What area of planet earth gets to celebrate the New Year first?
– Greenwich, England
– Christmas Island, Kiribati, near Samoa
– Okinawa, U.S. territory
– Sydney, Australia
Christmas Island, part of the island nation of Kiribati near American Samoa in the South Pacific, is the first place that gets to celebrate in the 2018 New Year. The island’s position in relation to the International Date Line (IDL) determines the beginning and ending of the time zone cycle. Christmas Island is just west of the IDL, meaning the Earth’s rotation moves it into the new day first. Other countries follow as the dawn of the new day moves to the west. Source: Reference.com