Few countries around the world welcomed 2021 with fireworks, but crowds were only allowed at some displays. New Zealand was one of the first countries in the world to welcome the New Year and fireworks lit up Hagley Park in Christchurch during New Year celebrations.
Fireworks exploded over the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as New Year celebrations began in Australia. Taiwan hosted its usual fireworks display by its capital city’s iconic tower, Taipei 101.Thailand ushered in the New Year with a fireworks display at the Iconsiam mall in Bangkok. Officials in Hong Kong cancelled the pyrotechnics over Victoria Harbour, as well as the annual iconic Lunar New Year parade in February. This makes 2021 the second year in a row the city has missed out on the usually lavish annual celebrations.
Japan rang in the New Year without its annual event at which Emperor Naruhito and other imperial family members greet members of the public. In Russia, President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual message online.