The year 2022 turned to 2023 in time zones across the world, starting in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Some of the first people who celebrated 2023 live in Kiribati, an island country in the Pacific Ocean, with a population of less than 122,000 people.
Australia, which is one of the first big countries to begin the year, started 2023 with a bang — 7,000 fireworks were launched from the Sydney Harbour Bridge and another 2,000 from the nearby Sydney Opera House.
Here’s a look at how people are celebrating the new year in various countries.
Air raid sirens went off as Russian missiles rained down on several cities on New Year’s Eve. The streets of Kyiv were deserted by midnight, the AP reported, as the city remains under an 11 p.m. curfew. Still, some managed to gather earlier.