In pictures: Asia rings in 2020 new year

In pictures: Asia rings in 2020 new year

Singapore Countdown 2020
Singapore welcomes a new year and decade with spectacular fireworks against the iconic Marina Bay skyline. (Photo: Urban Redevelopment Authority)

SINGAPORE: From Pyongyang to Singapore, Asia welcomed the new decade - some with festivities and fireworks; others with protests and slogans.

Millions partied the night away at New Year's Eve countdowns or prepared for the new year with prayers and candles.

In Singapore, Mediacorp's Let's Celebrate 2020 which was held at The Promontory @ Marina Bay attracted a capacity crowd of 6,000 people, with over 9,000 passing through.

Mediacorp Let's Celebrate 2020 Stage 1
Mediacorp's Let's Celebrate 2020 which was held at The Promontory @ Marina Bay hit 6,000 capacity crowd, with over 9,000 people passing through.

Mediacorp Let's Celebrate Stage 2
Mediacorp's Let's Celebrate 2020 held at The Promontory @ Marina Bay, Singapore.

Astronauts
Mediacorp's Let's Celebrate 2020 held at The Promontory @ Marina Bay, Singapore. 

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Celebrations were muted in Hong Kong, where protesters formed giant human chains and marched through shopping malls, while Indians held citizenship law "protest parties" on Tuesday (Dec 31).

Here's how Asia crossed over into 2020:

2020 celebrations Asia - South Korea
A woman poses for a picture in front of a 2020 luminous sign after midnight during a countdown event to mark the New Year in central Seoul on Jan 1, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Jung Yeon-je)

New Year South Korea
People celebrate after midnight during a countdown event to mark the New Year at the Bosingak pavilion in central Seoul on Jan 1, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Jung Yeon-je)
2020 celebrations Asia - South Korea
Buddhists light candles to form letters meaning, "Best wishes for a Happy New Year," during New Year celebrations at Jogyesa Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea, Jan 1, 2020. (Photo: AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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2020 celebrations Asia - South Korea (1)
People attend New Year celebrations in Seoul, South Korea,  Jan 1, 2020. (Photo: AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
singapore new year fireworks
Singapore rang in the new decade with a spectacular fireworks display across Marina Bay. 
new year fireworks singapore 2020
Singapore rang in the new decade with a spectacular fireworks display across Marina Bay. 
2020 celebrations Asia - Thailand (1)
Revellers take a selfie while arriving for a New Year countdown party outside a shopping mall in downtown Bangkok on Dec 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Mladen ANTONOV)
2020 celebrations Asia - Thailand (2)
Revellers take a selfie while arriving for a New Year countdown party outside a shopping mall in downtown Bangkok on Dec 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Mladen ANTONOV)

2020 celebrations Asia - India (1)
Indians prepare a huge kite to welcome the New Year in Ahmadabad, India, Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019. (Photo: AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
2020 celebrations Asia - India (2)
Indian school children pose for the cameras during an event to welcome the New Year in Ahmadabad, India, Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019. (Photo: AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
2020 celebrations Asia - China
Performers rehearse before a New Year's Eve countdown event at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic headquarters in Bejiing, Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019. (Photo: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
2020 celebrations Asia - China (1)
Performers wait backstage before a New Year's Eve countdown  event at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic headquarters in Bejiing, Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019. (Photo: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
2020 celebrations Asia - China (2)
A man walks near a light sculpture before a New Year’s Eve countdown event at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic headquarters in Bejiing, Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019. (Photo: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
2020 celebrations Asia - Hong Kong (2)
New Year's fireworks light up the sky as protesters gather gather during a demonstration in Hong Kong. (Photo: AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

READ: Hong Kong protesters hold rallies in last hours of 2019

2020 celebrations Asia - Hong Kong (1)
Protesters celebrate the New Year during a demonstration in Hong Kong, early Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020. (Photo: AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
2020 celebrations Asia - Iraq
Iraqis gather near the citadel of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, during New Year's eve celebrations on Dec 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP/SAFIN HAMED
Pakistan New Year celebration
Pakistani children light candles to welcome the New Year in Lahore on Dec 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Arif Ali) 
2020 celebrations Asia - Palestine
Iraqis gather near the citadel of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, during New Year's eve celebrations on Dec 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP/SAFIN HAMED)
2020 celebrations Asia - Thailand (3)
A woman wears a 2020 headband on the eve of the New Year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Dec 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Mohd RASFAN)
2020 celebrations Asia - Japan (3)
People visit Kanda Myojin Shrine to offer New Year prayers in Tokyo on Jan 1, 2020.(Photo: AFP/Kazuhiro NOGI)
2020 celebrations Asia - Japan (2)
Japanese priestess prepare for New Year prayers at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo on Dec 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Kazuhiro NOGI)
2020 celebrations Asia - Japan (2)
A man wearing a fox mask participates in a parade held to celebrate the New Year, Jan 1, 2020, in Tokyo. (Photo: AP Photo/Jae C Hong)
2020 celebrations Asia - Japan (1)
People carry large fox masks during a parade held to celebrate the New year Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

2020 celebrations Asia - Nepal (1)
Members of the indigenous Gurung community wearing traditional attire react as they take part in a New Year celebration ceremony known as 'Tamu Lhosar' in Kathmandu, Nepal on Dec 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP/PRAKASH MATHEMA)
2020 celebrations Asia - Nepal (2)
Members of the indigenous Gurung community wearing traditional attire react as they take part in a New Year celebration ceremony known as 'Tamu Lhosar' in Kathmandu, Nepal on Dec 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP/PRAKASH MATHEMA)
2020 celebrations Asia - Nepal
Members of the indigenous Gurung community wearing traditional attire perform as he takes part with others in a New Year celebration ceremony known as 'Tamu Lhosar' in Kathmandu on December 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP/PRAKASH MATHEMA)

Source: Agencies/hm

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