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Fun Fact January 3, 2020.

3 January 2020


Which country celebrates New Year first?  While fireworks exploding over Sydney harbor usually symbolizes the start of global New Year’s festivities for most Brits, it may surprise you to know that Australia is not the first country in the world to welcome the New Year.  The Pacific island of Tonga will ring in the Year at 10am GMT on December 31 – making the tiny island nation the first to head into a fresh year.  Where will 2020 arrive last?  After traveling 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.

Baker Island and Howland Island will the New Year at 12pm GMT on January 1 – but as it’s uninhabited, we tend to forget about it.  Second to last will be American Samoa at 11am – just 558 miles from Tonga, where locals and visitors were celebrating a full 25 hours before.  It’s therefore possible to get a quick flight in between the two and count down to 2020 twice.


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