Festivities have kicked off around the world, as each country celebrates in its own way.
First to observe New Year 2017 is Samoa (Apia), Tonga and Kiribati- Christmas Isl (Kiritimati)
When it is midnight in Samoa (Apia) or Christmas Isl., what time is it in other locations around the world ? For example when Samoa(Apia) (UTC+14) enters the New Year at midnight Dec 31, 2016 (New Year 2017), the local time in New York is 05am (morning) Dec 31, 2016, local time in London is 10am and local time in Sydney is 09pm (21:00) Dec 31, 2016.
Sekond pace is for Chatham Islands- New Zealand.
If you thought that the first place is for Australia, you'll be surprised to hear it is on the fifth. Take a look at the Fireworks in Sydney.
After travelling all around the world, the New Year will eventually come full circle – or near enough.The last place or places to receive 2017 will be the tiny outlying islands of the US. Baker Island and Howland Island will greet the New Year at 12 Midday on January 1 – or at least they would if any people lived there.