Spectacular fireworks at Marina Bay ushers in 2013

Singapore rang in the new year with a string of spectacular fireworks displayed across the skyline.

The display, which lasted a total of eight minutes, lit up the night sky as strains of music by Cultural Medallion winner Iskandar Ismail filled the air.

The fireworks, which illuminated the sky, also provided a backdrop for the hundreds of white spheres bobbing in the bay, each containing different wishes for 2013 penned by revellers.

Watched by tens of thousands of attendees at the Marina Bay countdown party, the atmosphere was electric as the crowd counted down the seconds in unison.

The drizzle earlier in the day and the crowd did little to deter the revellers.

Mr Lance Chan, 29, a logistics officer in the shipping industry described the experience as "cool and fun". This was his fifth countdown party.

Mr Chan, who was at the party with his wife, said: "We are here to catch the fireworks and just get out of the house and live life."