Dubai launched a fireworks show from the world's tallest building, Sydney honored the artists who died this year, and the U.S. geared up for the bash. - From NBCNews.com
by Alastair Jamieson, Erik Ortiz and Andy Eckardt Revelers rang in 2017 across Asia and parts of the Middle East and Europe with dazzling fireworks displays at midnight, draping skylines from Sydney to Singapore and Bangkok to Berlin with sparkling bursts of color.
The glittering festivities over Sydney's famed harbor and bridge featured Saturn and star-shaped fireworks set to "Space Oddity," the classic song by Bowie — one of the seemingly endless parade of beloved entertainers who died in 2016.
Federal officials have ranked the celebration just below the Super Bowl and on par with the festivities in Times Square.
Related: Trump Tweets to 'Enemies' as World Leaders Share New Year's Messages In Paris, Tourists and French revelers swarmed along Paris' illuminated Champs Elysees Avenue on a frosty night, admiring the laser display from the Arc de Triomphe and lines of trees sparkling with lights.
Pope Francis called on the faithful to help young people find a place in society, and said during vespers on New Year's Eve that young people have been "pushed to the margins of public life, forcing them to migrate or to beg for jobs that no longer exist, or fail to promise them a future." The year didn't end in celebration for everyone in Germany.