Happy New Year! It’s officially 2020 as Samoa becomes first country to enter new decade.
Happy New Year to Samoa and Christmas Island in Kiribati the first places in the world to enter 2020.
As it hit 3 pm in Pakistan, those in the South Pacific officially welcomed in the new decade.
Kiritimati – or Christmas Island and Samoa both lie immediately west of the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean.
They have started the ball rolling for New Year’s revelers across the globe.
The Pacific island nation of Kiribati contains 3,200 coral atolls strewn across more than three million square miles, straddling the equator.
Moreover As the new year begins, Kiribati finds itself on the front line of the battle against climate change.
Its facing drought and rising sea levels.
In 2020, a project funded by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Green Climate Fund and Kiribati’s government brings hope of providing safe and climate-secure drinking water to the main island of Tarawa, which is home to most of the nation’s 110,000 people.
However, In Samoa, New Year’s Eve was more somber than usual.
While fireworks erupted at midnight from Mount Vaea, overlooking the capital, Apia, the end of the year was a time of sadness and remembrance.
New Zealand becomes the second country to witness new year celebrations as the clock hits 4 pm Pakistan Standard Time.
Partygoers in Auckland, New Zealand, already getting ready
New Year Celebrations in last
After travelling all around the world, the New Year eventually comes full circle – or near enough.
The last place or places to ring in 2020 will be the tiny outlying islands of the US.
Second to last will be American Samoa just 558 miles from Tonga where locals and visitors were celebrating a full 25 hours before.