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New year celebrations happening around the country and world

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It's officially 2018 and people across the world rang in the new year in style.

Locals in China were some of the first people in the world to celebrate 2018. Celebrants were braving the cold to take part in the festivities, which included a light show and cultural performance at the public square.

The Yongdingmen gate, a rebuilt version of the Ming dynasty-era landmark, was featured in the celebrations.

The city rang in the new year after Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a speech, where he promised that by 2020 all rural workers will be lifted out of poverty.

In Dublin, Ireland people ushered in 2018 with fireworks, water displays and other celebrations including magnetic green fireworks and an exciting light display. Dublin also featured performances on the water by people with jet-packs.

Here in the U.S. Seattle kicked off 2018 with a dazzling fireworks show above the iconic Space Needle. Thousands of people gathered to view the largest display of fireworks in the 26 year history of the show. 

The display lit up the sky for about eight minutes.

A large crowd gathered along the waterfront in San Francisco to ring in the new year. The fireworks launched at the stroke of midnight from a barge at Pier 14.

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