Millions ring in 2023 as celebrations kick off around the world

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Early fireworks explode over Sydney Opera House during the New Year's Eve celebrations, in Sydney, Australia, December 31, 2022. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy (REUTERS)

Millions around the world will be ringing in the New Year in massive celebrations – many for the first time since 2019.

The first place in the world that saw 2023 were the small Pacific island nations of Tonga, Samoa and Kiribati/Christmas Island at 10:00 am UK time.

Images from Sydney, Australia show revellers getting ready to party the night away as they are not far behind.

Tonight in Scotland, thousands of people will attend Edinburgh’s traditional Hogmanay celebrations as they return for the first time in three years.

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In London, large crowds are expected to travel to the capital to see the fireworks and enjoy celebrations without restrictions.

However, the Met Office has warned of an “unsettled” New Year weekend for much of the UK.

It has been a grim year with the continuing war in Ukraine, global warming issues and increased cost of living, but despite Covid being on the rise again, the UK is at last able to enjoy New Year parties without the tight restrictions of before.

For at least today, millions are looking forward to finishing 2022 on a positive note of the human spirit as we live in the hope 2023 brings more joy.

Join us as we celebrate ringing in the New Year across the world.