PHOTOS: New Year celebrations around the world

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(PIX11) — People across the world are ringing in the new year in different ways.

Australians gathered along the Sydney Harbor where a fireworks display exploded off the bridge. New Zealand also had their own fireworks display at the top of the Sky Tower.

In Beijing, locals promoted the city’s 2022 Winter Olympic bid at Olympic Park. The event included an appearance from their hockey team.

In Ecuador, dummies representing prominent politicians, sports personalities and artists were burned in a New Year’s tradition, which means good luck.

Meanwhile, New Year’s Eve revelers began descending on Times Square Wednesday afternoon to get the perfect spot to see the ball drop at midnight.

The New York Police Department beefed up security for the event where protesters are expected to make an appearance, and also searched attendees before they entered the barricaded area.

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