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World rings in New Year

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 01:31

Cities welcome 2015 with fireworks, balloons and in one country - new underwear. Jennifer Davis reports.

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New Zealanders are among the first in the world to usher in the New Year - with a fireworks display at Auckland's landmark Sky Tower that sent bright colors erupting through the night sky over the city's harbor. An estimated one-and-a-half million people lined Australia's Sydney Harbor at the stroke of midnight for a spectacular show involving seven tons of fireworks over the Harbor Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Japanese revelers welcome 2015 by releasing hundreds of balloons in front of Tokyo Tower. Fireworks explode off Taiwan's tallest skyscraper. And North Korea stages a 15 minute long fireworks display in Pyongyang -- watched by thousands-- although no sign of that country's leader. And then there's Bolivia - where folks are flocking to shops and street markets to find the perfect pair of lucky underwear to welcome 2015. In accordance with their annual tradition, Bolivians swap their old underwear for red or yellow undergarments at midnight in the hopes of ushering in a prosperous new year. Red is believed to bear love, while yellow is thought to bring money.

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World rings in New Year

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 01:31