31.12.14

Happy New Year: First 20 Countries To Celebrate the New Year

"Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word." Goran Persson


Happy New Year: The native sooty tern of Kiritimati Island
1. Samoa (Apia), Kiribati- Christmas Island, Kiritimati is the FIRST to enter New Year 2015. At midnight there, Dec 31, 2014 (New Year 2015), the local time in New York was 5:00am on the morning of the 31st.  It was 10 am in London and 9pm in Sydney.
2. Chatham Islands - New Zealand. Local time in New York was 5:45am
3. New Zealand - Wellington, Tokelau, Fiji, Tonga, Antarctica-South Pole, McMurdo, Skott stations; Kiribati- Phoenix Islands. Local time in New York was 6:00am
4. Russia - Chukotka, Kamchatka; Nauru, Tuvalu, Marshall Isl., Wallis and Futuna, Kiribati - Tarawa. Local time in New York was 7:00am.
5. Norfolk Island (Kingston) - Australia. Local time in New York was 7:30am Courtesy World Time Zone

Happy New Year! By the time you read this post, it would be New Year's Day in, at least, the top 15 countries listed here. It might even be New Year's Day in all of them and many more.
Kiritimati in Kiribati is the first part of the world to enter the New Year. It's an island that is considered a Wildlife Sanctuary; with lots of beautiful and unique fauna and flora. Kiribati became independent from the United Kingdom in 1979 and has a fascinating history. As you think of things to do in 2015, add this beautiful nation and sanctuary as a peaceful oasis on your calendar of places to visit.

 "Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man." Benjamin Franklin
 
Happy New Year: The Famous Sydney Opera House

6. Australia - Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Hobart; Solomon Isl., New Caledonia, Micronesia - Pohnpei, Vanuatu;Bougainville (Papua New Guinea); Russia - Srednekolymsk. Local time in New York was 8:00am in the morning
7. Australia - Adelaide. Local time in New York was 8:30am
8. Russia - Vladivostok , Khabarovsk, Magadan, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Yuzhno-Kurilsk, Birobidzhan, Komsomolsk-na-Amure; Guam; Australia - Brisbane; Papua New Guinea, Northern Mariana Isl. Local time in New York was 9:00am
9. Australia - Darwin, Alice Springs. Local time in New York was 9:30am
10. Japan - Tokyo, South Korea, North Korea; Russia - Yakutsk, Blagoveschensk, Mirnyi, Tiksi; Palau, Indonesia- Jayapura, Ambon; East Timor, more ... Local time in New York was 10:00am. Courtesy World Time Zone
At number six on the list of places in the throes of New Year's celebrations, Sydney, Australia and many other parts of that nation are blowing kisses in the air and welcoming 2015. For those folk lucky enough to be nearby, the famous Sydney Opera House will welcome you and your family with fantastic entertainment. Wherever you are around the globe, make the new year a memorable one.

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  "Celebrate what you want to see more of." Tom Peters

                     Happy New Year: A trip to Beijing calls for visits to these key sites: Tiananmen, Temple of Heaven, National Center for the Performing Arts, and Beijing National Stadium

11. Eucla - Western Australia. Local time in New York was 10:45am in the morning
12. China - Beijing, Shanghai, Macau, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia-Bali, Mongolia, Brunei Darussalam, Russia-Irkutsk , Chita, Bratsk, Ulan-Ude; Australia - Perth, more ... Local time in New York was 11:00am
13. Thailand - Bangkok, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia - Java, Sumatra; Australia - Christmas Isl; Russia-Krasnoyarsk , Kemerovo, Abakan, Kyzyl. Local time in New York was 12:00noon in the afternoon
14. Myanmar (Burma) - Yangon, Cocos Island (Keeling Islands - Australia). Local time in New York was 12:30pm 
15. Russia - Novosibirsk, Omsk, Tomsk, Barnaul; Bangladesh - Dhaka; Bhutan; British Indian Ocean Territory - Chagos - Diego Garcia, Kazakhstan - Almaty, Astana, Kyrgystan. Local time in New York was 1:00pm.  Courtesy World Time Zone
 If you are across the world in Beijing, China, Happy New Year! Take some time to say a prayer of gratitude and resolve to make this a fantastic year. While at it, make sure to visit the wonderful sites listed above; they are Tiananmen, Temple of HeavenNational Center for the Performing Arts, and Beijing National Stadium . Enjoy the rich history of this very busy hub of China.

Happy New Year: If Kathmandu calls, be sure to visit: at Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, Bagmati riverBudhanilkantha, Singha Durbar, Swayambhunath temple at night, Pashupatinath temple
16. Nepal - Kathmandu. Local time in New York was 1:45pm in the afternoon.
17. India - New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata; Sri Lanka. Local time in New York was 1:30 pm
18. Russia - Yekaterinburg , Chelyabinsk, Perm, Ufa, Kurgan, Orengurg, Tyumen; Pakistan - Islamabad, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan-Aqtau, Aqtobe, Maldives, Kerguelen Isl.(Fr.).  Local time in New York was 2:00pm 
19. Afghanistan - Kabul, Kandahar. Local time in New York was  2:30pm
20. United Arab Emirates - Dubai; Russia - Samara, Izhevsk; Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Seychelles, Reunion - France, Oman, Mauritius. Local time in New York was 3:00pm  Courtesy World Time Zone
Not to be outdone by any of the other places listed above, Kathmandu is a place for the avid traveler to visit and stay awhile; do hang out for a very, very long while. Why? Because there is so much to see, eat and do in this magnificent, historically rich, ancient city. Kathmandu is the capital and largest municipality of Nepal. You won't regret any time spent there. So go do it in 2015. Happy New Year!

Some Food for Thought: What are your goals for the New Year? How do you plan to make a difference/an impact as an active member of the global community in 2015? I would love to hear from you: Please leave me a comment.
Thank You!

Positive Motivation Tip: Start the New Year with vim and vigor! ♥HAPPY NEW YEAR :-)

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Kiribati Kids, Sooty tern birdSydney Opera House,  Beijing, China Montage, Kathmandu Sites, via Wikipedia

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


52 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures. Happy New Year

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  2. I never knew this :) Learn something new. Thank you

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  3. I love new years! it is so refreshing and festive!

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  4. Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  5. It's so neat to see how different cultures celebrate! Beautiful pictures!

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  6. I had never paid attention that Samoa started off the New Year!

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  7. My friend in the Netherlands was posting Happy New Year hours before we had it here in Boston. It was funny!

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  8. Happy New Year! Seeing this post & the lovely pictures from around the world makes me want one of my goals this year to be "make traveling abroad happen soon." Next year may be an option but I'll need to plan for it this year :)

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  9. Happy New Years! I love this post and puts as it puts the world in perspective. The opening quote is one I will keep for the future. I hope you have a wonderful year.

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  10. Wow! I never knew how many countries ring in the new year before I did. Amazing.

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  11. My goals for 2015 are to stay positive, and to stretch myself by learning and trying new things. Happy New Year!

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  12. I never knew that there were this many time zones in the world. This is very informative and very educational.

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  13. Wow! I enjoyed this and will have to consider visiting some of those places. Thanks and Happy New Year!

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  14. Nice post across the world. Happy New Year to you.

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  15. those are great photos i would love to go to Sydney

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  16. I would so love one day to spend the New Year in Sydney Australia or any of these places. I have never been anywhere else but home bringing in the New Year. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. I remember on December 31, 1999 sitting with my husband listening to our shortwave radio as countries around the world rang in the new year. It's a fun way to celebrate and stay safe.

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  18. Great post! I hope I am able to visit some of those places in 2015! Thank you :)

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  19. You know, I have ALWAYS wanted to know who celebrates first! I love this post, thank you so much!

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  20. What a fun post! And happy new year to you and everyone everywhere. I'm hoping to make a difference by shopping at independent stores, supporting our local farmers and businesses, and living as green of an existence as possible in 2015.

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  21. Those are great places to travel! Most are on my Bucket Travel list!

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  22. That's a lot of countries and I really would love to visit Australia on New Years (or anytime). I haven't really made any goals for 2015 yet but I plan to write a list of things I want to accomplish. I'm going to stick to realistic goals though because I only completed one goal in 2014. I suck at NY resolutions and goals :).

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  23. The photos are all so beautiful! Wonderful round-up of countries with their New Year timings!

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  24. This is great. I love hearing how the other countries celebrate holidays.

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  25. Great photos! I always think it's fun to show my kids the fireworks in other countries for New Years since we never make it to midnight anyways.

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  26. Happy New Year! Surely this year brings us good vibes :)

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  27. I think my sister was in Australia one year over New Years (I can't keep track of all her travels). She bragged that was in the year before I was.

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  28. What a great read. I always enjoy learning about other cultures. Thanks!

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  29. I've always wanted to know who was first! I love this post, I'm going to bookmark it for next year's countdown, we can track the new year!

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  30. Beautiful pictures! Its crazy to think how spread out the time zones are. My goals are to be more active and to work smarter not harder

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  31. A visit to Nepal would be dream-like. The architecture is simply stunning.

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  32. I love to travel and many of these places are on my list. Thanks for the great anecdotes about the different celebrations.

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  33. This is so interesting. I guess we always just think of the new year when we celebrate it. To think that when we are celebrating another day has started elsewhere. HAPPY NEW YEAR to you!

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  34. I'm hoping to exercise more and eat healthier this year. I would really love to be able to start planning out more meals for the week as well as having some meals made ahead of time and freeze them. Of course there is the blogging as well. I'd love to get my numbers up for my blog. Lots of things I would love to accomplish this year! I hope you're having a great start to your year.

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  35. It is really neat to see when other countries celebrate New Year's. I actually was shocked to see so many countries did celebrate.

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  36. Wow! This is informative information. I actually didn't even know when the New Year celebration started until now. That's great to know.

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  37. I would love to visit every single place on the list. It is one of my life goals to experience all kinds of culture.

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  38. Happy New Year! I don't really have new year resolutions but with goals, I want to work on growing my blog and becoming a better writer.

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  39. It always blows my mind how many timezones there are, it's like one part of the world is living in the future and the other in the past - is that strange? :) I love seeing all the fireworks and celebrations other countries have before us here in Ireland.

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  40. My s/o and I were actually wondering which country celebrated New Year's last. I thought it was somewhere in the US.

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  41. This is so cool. I love watching the New Years Eve shows when they show you how folks are celebrating around the world. It is neat to see how others celebrating the beginning of a new year.

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  42. I just found out that the Opera House in Sydney changes colors or has pictures at night. Very cool. I bet they really do it up for New Year's!

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  43. Always enjoy reading your fabulous post!!!! Nothing but positivity and gratitude sent to everyone this new year :):) have a great year y'all!

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  44. You have given a great list here. My belated new year wishes to you and your family. I have planned for many goals, but I am not sure about how I am going to make it all happen!

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  45. i always thought new zealand was the first to celebrate new years and christmas. thanks for this post, because i would've kept thinking that and continued to be wrong haha.

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  46. How exciting it would be for me to visit some of those countries, especially Kathmandu. Sounds beautiful!

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  47. I never rally thought about how many places celebrate before us. Great pics!

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  48. Happy 2015 Elizabeth! Wishing you more blessings and adventure this 2015

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  49. wonderful places <3 <3 happy birthday everyone all over the world, though it is almost february now

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  50. I love all the photos. I love traveling. It would be exciting to visit some of the other countries for New Years. My wife and I are deciding between France and Australia for New Years this coming year.

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