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Sydney - Australia kicks off global New Year's Eve celebrations

by Matthews Estell
31 Dec 2011 at 19:14hrs | Views
The 9pm fireworks viewed from Mrs Macquarie's Chair. Photo: Janie Barrett
Sydney has kicked off global New Year's Eve celebrations with its early curtain raiser fireworks display.

Pyrotechnics erupted from the Sydney Harbour Bridge as the first round of family-friendly fireworks lit the sky above the Harbour.

One and a half million revellers watched the annual 9pm (AEST) extravaganza, featuring a stunning 10-minute barrage of fireworks launched from barges, city buildings and the Harbour Bridge.
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Earlier, revellers on Sydney foreshore enjoyed a traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony to cleanse the area of negative spirits and ready party-goers for the year ahead.

Crowds continue to pile into vantage points, eager to witness the midnight fireworks over the Harbour Bridge.

Fireworks burst over the Sydney Opera House as New Year's celebrations begin in Sydney (Pic: AP)

The Sydney sky is lit up by a spectacular array of fireworks to welcome in 2012




More than 1.5 million people crowded on to yachts and along the shores of the city's harbour to watch the shimmering pyrotechnic display designed around the theme "Time to Dream" - a nod to the eagerness many felt in moving forward after the rough year.

"It's about giving people the opportunity to dream of the year ahead and that hopefully it is a bit better than the year we've had," said Aneurin Coffey, producer of Sydney's New Year festivities.

Some of the fireworks formed the shape of clouds - "because every cloud has a silver lining," Mr Coffey said. Colourful lights beamed on to the centre of the bridge formed an "endless rainbow", symbolising hope.


Fireworks light up the skyline over Sydney Harbour during the midnight fireworks session as Sydney Celebrates New Year's Eve (Pic: Getty Images)

Fireworks light up the skyline over Sydney Harbour during the midnight fireworks session as Sydney Celebrates New Year's Eve (Pic: Getty Images)

Fireworks light up the skyline over Sydney Harbour during the midnight fireworks session as Sydney Celebrates New Year's Eve (Pic: Getty Images)
Fireworks light up the skyline over Sydney Harbour during the 9pm family fireworks (Pic: Getty Images)

The 'family fireworks' in Sydney began around 9pm local time - and were a warm up for the midnight display


Fireworks light up the skyline over Sydney Harbour during the 9pm family fireworks (Pic: Getty Images)

Fireworks light up the skyline over Sydney Harbour during the 9pm family fireworks (Pic: Getty Images)

Fireworks burst over the Sydney Opera House as New Year's celebrations begin in Sydney (Pic: AP)


Source - SMH

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