Taiwan's tallest skyscraper, the Taipei 101 tower, rang in the New Year with its annual fireworks display, Wednesday, January 1.

As per tradition dating from 2004-5, the spectacular display was launched from Taipei's iconic 509-meter-tall tower. Thousands of people gathered on the streets near the building which is among the world's 10 tallest buildings.

The display lasted five minutes and included 16,000 fireworks, according to Taipei 101's website.

People across the world are gathering for traditional celebrations to welcome the year 2020. Revelers in New Zealand and other Pacific islands were among the first to celebrate the new year with fireworks displays.

Events elsewhere in the world are being overshadowed by other concerns, including in Australia where the fireworks show in Sydney is going forward as other communities in the country cancel theirs due to fears of making a wildfire crisis worse.

In Hong Kong, the usual fireworks show was canceled due to what officials said were security concerns in the city that has seen months of pro-democracy protests. (VOA/Reuters)

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