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The Globe Welcomes 2014 with Lights, Sounds, and Spectacle

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Producing loud sounds accompanied by pyrotechnic devices commonly known as fireworks has been a tradition of many in welcoming a new year. The practice originated from the ancient Chinese belief that making noise is a good way of scaring away bad spirits and attracting good luck.

Countries around the globe have their own way of observing this tradition. In New Year?s Eve of December 31, 2013, iconic landmarks showcased their fireworks display to welcome 2014 with a bang.

Included in the list are New York?s Times Square, Brazil?s Copacabana Beach, United Kingdom?s London Eye Observation Wheel, France?s Eiffel tower, Australia?s Opera House, and Dubai?s Burj Khalifa.

Times Square in New York exhibited displays of light while the clock counted down to zero. New Year?s Eve kisses were shared by couples to invite the blessing of spending the whole year together. The traditional ball drop signified the beginning of a new year.

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One of the most famous beaches in Brazil, The Copacabana Beach of Rio de Janeiro welcomed 2014 with bursting illuminations in the sky.

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The giant Ferris wheel of London United Kingdom a.k.a. London Eye Observation Wheel said hello to 2014 with striking fireworks too.

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The iconic Eiffel tower of France ignited the romantic spirits of viewers by means of an elegant display of fireworks on its background.

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Fireworks of different colors brightened Australia?s Opera House.

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The tallest man-made structure in the world, Dubai?s Burj Khalifa, drew viewers to hold their breath because of the record-breaking presentation of lights. Dubai now holds the Guinness Book of World Records? Largest Fireworks Display with over 500,000 pyrotechnic devices on air as the country bid goodbye to 2013.

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As the song ?Firework? of Katy Perry suggests, ?You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine. Just own the night??From the grandest celebration to the simplest one, welcoming New Year will surely be a blast of new beginnings, fresh hopes, and a bunch of gratefulness for each person all over the globe.

 

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