SINGAPORE: Singapore welcomed 2014 with a bang on Tuesday night, with parties around the island that were full of song, dance, quirky celebrations, and spectacular displays of fireworks.
Forget painting the town red.
Party-goers at Sentosa's Siloso Beach painted it neon pink, yellow, and orange as they ushered in 2014.
Psychedelic colours rained down on revellers at hourly intervals, and everyone had a splashing good time.
The beach extravaganza was just one of the countdown parties happening across the island.
At the Marina Bay area, people thronged The Promontory, where a waterfront bazaar, as well as free performances by local and international acts kept party-goers entertained.
Performances by UK boy band The Wanted and Taiwanese-American Singer Wang Lee Hom, who performed at MediaCorp's party over at The Float at Marina Bay, were big crowd-pleasers.
The ticketed event, which drew a crowd of almost 18,000, also celebrated 50 years of television.
And for the first time, a specially-designed LED display lit up the Ocean Financial Centre during the countdown to midnight.
The fireworks display is a highlight of any countdown party and the Marina Bay area is one of the most popular locations for people to catch the sky lighting up in a kaleidoscope of colours.
The eight-minute display at Marina Bay thrilled audiences.
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean also joined party-goers at The Float.
And over at Fullerton Hotel, guests were showered with 13,000 balloons at the stroke of midnight.
And what would a new year be without New Year's resolutions?
Wang Lee Hom said: "I try to live my life so that every day is a resolution in itself. I don't think we should make resolutions on the last day of the year. Every day we should be aware of the gift that we're given, of life, of time, and how fragile it is, and how easily it can be taken away from us."
The heartlands were not left out of the fun either as various grassroots countdown parties took place across the island.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong joined residents in celebrations at Cheng San-Seletar and Nee Soon South. - CNA/gn
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