Happy New Year everybody. Who stayed up till midnight for the big countdown, and who was fast asleep in bed? I went to bed at my usual time, but was awake for the 'big moment', and watched all the big displays being shown on the news. Every country will claim to have had the best show, and it is all really a question of taste and patriotism. So instead of dictating my opinion, I'll let you decide for yourself. Here is a list of some of the most spectacular fireworks displays that took place in the major capital cities across the world. Which is your favourite?
For the first time in more than a decade, Sydney's fireworks display was launched from four sails of the Sydney Opera House. The centrepiece to the show was on Sydney Harbour Bridge, and twice the size of last year. As one of the first countries to celebrate New Year, Australia set the mark.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai broke the record for the largest fireworks display ever. The action centred around Burj Khalifa; at eight hundred and twenty-eight metres high, it is the tallest building in the world, and was lit up like a giant Christmas tree. Kuwait held the last record with seventy-seven thousand fireworks, but Dubai completely blew them out of the water with a six-minute display that included five hundred thousand fireworks from four hundred launch pads.
St. Basil Cathedral in Red Square was the backdrop to Moscow's fireworks display. It looked like a Disney Princess Palace on the night of a royal wedding.
Firing off to the chime of Big Ben, London's fireworks display was a ten-minute extravaganza, with the London Eye taking centre stage. It lit up like a Catherine wheel, and the fireworks were so intense that it sometimes disappeared in a blinding white light that would make you think the gun powder plot had been a success. The display included a multi-sensory experience with banana flavoured confetti.