Kiribati, a country on the brink of disappearance, was the first to get 2022

Kiribati is at risk of disappearing due to the climate crisis and rising sea levels

Citizens of the South Pacific island nation of Kiribati were the first to receive 2022They are followed by Tokelauans, belonging to New Zealand, and Samoa.

more than 110,000 Kiribati Entered on January 1, 2022 at 10.00 GMT on December 31, and the twelve chimes of the New Year continue on Tokelau, Samoa and other Pacific countries.

These island nations are arriving in 2022 less affected by the COVID-19 pandemic than other nations thanks to their geographical location, although The climate crisis and rising sea levels are threats to their very survival.

Auckland is the first major city in the world to be held on New Year’s Day, at 11.00 GMT on December 31, though this year Mass celebrations and fireworks have been canceled due to the epidemic.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in file photo.  Auckland has suspended its traditional fireworks celebration due to an increase in coronavirus cases.  EFE / EPA / MITCHELL
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in file photo. Auckland has suspended its traditional fireworks celebration due to an increase in coronavirus cases. EFE / EPA / MITCHELL

The New Year will enter most of Australia at 1300 GMT.

Unlike New Zealand, Australian authorities maintain traditional fireworks displays, including one that takes place at the famous Opera House in Sydney Harbour.

after Japan and South Korea, Southeast Asian countries have the last minutes of 2021 with restrictions due to the epidemic that includes Crowd and fireworks canceled in Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore.

Although Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam receive their new holidays on different dates, they also celebrate New Year according to the Gregorian calendar, especially in large cities.

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(With information from EFE)

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