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Updated January 1st, 2024 at 19:23 IST

Baker Island and Howland Island the last on earth to say 'welcome 2024' - Know interesting facts

Explore the global race to welcome New Year 2024, from Kiribati's Kiritimati Island as the first to American Samoa as the last inhabited place on earth

Rishi Shukla
abaBaker Island and Howland Island the last on earth to say 'welcome 2024'
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In the South Pacific, American Samoa takes center stage as the last inhabited place to bid farewell to 2023 and ring in the New Year 2024. Discover the cultural richness of this island nation and the distinctive ways in which they mark the transition to a new year. 

The race isn't over yet! Baker Island and Howland Island, part of the United States Minor Outlying Islands, technically claim the title of being the last to celebrate the new year at 12 pm GMT on January 1st, or 5:30 pm Indian Standard Time on January 1. Uncover the mystery and isolation of these uninhabited territories. 

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Did you know that Baker Island is an unincorporated territory of the United States, and its isolation has led to the formation of unique ecosystems. 

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Kiribati, a country in Oceania, takes the spotlight as the first nation to celebrate New Year 2024. The festivities kick off on Kiritimati Island, also known as Christmas Island, at 10 am GMT or 3:30 pm Indian Standard Time on December 31st. Explore the unique cultural traditions and vibrant celebrations that mark the beginning of the global New Year's countdown. 

From the early starters in Kiribati to the last inhabited place in American Samoa and the uninhabited territories of Baker Island and Howland Island, the world unites in bidding farewell to the old and welcoming the new. Cheers to the global wonders this New Year's celebrations! 

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Published January 1st, 2024 at 19:18 IST

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