People the world over are finding festive ways to usher in the 2019 new year, as the Gregorian calendar’s 2018 year comes to a close at midnight on Dec. 31.

Many cities will use fireworks to celebrate the new year with a bang, as people in different countries carry out unique traditions ― from Spain, where they eat 12 grapes as the clock rings out the 12 strokes of midnight for good luck, to Brazil, where those celebrating beachside may run into the ocean’s waves.

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Check out this impressive fireworks countdown on Sydney Harbour Bridge!#SydNYE sets the standard for the rest of the world in #NewYearsEve celebrations

— ITV News (@itvnews) December 31, 2018

Happy New Year ????Wishing you and yours a happy, prosperous and safe 2019. Photo credit: Getty Images / City of Sydney #SydNYE #NewYearsEve #2019 #NYE

— Sydney Opera House (@SydOperaHouse) December 31, 2018 Singapore

Goodbye 2018, hello 2019! Singapore celebrates the New Year with spectacular fireworks at the Marina Bay countdown party

— Channel NewsAsia (@ChannelNewsAsia) December 31, 2018

Happy new year Singapore! Have a great 2019! ????#HappyNewYear2019 #NewYear2019 #fireworks

— AsiaOne (@asiaonecom) December 31, 2018 Japan

Happy New Year from Japan!#English #teacher in #Japan #Kyoto#NewYearsEve #fun #Countdown2019 #count0 #HappyNewYear2019

— Nicole Clement (@w36500days) December 31, 2018

Happy New Year Japan! Some spectacular fireworks at Appi Kogen ski resort in Tohoku #2019年 #HappyNewYear

— Hiroko Tabuchi (@HirokoTabuchi) December 31, 2018

The #NewYear2019 party's wild at #ShibuyaCrossing in Japan! ??

— AsiaOne (@asiaonecom) December 31, 2018 Hong Kong

Fireworks light up the sky above Hong Kong for New Year

— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) December 31, 2018

Hong Kong brings in the new year with fireworks, lights and music centred on Victoria Harbour#HappyNewYear2019

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