November 27, 2022

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What is the first and last point of the earth to receive the New Year?

The first and last point on Earth to sound in the New Year is the Pacific Ocean (Photos: AFP / Google Maps)

2021 is coming to an end, with which come festivals and celebrations New Year To give Welcome to 2022. Although people live on the same planet, not all human beings celebrate at the same time due to time zones that determine different times according to geographical locations.

However, due to the shape of the earth, it is vast Pacific Ocean The first and last moment of New Year’s Eve is enjoyed there. The Kiribati Archipelago And this In Howland They are the protagonists who live on January 1st at 24 hour intervals.

Christmas Island Celebrates New Year First (Photo: EFE)
Christmas Island Celebrates New Year First (Photo: EFE)

Located in the middle of this ocean கிரிபதி, A The archipelago consisted of 33 islands, But only 20 of these live; It is located in the northeast of Australia and although it appears to be the largest region, it actually covers an area of ​​811 square kilometers, which is much smaller than London (1,572 km) or Mexico City (1,485 km).

Stands alone in the islands Send, Better known as Christmas IslandAccording to the Gregorian calendar, it is the largest atoll in the world and the first place to start in January each year.

The time difference with the time in central Mexico is more than 20 hours, Well, when is 04:00. In the country December 31, the Republic of Kiribati welcomes the first month of the new year.

Other geographical sites that celebrate this date first are in Saddam Island, New Zealand; Islands Fiji; Islands Tonga; Russia; And this Norfolk Islam In Australia.

Howland Island is uninhabited (Photo: Google Maps)
Howland Island is uninhabited (Photo: Google Maps)

Also located in the Pacific Ocean between Australia and Hawaii Isla Howland, Better known as Isla Amelia Airhart, In memory of the American pilot who attempted his first voyage around the world via the equator, but disappeared on July 2, 1937, while flying over the region.

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The island belongs to the United States, Since this country claimed ownership in 1857; It is currently a protected sanctuary for wildlife, birds and local marine animals. To access this uninhabited site, you must obtain special permission from the US Government.

The time difference of this geographical point with Mexico is less than five hours because in the national territory it is 05:00. On January 1, a new year begins in this Atoll.

Last points celebrating the arrival of 2022: Baker Island and Howland Island, US-owned; Niue in New Zealand; Titus, from French Polynesia; Bitcoin Island in the United Kingdom; Finally a Mexican point, Revillacigedo Island.

This archipelago is located in Colima (photo: Bruno Orosco)
This archipelago is located in Colima (photo: Bruno Orosco)

Although it may seem hard to believe, this is a Mexican archipelago It is one of the last New Year receptions in the country And one of the places where daylight saving time does not fit; The time difference with the center of Mexico is minus two hours.

It is made up of four islands, which are affiliated with a federal agency Colima, Located in the Pacific Ocean. In 2016, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) attributed their character The natural heritage of mankind.

During the six-year tenure of Enrique Pena Nieto (2012-2018), it was thus decreed. National Park, Thus making it the largest in North America.

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