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It’s Already 2016 In Asia!!

NEW YEAR-ASIAPeople in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, China and parts of Russia have already rung in the New Year as they say farewell to 2015.

Security will be on the minds of most cities as the past year has been marred with terror attacks, which has left nations reeling and nerves rattled.

Fireworks fill the sky of downtown Jakarta, explode over the Esplanade and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, produce a stunning effect in front of Malaysia’s landmark building, Petronas Twin Towers, and prompt a burst a colour in Manila as Filipinos welcome the New Year.

And in South Korea, people celebrated at Imjingak peace park in the border city of Paju near the demilitarised zone dividing North and South Korea.

THAILAND: Fireworks light up the sky over Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) during New Year celebrations in Bangkok overnight

THAILAND: Devotees light up candles as they pray with Buddhist monks to celebrate 2016 at Wat Su Thatsana Temple in Bangkok

INDIA: Indians throng a main thoroughfare as they celebrate during a count down to the year 2016 at Lucknow in India

CHINA:  Chinese people celebrate the start of 2016 during the New Year's Eve count down to 2016 at  Ancestral Temple in Beijing

IRAQ: Iraqis welcome in 2016 during a New Year's Eve celebration in a park in Basra, 340 miles south-east of Baghdad

MYANMAR: Firework are seen near the Myanmar landmark Shwedagon pagoda during the 2016 countdown at Kandawgyi Park in Yangon

MYANMAR: People light fireworks during the New Year countdown at the Kandawgyi Park in YangonMYANMAR: People light fireworks during the New Year countdown at the Kandawgyi Park in Yangon
CHINA: 
 Lanterns on a river in Zhouzhuang of China's Jiangsu province. Tourists put hundreds of lanterns in the river to mark the New Year

CHINA: People fly Kongming lanterns, or small hot-air paper balloons, to celebrate the 2016
 New Year celebrations in Harbin overnight

INDONESIA: Fireworks explode as thousands of people gather to watch, in the main business district on New Year's Eve in Jakarta

INDONESIA: Fireworks fill the sky of downtown Jakarta during a countdown event to celebrate the New Year

PHILIPPINES: Fireworks light up the sky as Filipinos welcome the New Year under a slight drizzle in Manila in the Philippines

PHILIPPINES: Traditionally Filipinos welcome the New Year with firecrackers, fireworks and midnight snacks known as 'media noche'

SINGAPORE:  Fireworks explode over the Esplanade and Marina Bay Sands as Singapore celebrates the New Year

MALAYSIA: Fireworks explode in front of Malaysia's landmark building, Petronas Twin Towers, during the New Year's Eve celebrationMALAYSIA: Fireworks explode in front of Malaysia’s landmark building, Petronas Twin Towers, during the New Year’s Eve celebration
HONG KONG: The city marked the beginning of 2016 with a spectacular fireworks display over Victoria Harbour lighting up the skylineHONG KONG: The city marked the beginning of 2016 with a spectacular fireworks display over Victoria Harbour lighting up the skyline
HONG KONG: This year, the display was based on the theme of 'love and joy' and created a flash of different colours across the waterHONG KONG: This year, the display was based on the theme of ‘love and joy’ and created a flash of different colours across the waterTAIWAN: Fireworks shot out from Taiwan's tallest skyscraper as people in Taipei - the country's capital city - saw in the New Year in styleTAIWAN: Fireworks shot out from Taiwan’s tallest skyscraper as people in Taipei – the country’s capital city – saw in the New Year in style
The Tapei 101 tower in Taiwan was lit up as fireworks streamed down from the building as the clock struck midnight
The Tapei 101 tower in Taiwan was lit up as fireworks streamed down from the building as the clock struck midnight

CHINA: Dancers perform during a New Year countdown event at Tai Miao, the imperial ancestral temple in the Forbidden City, in Beijing

SOUTH KOREA: A couple take a selfie as they share a midnight kiss at Imjingak Peace Park in the border city of Paju in South Korea 

SOUTH KOREA: New Year celebrations in South Korea take place on the border near North Korea, where there was a huge fireworks display 

JAPAN: People in Tokyo saw in the new year by releasing helium balloons at the stroke of midnight around the Tokyo Tower

JAPAN: People write their new year wishes on cards placed inside the balloons and release them in a traditional ceremony in Tokyo

JAPAN: New Year celebrations in the big Japanese cities are often muted as many people head to their hometowns to see in the year ahead

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