In New Zealand, Australia and the islands of Samoa, Tonga and small Kiribati, people have ushered in on Thursday 2021.
As usual, the inhabitants of the islands were the first to celebrate the New Year at 11:00 AM (Dutch time).
Confusingly, the residents of American Samoa, the eastern part of the Samoa Islands, are among the last to celebrate the New Year. This part is just on the other side of the date line.
After the small islands, New Zealand followed at noon. New Zealand closed its borders in March and imposed a mandatory quarantine for citizens who decided to return from abroad. As a result, the number of corona infections has remained so small that festivals can take place at the turn of the year.
In other countries, New Year’s celebrations are a bit more austere. For example, the famous fireworks show in Sydney, Australia did take place, at 2 p.m. it will be 2021 there, but the spectacle has been shortened. Authorities had also called on people to watch the show from home.
Fireworks show in Taiwan continues
The fireworks show in Taiwan, from the 509 meter high building Taipei 101, continues as usual. Some events have been canceled.
In Taipei, the maximum number of visitors at a major event was therefore limited to 40,000. Typically hundreds of thousands of people gather at City Hall to enjoy the fireworks.
Singapore has canceled the central fireworks show. Instead, fireworks can be seen at various places in the city.
Festivities in India are largely canceled. Curfews apply in many large cities and various provinces. Large-scale gatherings are prohibited and bars and restaurants remain closed.
In China, the annual light show at the tallest building in the capital Beijing has been completely canceled. Here it is 2021 at 5 pm Dutch time. In the city of Wuhan, on the other hand, where the corona virus was discovered a year ago, thousands of people gather to count down to 2021.