks explode at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre over the Victoria Harbor to celebrate the 2013 New Year in Hong Kong Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013
Fireworks explode at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre over the Victoria Harbor to celebrate the 2013 New Year in Hong Kong Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Fireworks explode next to a lighthouse at Kap Arkona on the German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea on New Year's Eve, Monday, Dec. 31. 2012.
Fireworks explode next to a lighthouse at Kap Arkona on the German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea on New Year's Eve, Monday, Dec. 31. 2012.   (AP Photo/dapd, Jens Koehler)
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