Get out of your East Coast mentality, America. Not everyone starts their New Year when you do.
The Pacific Island nations of Tonga, Samoa and Kiribati were the first to see in the new year – when it was still 5 a.m. on December 31 on the East Coast of the United States and 11 a.m. UTC (Coordinated Universal Time, the global standard). New Zealand was next, an hour later.
Samoa is always the first country to ring in the New Year. American Samoa, its neighbor just 101 miles away, has to watch in envy and wait a full day.
There are 39 different local times in use – including two which are more than 12 hours ahead of UTC – which means it takes 26 hours for the entire world to enter the New Year.
So, if you really, really, really love to hum “Auld Lang Syne,” the list below will get you in the spirit – over and over and over again.
Here’s when the world will be ringing in the New Year, relative to East Coast time.
5 a.m. ET Samoa, Tonga and Christmas Island/Kiribati
5:15 a.m. Chatham Islands/New Zealand
6 a.m. New Zealand (with a few exceptions) and five more locations/islands
7 a.m. Small region of Russia and seven more locations
8 a.m. Much of Australia and seven more (including Melbourne and Sydney)
8:30 a.m. Small region of Australia (including Adelaide)
9 a.m. Queensland/Australia and six more (including Brisbane)
9:30 a.m. Northern Territory/Australia (including Alice Springs)
10 a.m. Japan, South Korea and four more
10:15 a.m. Western Australia/Australia
11 a.m. China, Philippines and 10 more
Noon Much of Indonesia, Thailand and seven more
12:30 p.m. Myanmar and Cocos Islands
1 p.m. Bangladesh and six more
1:15 p.m. Nepal
1:30 p.m. India and Sri Lanka
2 p.m. Pakistan and eight more
2:30 p.m. Afghanistan
3 p.m. Azerbaijan and eight more
3:30 p.m. Iran
4 p.m. Moscow/Russia and 22 more
5 p.m. Greece and 31 more (including Egypt, South Africa and Romania)
6 p.m. Germany and 45 more (including Algeria, Italy, Belgium and France)
7 p.m. United Kingdom and 24 more (including Portugal and Iceland)
8 p.m. Cabo Verde and two more
9 p.m. Regions of Brazil and South Georgia/Sandwich Islands
10 p.m. Most of Brazil, Angetina and nine more
10:30 p.m. Newfoundland and Labrador/Canada
11 p.m. Some regions of Canada and 28 more
Midnight US (East Coast) and Cuba
1 a.m. US (Central), Mexico and nine more
2 a.m. US (Mountain) and two more
3 a.m. US (Pacific) and four more
4 a.m. US (Alaska) and regions of French Polynesia
4:30 a.m. Marquesas Islands/French Polynesia
5 a.m. US (Hawaii) and two more
6 a.m. American Samoa and two more
7 a.m. Much of US minor outlying islands (unincorporated US territories in the Pacific)