Approximately one-million Australians gathered around Sydney Harbor to bring in the New Year together by watching one of the world’s most spectacular fireworks shows. Two brief pyrotechnic “appetizers” delighted Aussie crowds with colorful hues bursting above at 9pm and at 10pm, prepping them for the dazzling display that would usher in 2014. When the clock struck 12 midnight, the skies over Sydney’s iconic Opera House and Harbor Bridge were illuminated for 12 amazing minutes by seven tons of fabulous fireworks. The incredible kaleidoscope of colors included 1,000 fireworks launched from the Sydney Opera House for the first time in 10 years.
While the fireworks extravaganza over Sydney Harbor is the best known Australian New Year’s Eve celebration, millions of Aussies enjoyed festivities across the country in Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and other cities and towns throughout Australia. Around 600,000 people were entertained in Melbourne as 7.5 tons of fireworks burst overhead, being fired from 22 different locations throughout the city. Crowds in Brisbane were treated to the largest fireworks show in Queensland history, while the Sydney to Hobart yacht race concluded in Australia’s island state of Tasmania with a tasty food festival. Australia’s capital city of Canberra came alive New Year’s Eve with fireworks and music, while cricket fans in Adelaide cheered on their favorite team as brilliant hues lit up the skies above the Big Bash League competition. Whether you live in the “Land Down Under” or hope to immigrate to Australia in the future, may the New Year of 2014 bring you and your family much happiness, prosperity and good health!