The continent of Oceania, that include Australia; New Zealand and island nations like Fiji and Papua New Guinea, have been the first countries in the world to welcome the New Year. The Kiritimati Island in Kiribati is the first inhabited place to celebrate 2023, where January 1 begins at 10 am GMT (December 30th). Thanks to the unique location next to the international date line, the Republic of Kiribati sees the sunrise first every day. Likewise, this island nation in the Central Pacific rings in the New Year first in the world. People in Australia and New Zealand have now already welcomed in the New Year 2023.