New Year 2021: Here’s when January 1 begins in countries around the world


The first 12 months of a brand new decade, 2021-2030, is sort of upon us. This New Year, nonetheless, is completely different from some other because it comes in the midst of the ongoing world pandemic of the coronavirus illness (Covid-19). The outbreak has led to a number of cities saying curbs on their respective New Year celebrations. The Australian metropolis of Sydney, recognized for its iconic New Year celebrations, too, has requested ‘Sydneysiders’ to remain at house this 12 months and ring in 2021, as a consequence of the emergence of a virus cluster in its northern seashores.

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Sydney, with its extravagant fireworks, has all the time been regarded as the first metropolis in the world, and Australia as the first nation, to welcome a New Year. This, nonetheless, shouldn’t be the case. The first countries in the world to welcome a New Year are literally the Pacific islands of Tonga, Samoa and Christmas /Kiribati, the place January 1 commences at 10 am GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) or 3:30 pm as per the Indian Standard Time (IST), on December 31. The final place to welcome the New Year are the uninhabited Howland and Baker Islands, close to the United States, at 12 pm GMT or 5:30 pm IST, on January 1. American Samoa is the second final to have fun the New Year, at 11 am GMT or 4:30 pm IST, on January 1.

Here’s when the New Year begins in some countries:

December 31 (as per GMT):

New Zealand: 10:15 am

Australia (most areas): 1 pm

Japan, South Korea and North Korea: Three pm

China, Philippines and Singapore: Four pm

Bangladesh: 6 pm, Nepal: 6:15 pm, India and Sri Lanka: 6:30 pm, Pakistan: 7 pm

Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and Spain: 11 pm

UK, Ireland, Iceland, Portugal: 12 am

January 1:

Brazil (some areas): 2 am

Argentina, Brazil (some areas), Chile and Paraguay: Three am

New York, Washington, Detroit: 5 am

Chicago: 6 am, Colorado and Arizona: 7 am, Nevada: eight am

Alaska: 9 am, Hawaii: 10 am

American Samoa: 11 am

Howland and Baker Islands: 12 pm


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