Where Is The First And Last Country To Celebrate New Year?
JANUARY 1 is nearly here the world is coming together to welcome 2019. But obviously, the New Year arrives at different times for different countries across the world.
Fireworks exploding over Sydney harbour symbolises the start of global New Year’s festivities for most Brits.
But it may surprise you to hear that Australia is not the first country in the world to welcome the New Year.
The tiny Pacific island of Tonga rung in 2019 at 10am GMT on December 31.
Where will 2019 arrive last?
After travelling all around the world, the New Year will eventually come full circle – or near enough.
The last place or places to receive 2019 will be the tiny outlying islands of the US.
Baker Island and Howland Island will greet the New Year at 12 Midday on January 1 – or at least they would if any people lived there.
Second last will be American Samoa at 11am – just 558 miles from Tonga, where locals and visitors were celebrating a full 25 hours before.
It’s therefore possible to get a quick flight in between the two and count down to 2019 twice.
What time does New Year arrive around the world?
Using London time, this is when the world will welcome 2019:
- Monday 10am – Samoa and Christmas Island/Kiribati
- 10:15am – New Zealand
- 1pm – Most of Austalia
- 3pm – Japan, South Korea and North Korea
- 4pm – China, Philippines, Singapore
- 5pm – Thailand, Cambodia and large parts of Indonesia
- 6pm – Bangladesh
- 6.15pm – Nepal
- 6.30pm – India and Sri Lanka
- 7pm – Pakistan
- 8pm – Azerbaijan
- 8.30pm – Iran
- 9pm – Turkey, Iraq, Kenya and most of Russia
- 10pm – Greece, Romania, South Africa, Hungary and other central and eastern European cities
- 11pm – Germany, France, Italy, Algeria, Belgium, Spain
- Midnight – UK, Ireland, Ghana, Iceland, Portugal
- Tuesday 2am – Regions of Brazil
- 3am – Argentina, regions of Brazil, Chile, Paraguay
- 4am – Some regions of Canada, Bolivia, Puerto Rico
- 5am – Eastern Standard Time in the US – New York, Washington, Detroit and Cuba
- 6am – Central Standard Time in the US – Chicago
- 7am – Mountain Standard Time in the US – Colorado, Arizona
- 8am – Pacific Standard Time in the US – LA, Nevada
- 9am – Alaska
- 10am – Hawaii
- 11am – American Samoa
- 12pm – Baker Island, Howland Island