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Counting Down to 2023: See The First Country to Enter the New Year

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As we approach the end of 2022, the excitement of New Year’s Eve is in the air. All around the world, people are preparing to say goodbye to the old year and welcome in the new with festive celebrations and traditions. For many, the arrival of the new year represents a time of hope, renewal, and possibility – a chance to put the past behind and embrace the future with open arms.

One of the most interesting aspects of New Year’s Eve celebrations is the concept of time zones. As the earth rotates, different parts of the globe are exposed to sunlight at different times, creating distinct time zones. This means that as the clock strikes midnight and the new year arrives in one country, it is still the previous day in other parts of the world. This leads to a unique and exciting global celebration as different countries enter the new year at different times.

The First Country to Enter the New Year Year in 2023

So, which country will be the first to enter the new year in 2023? That honor belongs to the small island nation of Kiribati, located in the Pacific Ocean. Because of its location on the International Date Line, Kiribati is the first country to experience the arrival of the new year. The time zone in Kiribati is ahead of all other countries, meaning that it will be the first to enter the new year. By 10am Nigerian time, Kiribati will already be in 2023.

Kiribati is a small country with a population of around 120,000 people, but it has a rich and fascinating culture. On New Year’s Eve, Kiribati residents traditionally celebrate with feasts, singing, and dancing. Many people also attend church services to give thanks for the blessings of the past year and to pray for a bright future.

The Second Country to Enter the New Year Year in 2023

After Kiribati, the next country to enter the new year in 2023 will be New Zealand, followed by Australia and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. These countries will enter the new year as the sun rises on January 1st, bringing with them a range of unique and exciting New Year’s Eve traditions.

In New Zealand, for example, people often gather at beaches or parks to watch fireworks displays and enjoy barbecues with friends and family. In Australia, the celebrations are often more laid-back, with people gathering around the television to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks display over Sydney Harbour.

As the day progresses and the new year arrives in other parts of the world, the celebrations continue. Europe and Africa will enter the new year as the sun sets on January 1st, followed by the Americas and the Caribbean. In many parts of Europe, people celebrate with elaborate dinners and parties, while in Africa, traditional music and dance are often a central part of the celebrations. In the Americas and the Caribbean, the celebrations vary widely, but fireworks, music, and dancing are common themes.


No matter where you are in the world, the arrival of the new year is a time of celebration and joy. From Kiribati to Nigeria, people come together to mark the end of one year and the beginning of another, united by the hope and possibility that the new year brings. As we count down to 2023, let’s embrace the diversity and richness of New Year’s Eve traditions around the globe and look forward to a bright and prosperous future. Happy New Year from all of us at

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