If someone thinks that a day has 24 hours, then he is wrong. According to our timezones, it takes 2 hours longer to change the date around the world. We invite you to an account of the welcome to 2021 in various places around the world. We will see broadcasts of fireworks shows and check the current weather.
11:00 AM - Kiribati and Samoa
According to the schedule of time zones, residents welcomed the year 2021 at the earliest the islands of Kiribati and Samoa in the Pacific.
These nations are famous because each year it is there that the great celebration begins, which passes through the whole Earth from east to west. Champagne corks are already shooting there at 11:00 Polish time.
12:00 - Auckland, New Zealand
An hour later, fireworks took off over Auckland, New Zealand's largest city. The fireworks were bursting out of the city's most magnificent structure, the TV tower. This time, the New Year was welcomed there under the sign of cloudy skies and temperatures of 16 degrees.
2:00 PM Sydney, Australia
At 2 p.m. Polish time 2021, the people of eastern Australia welcomed the year. As fireworks rose into the air above Sydney Bay, in the background of the famous opera house, the temperature reached a very pleasant 20 degrees, but it was clouded and drizzling. Nevertheless, the fireworks display went well, as you can see below. A billion viewers watched the performance in front of TV sets.
4:00 PM - Tokyo, Japan
The Japanese entered the New Year at 4 p.m. It was zero degrees in Tokyo then, and it was clear. The people of the Land of the Rising Sun will spend the first day of the New Year, called Shōgatsu, among the family. It is a day for them to reflect, analyze the bad deeds of the past year, and make plans for the coming year.
4:00 PM - Pyongyang, North Korea
2021 began at 4 p.m. EDT in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. It is one of the most inaccessible countries in the world, covered by the "iron curtain". It was an extremely frosty welcome, as the thermometers showed 11 degrees of frost, but the sky was dotted with stars.
5:00 PM - Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Malaysia
At 5:00 PM, thousands of fireworks soared into the sky from the tallest skyscrapers in East Asia. The light show in Taiwan was particularly breathtaking, where the tallest building in East Asia, the famous Taipei 101, almost "exploded".
However, fireworks displays and a loud celebration of the beginning of the New Year were prepared primarily for foreigners, including in Beijing and Hong Kong. The residents themselves are still celebrating the Year of the Rat and will only celebrate in a few weeks.
Chinese New Year begins on the night of February 11-12, and is the most important holiday in the traditional Chinese calendar. The world's most numerous nation will celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Buffalo.
At the same time, the celebration of light, i.e. the beginning of the New Year, is also celebrated, among others, by inhabitants of Vietnam, both Korea, Mongolia and Tibet. Why only then? Because it is related to the phases of the moon, and the New Year always starts on its new moon. This, in turn, falls on February 11 at 20:06 Polish time. Later on, the New Year will be welcomed by Thai people who celebrate the Songkran water festival between 13 and 15 April.
21:00 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The 20:00 point was set in Pakistan, 20:30 in Afghanistan and 21:30 in Iran. However, fireworks did not shoot up there. Islamic countries use the lunar calendar and celebrated the start of the new 1442 on September 20.
It was like that in Iran, Saudi Arabia and some regions of Morocco, Somalia and Egypt. Another celebration, this time the beginning of 1443, will take place on August 9-10, 2021. The exception was cosmopolitan Dubai in the Arab Emirates, where at 21:00 the largest light show was held on the world's tallest building, the 828-meter Burj Dubai tower.
10:00 PM - Moscow, Russia
Russia has several time zones, so its eastern borders began to greet 2021 from 1 p.m. our time. At 4:00 p.m., the New Year was greeted at the North Hemisphere's Cold Pole, i.e. in Eastern Siberia. In the coldest places in Russia and the world, at minus 50 degrees, residents will admire a fireworks display.
At 22:00, the new year arrived in Moscow. The sky was completely clouded and the frost was slight, barely 1 degree, with 15 cm of snow. Muscovites beautifully decorated their city on the occasion of Christmas and New Year.
00:00 - Poland, Berlin, Greece
At midnight 2021, most countries in Europe, including Poland, welcomed the year. Soon you will see videos from fireworks shows. In our country, the weather has been one of the most dangerous in recent years, because during the welcome of 2021, the firework display was obscured by an exceptionally dense fog, which froze and formed rime in freezing temperatures.
In turn, in the east it was raining and in some places snowing. The roads and sidewalks were very slippery. Coming home from the party turned out to be very unpleasant due to frost, fog and rainfall.
The thermometers showed at the moment of breaking the north from minus 8 degrees in the Jelenia Góra Valley and minus 4 degrees in the west to plus 2 degrees in the Lublin and Podkarpacie regions.
01:00 - London, UK
An hour after us in the New Year, the people of the United Kingdom are back. Due to the pandemic, the largest fireworks show in Europe could only be watched in front of TV sets and on the Internet.
03:00 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Punctually at 3:00 am our time, the world's largest and most famous carnival in Rio de Janeiro began. Brazilians and tourists from the farthest corners of the Earth welcomed the New Year with the hope that in the face of the pandemic it would be possible to organize it at least in a modest version.
04:00 - Nuuk, Greenland
At 4:00 midnight, Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, struck. As a year ago, the inhabitants decided to welcome 2021 on the ice island with a loud firework display.
06:00 - New York, USA
Usually, the New Year was greeted most in large numbers on the streets of New York. Over a million people gathered in the famous Times Square. This time, however, due to the pandemic, a 5-tone crystal ball with 30,000 colored LEDs, counting down the next minutes and punctually at 6:00 CEST, setting the time of launching thousands of fireworks in the sky illuminating the panorama of the metropolis, was only observed on television and on the Internet.
12:00 - Niue Islands, Midway, Pago Pago
When we woke up before noon on January 1, still some of the inhabitants of our planet will be stuck in the old year. Only at 1 p.m. Polish time, i.e. 13 hours after we shoot fireworks, the last places in the world welcomed 2021. First, at 12:00 Polish time, the New Year was greeted in Alofi, the capital of Niue, on the Hawaiian Midway and in Pago Pago on American Samoa.
1:00 PM - Baker Islands, Howland
At 1:00 p.m., the old year was said goodbye to the small American islands of Baker and Howland in the Pacific waters, which are used as military bases.
Due to this and no other time zone distribution, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. there was a moment when we had three dates valid simultaneously on Earth. On the islands of Kiribati and Samoa it was already on January 2, in most regions of the world, including Poland, on January 1, and on the "tail" on the military islands it was still December 31. It was only at 1:00 pm that we could officially say: "Welcome to the New Year".