Germany and the world welcome the year 2023 | Germany | D.W.

Millions of people in Germany enthusiastically celebrated the end of 2022 in unusually warm weather, according to data from the German Weather Service, allowing some places to celebrate comfortably outdoors.

Hamburg was also filled with colors during the festivities.

This time, the firecrackers and rockets were allowed to be seen again to receive 2023. In the previous two years, the sale was prohibited due to restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin dressed up for its New Year’s Eve party. However, the celebration was much smaller than in previous years since, to attend, you had to buy tickets. In addition to fireworks, there was a light show.

Before midnight, the rock group scorpions they played a new version, with the text slightly adjusted, of their anthem Winds of change dedicated to the invasion of Russia against Ukraine.

Munich was not far behind to welcome 2023.

Olaf Scholz: “Tonight a difficult year comes to an end”

Earlier, Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz called on the people of Germany to start the new year with confidence and energy. Regarding the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, Scholz said in his traditional year-end speech that his own country, but also the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), had shown cohesion and integrity.

Germany is a “strong country,” he said, adding that it is “a country that works vigorously and at a good pace for a better and more secure future. A country that holds its own, especially in difficult times. A country that does not give up no one behind, it doesn’t matter if it’s in the city or in the country, if you’re young or old, if you’re rich or less affluent, if you were born here or arrived later”.

New Year’s celebrations

People living on the island of Kiritimati, in the South Pacific island nation of Kiribati, were the first to receive 2023, followed by people from the New Zealand territory of the Chatham Islands, Tonga and Samoa and New Zealand’s major cities.

Photo of New Year's celebrations in New Zealand

The New Year’s Eve party in the iconic Times Square, in New York, returned to normal this Saturday after two years of COVID-19, which led to holding the event with a greatly reduced capacity in 2020 and maintaining certain restrictions in 2021.

Photo of the celebrations in New York

Thousands of people once again watched the traditional fireworks display on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris, which also returned after two years of absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo of the celebrations in Paris

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