New Year: In these countries, it is 2021 already

Fireworks explode over Chao Phraya River during the New Year celebrations amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bangkok, Thailand, January 1, 2021.
Fireworks explode over Chao Phraya River during the New Year celebrations amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bangkok, Thailand, January 1, 2021.

Dubai - Baker Island will become the very last place on Earth to enter 2021 at 4pm UAE time on January 1.



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Published: Thu 31 Dec 2020, 9:58 PM

Last updated: Thu 31 Dec 2020, 11:08 PM

The Pacific Islands of Samoa, Tonga and Christmas Island/Kiribati were the first countries in the world to welcome in 2021 at 2pm UAE time on Thursday.

A firework display took place in Samoa's capital, Apia, as the country entered the new year.

The Government posted a live video of the fireworks which also shows houses decorated for the festive period.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi wished its citizens well in a message of hope for 2021.

Next to celebrate the new year was New Zealand at 2.15pm UAE time, with Australia following suit at 5pm.

Japan and South Korea were among the places setting off fireworks and saying farewell to 2020 at 7pm UAE time, while China and the Philippines saw in the new year at 8pm.

Bangladesh marked the start of 2021 at 10pm, while Nepal did likewise at 10.15pm.

India and Sri Lanka were next to celebrate at 10.30pm, with Pakistan joining in the fun at 11pm.

Baker Island will become the very last place on Earth to enter 2021 at 4pm UAE time on January 1. Second last will be American Samoa at 3pm – just 558 miles from Tonga, where locals were celebrating a full 25 hours before.


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