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Sydney's New Year's Eve fireworks show went ahead despite tens of thousands signing a petition imploring authorities to call it off because of Australia's deadly wildfires. Photo: Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images

From New Zealand to New York City, crowds have gathered to ring in the new year and the start of a new decade.

The big picture: The Pacific island nations of Tonga, Samoa, and Kiribati were the first in the world to mark the arrival of 2020, when it was still 5 a.m. on New Year's Eve on the U.S. East Coast. Here's how events have been unfolding around the U.S. and the world, in photos.

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The 2020 NHL Winter Classic New Year's Eve Bash in Dallas, Texas. Photo: Minas Panagiotakis/NHLI via Getty Images
Fireworks and strobe lights illuminating the Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom theme park in Florida. Photo: Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images
Confetti fills the air over top of revelers in New York City's Times Square. Photo: Gary Hershorn/Getty Images
Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Daniel Ramalho/AFP via Getty Images
General de Gaulle bridge at Ebrie in Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast. Photo: Sia Kambou/AFP via Getty Images
Celebrations at the London Eye in central London. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images
Pro-democracy protesters gather at the promenade of Tsim Sha Tsui district as they take part in a rally and celebrate New Year's Eve in Hong Kong. Photo: Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images
The Champs Elysees in Paris. Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty Images
The Quadriga statue on the Brandenburg Gate during the fireworks in Berlin. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
People in light-costumes welcome the new year in Coin, near Malaga, Spain. Photo: JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images
New Year's celebrations in Amsterdam. Photo: Paco Nunez/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Heroes Square in Budapest. Photo: Arpad Kurucz/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Revelers gather at Kizilay Square in Ankara. Photo: Ozge Elif Kizil/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
A boy spins burning steel wool with a sling during celebrations in Rajpura town, India. Photo: Saqib Majeed/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Singapore ushers in the new year at Marina Bay. Photo: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images
People cheer the new year in Manila. Photo: Maria Tan/AFP via Getty Images
Fireworks illuminate the night sky over Sulaymaniyah, Iraq. Photo: Fariq Faraj Mahmood/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Above, Burj Khalifa fireworks in Dubai. Photo: WIN-Initiative/Getty Images. Below, fireworks in Auckland, New Zealand.
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Editor's note: This article has been updated with more images and details of New Year's events around the world.

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