WorldNew Years: Kiribati, the first nation to welcome 2022

New Years: Kiribati, the first nation to welcome 2022


Citizens of the island nation of Kiribati, in the South Pacific, were the first to receive the New Year 2022, followed by the inhabitants of Tokelau, belonging to New Zealand, and Samoa.

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The more than 110,000 inhabitants of Kiribati They entered on January 1 at 10.00 GMT on December 31 and the twelve chimes of the New Year continue in Tokelao, Samoa and other Pacific nations.

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These island nations reach 2022 less affected by the covid-19 pandemic than other countries thanks to their geographical location, although the climate crisis and rising sea levels are dangers that threaten their survival.

Auckland is the first major city in the world to ring in the New Year, at 11.00 GMT on December 31, although this year mass celebrations and fireworks have been canceled due to the pandemic.

The New Year will enter most of Australia at 1300 GMT.

Unlike New Zealand, Australian authorities do maintain traditional fireworks displays, including the one that takes place at the iconic Opera House in Sydney Harbor.

After Japan and South Korea, Southeast Asian countries count the last minutes of 2021 with restrictions due to the pandemic that include the cancellation of crowds and fireworks in Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore.

Although Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam receive their New Years on different dates, they also celebrate New Years Eve according to the Gregorian calendar, especially in large cities.


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