Australians will welcome 2018 with a rainbow-themed fireworks in Sydney.
As 2017 draws to a close, New Zealand will be among the first few countries to usher in the New Year. New Zealand Herald reported that hundreds of people are already heading into city centres to kickstart their celebrations as they welcome the New Year.
Meanwhile, Australians will welcome 2018 with a rainbow-themed fireworks in Sydney. At least 1.5 million spectators are expected to witness the pyrotechnics, AFP reported.
“This is a fabulous way to see out 2017 — the year that four out of five Sydneysiders said a resounding ‘Yes’ to marriage equality,” Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore told AFP.
2.45 pm: Trivia time: Wonder when the first New Year was celebrated? It was in 45 B.C, according to the Evening Standard.
The practice apparently discontinued during the Middle Ages and was revived by the Greeks, who used to celebrate the New Year on December 20. The Persians, meanwhile, began their new year around September 20, it notes.
2.30 pm: According to Metro, uninhabited US islands, Baker and Howland, will be the last to celebrate the New Year.
2.15 pm: Here is a brief list of countries which will be among the first to ring in the New Year: Tonga, New Zealand, Australia, Japan & South Korea, North Korea, China, Philippines, Singapore, Most of Indonesia, Myanmar and Cocos Islands, Bangladesh, Nepal, India and Sri Lanka, Pakistan.
2.00 pm: In another few hours, the clock will strike 12.00 am in New Zealand, marking the beginning of New Year festivities.
Source: News agencies