World starts to welcome 2018


Blackleaf
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The New Year has officially begun, as midnight passed in Samoa, Tonga and Christmas Island/Kiribati, the first places in the world to welcome in 2018.

Eastern parts of Australia see in the New Year in just under 15 minutes' time.

New Year's Eve celebrations: world welcomes 2018

Helena Horton
31 December 2017
The Telegraph

The New Year has officially begun, as midnight passed in Samoa, Tonga and Christmas Island/Kiribati, the first places in the world to welcome in 2018.

The last places on Earth to see in the New Year are minor outlying US islands like Baker Island and Howland Island - although these are uninhabited. The last inhabited island is American Samoa which will welcome 2018 when it's 11am in London on January 1.

When major cities will welcome 2018

11.00 GMT Auckland, New Zealand
13:00 GMT Sydney, Australia
15:00 Tokyo
16:00 Beijing and Hong Kong
20:00 Dubai
23:00 Paris, Rome and Brussels
00:00 London
05:00 New York
08:00 Los Angeles

In the UK, Storm Dylan is set to bring a wet and windy end to the year, with howling gales in excess of 70mph hitting parts of Ireland and Wales and squally rain bearing down on the UK mainland. Forecasters have warned of severe gusts of up to 80mph.

First country rings in the New Year

Samoa became the first country to celebrate 2018 as midnight struck on the islands.

The most interesting thing about the New Year in Samoa is the fact that one can take an hour's flight to American Samoa, which is on the other side of the dateline, and celebrate the New Year twice, twelve hours later, as it is one of the last places to hit midnight.

Often, Samoans and visitors to the country celebrate with fireworks and traditional juggling and dancing.

People visit from all over the globe in order to be the first to see the New Year.

In 2011, officials in Samoa decided to move from the eastern side of the international date line to the western side, making it the first country to celebrate the New Year instead of the last.

This put the Pacific island nation on the same weekday as its neighbours to the west, including Australia and New Zealand, and was aimed at making trade with the countries easier and boosting the economy.


New Zealand celebrates the new year


Record numbers were expected to show up to New Zealand's new year celebrations as it became one of the first countries to celebrate 2018, at 11am UK time.

In Auckland, revellers were treated to reggae music from local bands at a block party and in Rotorua, there is a free festival featuring local entertainment, fireworks and the headline act Elemeno P. There are quite a few festivals happening across the country - but alcohol has been banned in many parts of New Zealand including Queenstown, Frankton, Arrowtown, Wanaka and Hawea.

This came into effect on Wednesday and will be in place until the 6th.

The alcohol bans are put in place to avoid disruption and danger, but the elements caused some chaos, with a south-westerley wind hitting the beaches and sending towels and umbrellas flying. Police were also forced to deal with escaped sheep.

A local police department tweeted: "Big news coming out of Timaru. Cows were wondering on the road but were mooved off by a motorist. Our unit didn't find cows but did find sheep. Ewe know what that could mean. "

New Year's Eve celebrations: world welcomes 2018*
Last edited by Blackleaf; Dec 31st, 2017 at 07:56 AM..
 
Curious Cdn
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It' effen cold here and Ottawa, Toronto and Calgary have all cancelled outdoor New Year concerts because of the cold (or maybe because of an un-declared terrorist threat, I wonder?)
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

It' effen cold here and Ottawa, Toronto and Calgary have all cancelled outdoor New Year concerts because of the cold (or maybe because of an un-declared terrorist threat, I wonder?)

If they've cancelled them because of the cold (and, let's face it, its always cold in winter) then they've done the terrorists' job for them.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

If they've cancelled them because of the cold (and, let's face it, its always cold in winter) then they've done the terrorists' job for them.

It's early winter and it usually isn't that cold, yet (except in Calgary).
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

It's early winter and it usually isn't that cold, yet (except in Calgary).

Global warming.

Happy New Year eastern Australia!

Just 11 hours to go until Britain enters 2018.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Global warming.

Could be. The airflow of the atmosphere is becoming quite kooky and the West-to-East jet stream is periodically running North-South over the last few years. It must be costing the airlines a fortune in extra fuel as they usually surf the Jetstream while flying eastbound.
 
highsticky
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Not sunny day in Sweden.
Cold upnorth like Canada.
But how in United States?
Big city like New York, Houston and Chicago?
How in there I just have eating snacks.
 
highsticky
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Soon waffles with cream is New Year celebration.
 
Blackleaf
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Sydney welcomes 2018:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIEB9vdpgpQ
 
Blackleaf
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Auckland:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btnzOluI90E



Melbourne:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1mkS7OB-C4


Bangkok:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxNsgrzvXRE


Tokyo:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj6qd0kLI2c
Last edited by Blackleaf; Dec 31st, 2017 at 03:00 PM..
 
Hoid
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Global warming.

Happy New Year eastern Australia!

Just 11 hours to go until Britain enters 2018.

depending on the results of the referendum
 
Blackleaf
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London:

2018 sees Britain mark 100 years since women got the vote, which is why most of the songs are by female singers

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=21EJMIdK1_g
 
highsticky
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London is fine.
 
Curious Cdn
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Amsterdam is swell.
 
highsticky
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United Kingdom is good country in Europe at least and maybe Switzerland and Czech Republic.
 
highsticky
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United Kingdom the best of European and Canada are best in world.
 

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