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New York rings in 2020 with iconic Times Square ball drop

New York welcomed the New Year, 2020 at midnight Wednesday (January 1) with its century-long tradition of the iconic drop of a Waterford crystal ball on Times Square in New York. 

Times Square erupted with fireworks and cheers as thousands of hardy merrymakers braved the weather and watched the glowing New Year’s Eve ball complete its midnight descent to mark the start of 2020.

For the multitudes who gathered in the famed midtown Manhattan crossroads, the thrilling moment was reward for enduring hours of standing amid tight security during the waning hours of 2019.

The tradition of watching a giant ball drop from a pole on top of the narrow building at the head of Times Square in midtown Manhattan began in 1907.

The rest of the world also celebrated the New Year with fireworks displays from Sydney to London, although celebrations were clouded by deadly wildfires in Australia, protests in Hong Kong and India and new nuclear tensions with North Korea.

(Production: Mana Rabiee)

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