The Pacific island countries Tonga, Samoa, and parts of Kiribati will be the first areas on the planet to welcome the new year on January, 1. Auckland in New Zealand will be the world’s first major city to welcome 2018.
Tonga, Samoa, and parts of Kiribati are in the world’s furthest forward time zone, which is 14 hours before UTC. This implies it will still be Saturday in places like American Samoa when it will hand Monday over Tonga, Samoa, and Kiribati.
Tonga is the most up to date member of the privileged group after it reintroduced daylight sparing time on November 6. The island country likewise watched light sparing time from 1999 until 2002, a move to be among the first to welcome the new millennium.
Kiritimati, which is also called Christmas Island and is a part of the Republic of Kiribati, is maybe the best-known member of the group. Kiritimati, home to almost 6,500 individuals, was once one of the last places to introduce the new year, yet in 1995 the island skipped ahead 24 hours to be the first to attract the worldwide tourists.
For the 7th time, residents of Samoa will also be among the first individuals in the world to welcome the new year. The island nation changed its time zone toward the end of December 2011 by moving toward the west of the International Date Line with an aim to help its economy by making business deals with Australia and New Zealand.
Only 15 minutes after, at 10:15 GMT, New Zealand’s Chatham Islands, and its 600 inhabitants will be the second district on Earth to welcome the new year. Furthermore, at 11:00 GMT, Auckland will be the world’s first major city to check 2018, just like the places such as Fiji, Tonga, and Antarctica.
These destinations will be followed by new year’s celebrations in Australia at 13:00 GMT, including marvelous fireworks, show over the well known Harbor Bridge and Opera House in Sydney. Dubai, Moscow, Berlin, London, Rio de Janeiro, and New York City also has major plans to welcome 2018.