Are you drunk yet? Better put on your cardboard hat and wacky glasses and get started toasting with a bottle of champagne. It’s New Year’s somewhere. Here’s how things are going down around the world.
Samoa and Tokelau jumped ahead a full day on Thursday in some sort of government sanctioned time warp to bring them in line with Asian trading partners. They may have lost a full 24 hour period of their lives, but they did get to be the first to ring in 2012. Worth it?
Auckland was the first major city to kick things off, doing so with fireworks much like those in Sydney, Australia who watched a 15-minute multi-million dollar display.
Beijing celebrated its first-ever western-style countdown with a light show at the Taoist Temple of Heaven, reports the BBC. No word on if paper noise makers were sold nearby at a pop-up concession stand.
Meanwhile, giant hanging bells have been ringing in Japan all day to purify the world of evil and bring good luck. In Tokyo, people released helium balloons with their wishes attached reports the AP.
And in New York City, home of The Ball and center of the NYE universe, crowds have already started to gather. The NYPD started shutting off the streets at 3pm, so if you plan on going get there fast.
Have a great night!