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Updated December 28th, 2023 at 15:03 IST

New Year 2024: Which countries will be the first and last to celebrate?

New Year 2024: These countries will be the first and last to welcome New Year.

Reported by: Republic Lifestyle Desk
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It is that time of the year again where we reminisce about the good old memories and make resolutions for the upcoming year. This is the time of New year. It is the time to take negatives from the last year and replace them with hope. It is the time to manifest good things and turn your dreams into reality.

It is finally the time when goals are set for the new year as we all start afresh. New Year is celebrated with grandeur all over the world. From elaborative fireworks that light up the sky to the ball drop in New York city and eating twelve grapes in Spain, certain traditions are also followed to welcome the new year. 

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However, not every country celebrates the year at the same time. Owing to time zones, these celebrations happen at a different time at every place. 

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Which country will celebrate New Year first?

The Pacific Islands of Tonga, Samoa and Kiribati are the countries that will welcome New year first. January 1 will begin at 3:30 PM IST in these countries.

Which country will celebrate New Year last? 

New Year at the uninhabited Howland and Baker Islands will begin on January 1 at 5:30 pm IST. They will be the last ones to welcome the New year. 

Meanwhile, many cultures around the world embrace the tradition of consuming specific foods believed to bring good luck, prosperity, and positive energy into the coming year. Some ‘lucky foods’ often have symbolic meanings tied to wealth, abundance, and good fortune. There are a few auspicious foods that people around the world consume during new year's celebration for a dose of good luck. These include round fruits, legumes, greens, and much more.

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Published December 28th, 2023 at 10:41 IST

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