Fireworks as Tonga Island, New Zealand become first countries to say 'Hello' to 2022

Fireworks as Tonga Island, New Zealand become first countries to say 'Hello' to 2022

Happy New Year 2022

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The small Pacific island nations of Tonga, Samoa, Kiribati/Christmas Island and New Zealand have become the first countries in the world to mark New Year - 2022.

UK Metro reports that the small Pacific island nations of Tonga, Samoa, Kiribati/Christmas Island rang into 2022 at 10am GMT (11am Nigerian time).

The Pacific Islands sparked off a day’s worth of celebrations around the globe.

Oceanian country, New Zealand become the second country to ring into 2020 with fireworks around 10:15am GMT (11:15 CAT).

Auckland - a major city in the north of New Zealand’s North Island celebrated the new year with a fill light show at midnight at the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Sky Tower and Auckland War Memorial Museum.

See New Year 2022 celebration timing in different countries per IndiaTimes:

1. New Zealand: 10:15 am GMT |

2. Australia: 1 pm GMT |

3. Japan, South Korea and North Korea: 3 pm GMT

4. China, Philippines and Singapore: 4 pm GMT

5. Bangladesh: 6 pm GMT

6. Nepal: 6:15 pm GMT

7. India and Sri Lanka: 6:30 pm GMT

8. Pakistan: 7 pm GMT

9. Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and Spain: 11 pm GMT

10. UK, Ireland, Iceland, Portugal: 12 am GMT

11. Brazil (some regions): 2 am GMT

12. Argentina, Brazil (some regions), Chile and Paraguay: 3 am GMT

13. New York, Washington, Detroit: 5 am GMT

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