Germany buries the year 2019. With fireworks all over the country people have celebrated the turn of the year.
In berlin, hundreds of thousands of people attended the party at the brandenburg gate, where fireworks lit up the sky for minutes starting at midnight. The new year’s eve celebration in the capital is considered the biggest in germany. On the stage were music stars like DJ bobo and nico santos.
In north rhine-westphalia, too, people buried the new year with rowdy parties. In dusseldorf and colonia, for example, the police reported that the initial situation remained peaceful. In munich, people also celebrated exuberantly. There, the new year’s eve fireworks exploded at marienplatz and above the frauenkirche, among other places.
In the central city center of hanover there was a ban on boller bikes for the first time this year – and according to the police, it went down well. On new year’s eve, people who wanted to celebrate in the center of the city voluntarily threw more than 300 rockets and bangers into barrels filled with water.
Berlin also traditionally attracted many new year’s eve guests from abroad . The party mile at the brandenburg gate was already opened in the afternoon. Queues formed at the entrances, as the spokeswoman for the event said. This was also due to the security checks. One and a half hours before midnight it was so crowded that the entrances were closed.
On the stage numerous stars entertained the partying crowd. In addition to DJ bobo and nico santos, eagle eye cherry, bonnie tyler and alice merton also belong to the team. In contrast to previous years, there were hardly any unpleasant incidents until midnight and "only minor scuffles," according to a police spokeswoman. Assaults on helpers were not reported at first, nor were complaints about antanzereien.
In other countries, the new year had already begun many hours earlier: the inhabitants of some pacific islands were the first to bury the new year at 11 a.M. In the morning.00 a.M. CET the new year, a little later the people in new zealand and australia celebrated as well. In sydney, for example, the new year was buried at 2 p.M. German time with a colorful spectacle – according to the organizers, 8.5 tons of fireworks went off.
London’s fireworks display was also impressive. In the british capital, more than a hundred thousand people celebrated to the tolling of big ben’s bells – with eight tons of pyrotechnics, the fireworks display was, according to the organizers, the biggest in europe. The beatles hit "all you need is love" was played for the grand finale. Burgermeister sadiq khan dedicated the spectacle to all EU burgers living in the british capital in view of the approaching brexit.
Greeks, too, buried the new year with fireworks – over the acropolis, the landmark of athens. Although bollers were officially banned in rome, there were still crashes and bangs on every corner in the city center. Most people flocked to the giant party at circus maximus, where 1000 artists are scheduled to perform until new year’s eve.
It was quieter and more reflective in the vatican. Pope francis visited the sand crib on petersplatz after the traditional new year’s eve service. Earlier, he had remembered all those people who "lived and still live in enslaving and inhumane conditions".
The mood in russia remained more subdued. The capital city of moscow entered the new year with the traditional chime of the spassky tower at the kremlin. And on the red square and in the festively illuminated center everything was also prepared for a happy celebration. But the mood remained subdued because of the gas explosion on new year’s eve in the city of magnitogorsk, after which dozens of deaths are still to be expected.
The united arab emirates started the new year with a world record attempt for the longest fireworks display in terms of distance. The small emirate of ras al-chaima is trying to beat the previous record of 11.83 kilometers, according to its own figures. The fireworks lasted twelve minutes.
Many countries, however, still have to wait for the turn of the year. The last thing to happen is that people on the island of tutuila, which belongs to the american samoa group of islands, will bury the year 2019. There the residents celebrate at 12.00 o’clock CET on tuesday. At 13.00 o’clock the new year begins on baker island and howland island. But both are uninhabited.