Happy New Year to Samoa and Christmas Island in Kiribati – the first places in the world to enter 2020.
As it hit 10am in the UK, those in the South Pacific officially welcomed in the new decade.
Kiritimati – or Christmas Island – and Samoa both lie immediately west of the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean and have started the ball rolling for New Year’s revellers across the globe.
Next up it will be the turn of partygoers in New Zealand who will celebrate the start of 2020 at 11am UK time.
Then at 1pm here, the clock will strike midnight across much of Australia, including Sydney, where its spectacular harbour fireworks display is going ahead despite the deadly bushfire crisis.
Pressure has been building on Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison to cancel the display but he has vowed to go ahead to show the world the country’s resilience.
Wildfires in the past several weeks have killed 12 people and razed more than 1,000 homes, with New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, bearing the brunt.
But while the City of Sydney Council has approved tonight’s fireworks, fire authorities warned they could be cancelled if catastrophic wildfire conditions were declared.
As the clock strikes 12 in London tonight, 12,000 fireworks – including 2,000 from the London Eye on the River Thames – will be set off to see in the New Year.
Big Ben’s chimes will also be heard for the first time in a year amid renovation work to the clock tower.
Outlying American islands in the South Pacific, which are just east of the International Date Line, will be the last to welcome 2020 at midday on Wednesday UK time – more than 24 hours after Samoa.