5 Cool Facts about the New Year Celebration

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  • TEMPO.CO, JAKARTA - We are currently nearing the end of 2018 and preparing to welcome January 1st of 2019 that will be celebrated through festivities that vary across the globe. 

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    The following are five interesting trivial facts related to new year celebration tradition that Tempo compiled for you.

    1. Celebrating Earth's Complete Orbit around the Sun

    A whole year, as Nasa concludes, is how long the earth revolves around the sun which takes around 365 days, 5 hours, 59 minutes, and 16 seconds.

    It's an astronomical event worth celebrating considering that earth's orbital speed is 107,000 kilometers per hour according to astrophysicist Amelie Saintonge. This gives you an idea of how vast space is. 

    2. Kiritimati Island First to Experience New Year

    Kiritimati or Christmas Island is part of the Republic of Kiribati in the northern Line Islands. 

    It is located 2,160 kilometers south of Honolulu and is the first inhabited places on earth to celebrate new year due to its position that is immediately west of the International Date Line.

    3. Last to Celebrate it is Baker Island 

    Baker Island is an uninhabited atoll within the U.S. region situated just north of the equator in the central Pacific Ocean roughly around 3,090 km southwest of Honolulu.

    4. Celebrating it Twice

    During the 2017-2018 new year's eve, PrivateFly offered any consumer, albeit with the right amount of financial backing, to celebrate new year twice in one night.

    Their website states that it would be done via the fastest bespoke private jet itinerary from Sydney to Los Angeles, which is 19 hours behind Sydney, by minimizing travel time through flying eastwards across the International Date Line.

    5. Earliest New Year Celebration Recorded

    The earliest recorded festivities in honor of a new year’s arrival go far back to 4,000 years in ancient Babylon according to History.com.

    For the Babylonians, the first new moon following the vernal equinox, which is the day in late March with an equal amount of sunlight and darkness, heralded the start of a new year. 

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