Happy New Year, World

It's 2013 somewhere
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2012 8:22 AM CST
Australia Welcomes 2013
A firework display explodes off Taiwan's tallest skyscraper Taipei101 to usher in the New Year in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.   (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

(Newser) – It's already 2013 somewhere! Australia of course rang in the New Year first, with a typically brilliant firework display over Sydney Harbour at around 8am East Coast time. Since then, revelers have rung in 2013 across Asia, with notable celebrations in Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Kuala Lampur, and more. Perhaps one of the coolest displays so far came in Taipei, where fireworks were shot out from the side of Taipei 101, the world's second-tallest building.

Click through the gallery for a vicarious burst of early cheer, or see more examples of people entering the new year. (Click to read why Burma's NYE celebration is an unusual one.)

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