World Begins to Say Last Goodbyes to 2009 བོད་སྐད།

As many cities around the world make last-minute preparations to bring in 2010, a handful of others in the Asia Pacific region have already said goodbye to 2009.

Fireworks exploded over the skies of Auckland, New Zealand when the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2010, becoming the first major city to celebrate New Year's Day. Auckland is one of a handful of cities which has already ushered out 2009 because of its location near the International Date Line.

The worldwide celebratory mood is tempered by the lingering threat of terrorism, brought on by the failed in-flight bomb attack of a U.S. jetliner on Christmas Day, as well the global economic slowdown that hung over much of 2009.