The entire world is all decked out to ring in 2012.

Samoa, the tiny South Pacific nation, and the neighbouring Tokelau will be the first in the world to usher in the new year, followed by Chatham Islands, New Zealand.

Festivities have already started across the world to welcome 2012. Celebrations will include fireworks, dance parties, street shows, and colourful lights.

Some such glittering festive moments across the world have been captured here: