Time Zone Difference Examples
Australia, Europe and North America
When it’s midnight (UTC+14) on New Year’s Day in Kiritimati, Kiribati, it’s only 9 pm in Sydney, Australia. In London, England, it’s only 10 am on December 31, so they would still have to wait 14 more hours to usher in NYE. In the United States, it’s 5 am in New York, 4 am in Chicago, and the middle of the afternoon (2 am) in Los Angeles on December 31.
If you’re in South America, It’s only 7 am in Rio de Janeiro on December 31 and only 4 am in Belize City when 12 am in Kiritimati.
Kiribati New Year’s Traditions
Kiribati doesn’t seem to have much public information about how they celebrate New Year’s. However, they do have their share of celebrations happening in local bars and guesthouses.
People also gather at the public maneaba (meeting place), which has the same shape as American park pavilions but with roofs made of coconut wood. Otherwise, Kiribati locals might travel to either New Zealand or to Sydney Harbor for the fireworks show that takes place there. Also, music and dancing have always been a part of the Kiribati culture, so you can probably expect that to be a part of their NYE observance.
By the way, the Kiribati temperature on New Year’s Even is much warmer than in some parts of Europe and North America. It’s usually between 25-30 degrees Celsius (77-86 Fahrenheit), so you could probably vacation here and indulge in snorkeling, swimming or fishing, and golfing on NYE.
Facts About Kiribati
Kiritimati in Kiribati is also known as Christmas Island. It was named that when British explorer James Cook arrived here on Christmas Day in 1777. It consists of 32 coral atolls, which are land formations comprised of reef rings around lagoons.