New Year’s Eve in the world, in New Zealand it is already 2022 –
The year 2022 has already reached the world, with the first New Year celebrations affecting countries such as Australia and New Zealand. Due to the prevalence of the Omicron variant, the New Year’s wait cannot be attended as one would expect. In fact, quota countdowns are planned in different cities, while according to the latest analyzes in Italy, more than two out of three citizens will spend the New Year at home. Waiting for 2022 to get here too, let’s see which countries in the world actually received it.
The world’s new year, in the Pacific is already 2022
The first to say goodbye to 2021 are those who reside on Christmas Island, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, which is where the International Date Line passes. The group of fifteen atolls 3 thousand kilometers from New Zealand represents a potential symbol of renaissance for the whole world, given that they have been free of Covid for a long time thanks to the special containment measures adopted.
Auckland in New Zealand and Sydney in Australia were the first major cities to invite until 2022. Fortunately, the traditional Bay City fireworks display here has not been canceled, even if entry for participants is limited, with tickets given out preferably for those vaccinated. After 11 hours, it will be the turn of the Pacific nations to Italy, while the last to leave in 2021 will be the inhabitants of the islands of Samoa, located just before the date line. They will be the ones to say goodbye to the year that is about to leave us.
Restrictions and cancellations in different cities
Celebrations have been canceled – or scaled back anyway – in Europe, too, due to the new wave of infections caused by the Omicron variant. In London, for example, the mayor canceled the traditional toast in Trafalgar Square, while in Paris there are many canceled events and shows, including the traditional date on the Champs-Elysees. Gatherings of more than a dozen people are prohibited in Berlin, but strict restrictions are also in place in Belgium, Denmark, Portugal and Spain, where the party on the Ramblas of Barcelona has been skipped.
The limit is 15,000 instead of people in New York’s famous Times Square, about a quarter of the attendance compared to previous years. The traditional fires from Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro have also been cancelled. In short, a quiet new year that will hopefully be the last in the age of Covid, with the hope that 2022 will bring optimism and recovery to all of us.
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