It's 2014 Somewhere

Images of celebrations from around the world

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 31, 2013 6:46 AM CST | Updated Dec 31, 2013 3:22 PM CST

(Newser) – It's that time of year again: Time for Australia and New Zealand to steal everybody else's thunder. Auckland has already rung in 2014, and Sydney has lit up the sky with its annual much-heralded firework extravaganza. In most of the rest of the world, everyone's still just getting ready. Dubai is planning to set the record for the world's largest fireworks display, the BBC reports, while in Cape Town, South Africa's celebratory concert will include a 3D Nelson Mandela tribute. We'll keep this story updated with photos as the new year rolls in.

Balinese girls in traditional costumes dance during a parade for this year's last sundown in Bali island, Indonesia on New Year's Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
Balinese girls in traditional costumes dance during a parade for this year's last sundown in Bali island, Indonesia on New Year's Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Fireworks explode near the Harbor Bridge and the Opera House during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
Fireworks explode near the Harbor Bridge and the Opera House during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Fireworks explode near the Harbor Bridge and the Opera House during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
Fireworks explode near the Harbor Bridge and the Opera House during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Balinese girls in traditional costumes gather during a parade for this year's last sundown in Bali island, Indonesia on New Year's Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
Balinese girls in traditional costumes gather during a parade for this year's last sundown in Bali island, Indonesia on New Year's Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Balinese children wearing traditional costumes dance during a parade for this year's last sundown in Bali island, Indonesia on New Year's Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
Balinese children wearing traditional costumes dance during a parade for this year's last sundown in Bali island, Indonesia on New Year's Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
People walk on a beach as the sun sets on New Year’s Eve over the Bay of Bengal in Puri, India, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
People walk on a beach as the sun sets on New Year’s Eve over the Bay of Bengal in Puri, India, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)
People shop for Christmas decorations on New Year's Eve in downtown Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2012.
People shop for Christmas decorations on New Year's Eve in downtown Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2012.   (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
Migrant workers queue to pass a security check to get to the Red Square ahead of New Year's Eve festivities, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
Migrant workers queue to pass a security check to get to the Red Square ahead of New Year's Eve festivities, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Fireworks explode over the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
Fireworks explode over the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Pakistani students walk as they hold posters ahead of New Year's Eve in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Poster at left reads, good bye 2013.
Pakistani students walk as they hold posters ahead of New Year's Eve in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Poster at left reads, "good bye 2013."   (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
A Thai anti-government protester waves national flag as dancers perform on the stage, background, during a rally on New Year's Eve at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
A Thai anti-government protester waves national flag as dancers perform on the stage, background, during a rally on New Year's Eve at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)
Buddhists attend New Year's Eve celebrations at the Bongeun Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
Buddhists attend New Year's Eve celebrations at the Bongeun Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Buddhist monks hold candle lights during New Year's Eve celebrations at Bongeun Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
Buddhist monks hold candle lights during New Year's Eve celebrations at Bongeun Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Pope Francis kisses a baby Jesus statue as he arrives to celebrate a New Year's Eve vespers service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
Pope Francis kisses a baby Jesus statue as he arrives to celebrate a New Year's Eve vespers service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
A fireworks display is set off from the Taipei101 skyscraper during New Year's Eve celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
A fireworks display is set off from the Taipei101 skyscraper during New Year's Eve celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Fireworks explode at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre over the Victoria Harbor during New Year's Eve to celebrate the start of 2014 in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014
Fireworks explode at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre over the Victoria Harbor during New Year's Eve to celebrate the start of 2014 in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
A massive fireworks display launches from the Taipei101 skyscraper during the New Year's Eve celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
A massive fireworks display launches from the Taipei101 skyscraper during the New Year's Eve celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Revelers watch a fireworks display launched from the Taipei101 skyscraper during New Year's Eve celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
Revelers watch a fireworks display launched from the Taipei101 skyscraper during New Year's Eve celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Fireworks explode over the financial district at midnight, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 in Singapore.
Fireworks explode over the financial district at midnight, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 in Singapore.   (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Laser lights shoot from a tower during a New Year's Eve count down to 2014 held at the Great Wall of China in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
Laser lights shoot from a tower during a New Year's Eve count down to 2014 held at the Great Wall of China in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Laser lights shoot from towers during a New Year's Eve count down to 2014 held at the Great Wall of China in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
Laser lights shoot from towers during a New Year's Eve count down to 2014 held at the Great Wall of China in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Pope Francis celebrates a New Year's Eve vespers service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
Pope Francis celebrates a New Year's Eve vespers service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
The first-ever Bangkok Ball Drop at lebua - the world's highest New Year's Eve ball Drop - on Wednesday 1st January 2014, Thailand.
The first-ever Bangkok Ball Drop at lebua - the world's highest New Year's Eve ball Drop - on Wednesday 1st January 2014, Thailand.   (Luke Duggleby/AP Images for lebua Hotels & Resorts)
Fireworks light up the sky as thousands of people gather to watch, in the main business district on New Year's Eve in Jakarta, Indonesia, late Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
Fireworks light up the sky as thousands of people gather to watch, in the main business district on New Year's Eve in Jakarta, Indonesia, late Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
Veronica Boshen and Brittany Wells, of Allentown, Pa., pose for a photo with their 2014 glasses while waiting for the celebration to begin in Times Square on New Year's Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in New York.
Veronica Boshen and Brittany Wells, of Allentown, Pa., pose for a photo with their 2014 glasses while waiting for the celebration to begin in Times Square on New Year's Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in...   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York City police officers gather in Times Square in preparation for the New Year's Eve ball drop, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in New York.
New York City police officers gather in Times Square in preparation for the New Year's Eve ball drop, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in New York.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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