As America and Europe gear up to celebrate New Year's Eve 2013, countries in the most eastern portion of the world have already rung in the New Year, with lavish celebrations in Tokyo, Australia, Hong Kong and South Korea.
Fireworks lit up the night sky over Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong to celebrate 2013. Citizens were also treated to a pyrotechnics show to welcome in 2013.
A New Year's Eve celebration in central Seoul was not as flashy, with Park Won-soon, the South Korean city's mayor, literally ringing in 2013 with the help of participants by hitting a traditional bell in Bosingak pavilion.
In Tokyo, the Tokyo Tower was lit up for the occassion as New Year's Eve 2013 celebrants released white balloons.
In Australia, the iconic Syndey Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge were illuminated by a lavish fireworks show. Australians were among the first in the world to celebrate 2013.
The United States, South America and Europe are still waiting to ring in 2013. If you live in an area still waiting on celebrating New Year's Eve, just click through the slideshow of celebrations around the world to get a glimpse of what's to come in the new year.
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