The new year is rung in from Australia to the Middle East

Revelers arrived early for New Year’s festivities in Melbourne

Mal Fairclough AFP Getty Images Revelers arrived early for New Year’s festivities in Melbourne

Notably, several celebrations are going across the world to give a cheerful goodbye to 2017 and welcome 2018 wholeheartedly.

Auckland in New Zealand has become the first major world city to welcome 2018.

"SkyCity is proud to deliver the annual Sky Tower fireworks display that's enjoyed by locals and visitors across various vantage points in Auckland, and watched by many millions more via internet and TV broadcast".

An earlier display was held for families wanting to ring in the New Year early. Police in the Philippines reported that scores of people were injured by firecrackers in raucous celebrations hours before midnight.

New Year Celebrations were marred in Australia with an unfortunate accident after a seaplane crashed into a river on Sunday. Police discouraged partygoers from burning auto tires in lieu of real fireworks, according to the Associated Press.

Indian girls pose for photographs with lighted candles during celebrations to welcome the new year in Bhopal, India, Dec. 31, 2017.

Security measures are ramped up across Turkey, which was hit by a New Year's attack a year ago that killed dozens in Istanbul.

In Berlin, thousands are expected to gallivant along what is known as "Party Mile" leading from Brandenburg Gate.

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