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10 Facts about New Year

Did you know that people toast the New Year at 38 different times during 26 hours around the globe? Here are ten fun facts while you wait for 2023.

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10. Get There First

Unless you are drifting around in your superyacht around the International Date Line, the people that live on the Kiritimati atoll in Kiribati are the first to bring in the New Year.

9. Toast at the Right Time

Our New Year Countdown tells you exactly how many days, hours, minutes, and seconds there are left of 2022, so you can raise your glass at precisely the right time.

8. Celebrate 38 Times

There are 38 time zones at this time of year, so New Year’s Eve is celebrated at 38 different times. Follow the progress with our New Year World Map or the Multi Time Zone Countdown.

7. And Then Do It Again

If you live close to a time zone border, you can celebrate twice: the people that live on the International Date Line to the east, you can party for another 24 hours. Look at our New Year Schedule to see when other locations will be entering 2023.

6. Halfway There

When India enters 2023, half of the world’s population is already into the New Year. This is because a lot of people live in Asia.

5. Celebrate a Millisecond Earlier

The Earth has been spinning unusually fast, and days have become shorter lately. On June 29, 2022, Earth set a new record for the shortest day of the atomic-clock era: 1.59 milliseconds less than 24 hours.

4. Stargaze Instead

No fireworks? The Quadrantid meteor shower is active around New Year’s Eve, so you can also celebrate the new year with a natural fireworks display.

3. Celebrate with the World

About 25% of the world’s population will enter 2023 at the same time when the clock reaches midnight in China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Western Australia.

2. Set Your Resolutions

Quit smoking? Exercise more? Use our Easy-Print PDF Calendar to add dates, events, and anniversaries. Our Date to Date Calculator helps you keep track of exactly how many days you have kept your resolution.

1. Get There Last

26 hours after the first bottle of bubbly popped, Baker Island toasts the New Year. Kiritimati, Kiribati is already into the second day of the year before Baker Island leaves 2022.

Happy New Year!

Topics: Time Zone, Fun