The World Says ‘Hello’ to 2019, ‘Goodbye’ to an Unsettling Year
People around the world are saying goodbye to what many considered to be a troubling year.
Here's a look at how people are celebrating the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019.
The Pacific island nation of Kiribati was the first in the world to ring in the new year. In the capital Tarawa, many celebrated with church services and mostly quiet private events.
In Auckland, New Zealand, tens of thousands of people gathered around the 328-meter Sky Tower to watch a fireworks show. In other places, huge crowds gathered on beaches and streets as fireworks went off above city centers and seaports.
An estimated one million people crowded the Sydney Harbor, as Australia's largest city began the new year with a memorable fireworks celebration. More than 1 billion people around the world were expected to watch the fireworks on television. This year's fireworks show was one of the most complex in Australia's history.
North and South Korea
Thousands of South Koreans were expected to fill the streets of the capital Seoul for a traditional bell ringing ceremony near City Hall.
And North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is expected to give his yearly address on New Year's Day. In his New Year's speech last year, Kim spoke of talks with South Korea to reduce tensions and said the North would be willing to take part in South Korea's Winter Olympics.
New Year's Eve is not celebrated widely in mainland China. The lunar New Year in February is a more important holiday. But countdown events were being held in major cities.
Beijing held an event with important guests at the main site of the 2008 Summer Olympics. The event looked ahead to the 2022 Winter Games, which will also be held in the Chinese capital.
In Hong Kong, the city's tallest building was brightly lit. There also was a show of fireworks, music and lights over Victoria Harbor. About 300,000 people were expected to gather along the port.
Hundreds of Thais traveled to a Buddhist religious center near the capital Bangkok to lie inside coffins for traditional funeral rituals. Those who take part believe the ceremony removes bad luck and permits them to be born again for a fresh start in the new year.
New York City
Famous musicians and people from all over the world will gather in Times Square in New York City to welcome 2019.
Watchers are expected to start gathering early in the afternoon Monday. The celebration will take place under strict security, as people wait for the traditional midnight crystal ball drop.
I'm Jonathan Evans.
1.The lunar New Year 农历新年
The Lunar New Year is a great occasion to the Chinese people.
2.island nation 岛国
A group of military officers in Madagascar say they have taken control of the island nation.
3.born again 再生
He was really born again five years later.
4.bad luck 厄运
I had a lot of bad luck during the first half of this season.
5.Kim spoke of talks with South Korea to reduce tensions and said the North would be willing to take part in South Korea's Winter Olympics.
take part in 参加
You don't need strength to take part in this sport.
You can take part in activities from canoeing to bird watching.
6.The celebration will take place under strict security, as people wait for the traditional midnight crystal ball drop.
take place 发生；举行
The meeting will take place as planned.
She wanted Hugh's wedding to take place quickly.
太平洋岛国基里巴斯是全球首个敲响新年钟声的国家 。在该国首都塔拉瓦，很多人通过到教堂做礼拜和参加安静的私人聚会来庆祝新年 。
在新西兰的奥克兰，数万人聚集在328米高的天空塔周围欣赏烟花表演 。在其它地方，随着烟花在市中心和海港的上空绽放，大量人群汇聚海滩和街道上 。
预计，朝鲜领导人金正恩将在元旦当天发表一年一度的新年讲话 。在去年的新年演讲中，金正恩谈到与韩国举行会谈以缓解紧张局势，并表示朝鲜有意参加韩国举行的冬奥会 。
中国大陆并未大肆庆祝元旦，二月的农历新年才是更为隆重的节日 。但是各大主要城市都举办了新年倒计时活动 。
北京在2018年夏季奥运会主会场与重要来宾举行了一场活动 。该活动展望了2022年即将在中国首都举行的冬奥会 。
再来看看香港，这座城市最高的建筑灯火通明 。维多利亚港上空还有烟花、音乐和灯光表演，预计会有30万人聚集在港口观赏 。
数百名泰国人前往首都曼谷附近的一间佛寺，躺进棺材来举行传统的葬礼仪式 。参加的信众认为，该仪式可以辟邪挡灾，让他们新年迎新气象 。
预计现场观众将在周一下午早些时候聚集 。该庆祝活动将在严密的安保措施下进行，人们都在静候传统的午夜水晶球滚落 。