New Year's Eve 2022 LIVE — NYE opening times at Asda, Tesco & Aldi plus firework images as world celebrates 2023 | The Sun

NEW Year's Eve is here at last and revellers around the world are getting ready to see in yet another year in style.

From London to Los Angeles billions across the globe will celebrate as they welcome New Year 2023.

New Zealand became the first nation to celebrate (at 11am GMT) along with Tonga and Samoa, while Brits will of course celebrate at 12am GMT on January 1, 2023, with a massive fireworks display in London.

To commemorate the day, we'll bring you real-time updates from celebrations around the world, from fireworks in Sydney and Beijing, to parties in Paris, New York, Rio de Janeiro and everywhere in between.

On top of that, we will provide all the information you need on shop opening times this New Year's Day.

Read our New Year live blog below to follow all the latest action…

  • Joseph Gamp

    Which countries will celebrate NYE next?

    Here are some more timings for the next four hours.

    The following nations are next to see in New Year 2023

    • 12pm – Fiji and Eastern Russia
    • 1pm – Eastern Australia (Melbourne and Sydney)
    • 2pm – Central Australia (Brisbane, Darwin and Adelaide)

    Happy New Year, New Zealand!

    It has just passed midnight on January 1, 2023 in New Zealand.

    Tonga and Samoa have also just rang in the New Year!

    New Zealand about to countdown

    Kiwis are about to celebrate the New Year in a matter of minutes.

    Tonga and Samoa will also start the party at 11am GMT.

    We'll post the stunning images from the country in a matter of minutes.

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      Family fireworks above the Sydney Opera House

      The “family fireworks”, displayed three hours before midnight every year ahead of the main show at midnight, fill the sky over the Opera House in Sydney on New Year’s Eve.

      The main event is due to take place at 1pm GMT.

      New Zealand will ring in the chimes in under ten minutes' time.

      Credit: AFP
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      Who's next to celebrate?

      Kiritimati Island, a small Pacific island, has already seen in the New Year at 10am GMT.

      At 11am GMT the tiny Pacific island of Tonga head into a fresh year along with New Zealand and Samoa.

      We'll keep you up to date with the latest pictures from around the world.

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      Who decides who receives an award?

      Whether someone gets an honour is decided by the honours committee.

      Honours committees are made up of both senior civil servants and people who are independent of government with an independent chairperson.

      All nominees are checked by various government departments to make sure they're suitable for honour and this may include checks by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) before their recommendations are passed on to the Prime Minister, and then the King.

      Once all recipients have been decided and checks have been completed, the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood at St James's Palace then arranges for the recipients to be presented with their medals by the King or other members of the Royal Family.

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      Australia launch their 9pm children's firework display

      The big event takes place in a matter of hours in Sydney, Australia.

      But the city has launched its special children's display, for the little ones who just won't make it up til midnight.

      The stunning image shows crimson fireworks bursting over the Mrs Macquaries Point, Harbour Bridge at 9pm.

      Credit: Rex
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      When is the New Year's Honours list announced?

      A list of approximately 1,350 names is published twice a year, at the New Year and on the date of the Sovereign's (official) birthday.

      King Charles celebrates his birthday on November 14.

      The New Year Honours are awarded as part of the New Year celebrations at the start of January and those for the 2023 year are announced at the end of December.

      Recipients of the honours list this year will have a scheduled event at some point in the upcoming year with The King or his regal representative to mark the occasion and award their medals or decoration.

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      What is the New Year's Honours list?

      The New Year Honours is a part of the British honours system, with New Year's Day being marked by naming new members of orders of chivalry and recipients of other official honours.

      Some other Commonwealth realms also mark this day in this way, marking the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the Commonwealth.

      The awards are presented by or in the name of the reigning monarch, King Charles or his vice-regal representative, which has often been filled by the Prince of Wales.

      British honours are also published in supplements to the London Gazette each year.

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      What are the words to Auld Lang Syne?

      Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

      And never brought to mind?

      Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

      And auld lang syne.

      (Chorus: For auld lang syne, my jo,

      For auld lang syne,

      We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,

      For auld lang syne)

      And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp!

      And surely I'll be mine!

      And we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,

      For auld lang syne.


      We twa hae run about the braes

      And pu'd the gowans fine;

      But we've wander'd mony a weary foot

      Sin auld lang syne.


      We twa hae paidl'd i' the burn,

      Frae mornin' sun till dine;

      But seas between us braid hae roar'd

      Sin auld lang syne.


      And there's a hand, my trusty fiere!

      And gie's a hand o' thine!

      And we'll tak a right guid willy waught,

      For auld lang syne.


      Should old acquaintance be forgot,

      And never brought to mind?

      Should old acquaintance be forgot,

      And long, long ago.


      And for long, long ago, my dear

      For long, long ago,

      We'll take a cup of kindness yet,

      For long, long ago

      And surely youll buy your pint-jug!

      And surely I'll buy mine!

      And we'll take a cup of kindness yet,

      For long, long ago.


      We two have run about the hills

      And pulled the daisies fine;

      But we've wandered manys the weary foot

      Since long, long ago.


      We two have paddled in the stream,

      From morning sun till dine;

      But seas between us broad have roared

      Since long, long ago.


      And there's a hand, my trusty friend!

      And give us a hand of yours!

      And we'll take a deep draught of good-will

      For long, long ago.


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      When did Robert Burns write the poem Auld Lang Syne?

      The name of the composer of Auld Lang Syne has been lost over time, but it is attributed to Scottish national poet Robert Burns.

      Burns first wrote down Auld Lang Syne in 1788, but the poem would not appear in print until 1796, shortly after his death.

      Burns sent the poem to the Scots Musical Museum in 1788 – but he told them he didn’t actually compose it himself.

      He said it was an ancient song which had never been written down before, only passed on by word of mouth.

      He is said to have recorded it on paper for the first time after an old man dictated the words to him.

      Poems with similar words existed before the time of Robert Burns.

      Sir Robert Ayton wrote Old Long Syne, first published in 1711 and is sometimes cited as Burns's inspiration.

      The melody of the song existed before the poem.

      The English composer William Shield used a similar tune in his opera Rosina, first performed in 1782.

      It wasn't until 1799 that the words and tune that we know today, would come together in a compilation published by George Thomson.

      In the 19th century it was reprinted many times and eventually became part of the Scottish Hogmanay.

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      Why do we sing Auld Lang Syne at New Year?

      Pictures of people with their arms crossed, holding hands while singing the words before midnight have become a stereotypical image of ringing in the New Year.

      And although it originated in Scotland it is Hollywood that has made Auld Land Syne so popular, using it in many films.

      It features in Christmas favourite It's A Wonderful Life as well as in Forrest Gump and Elf.

      It gained international popularity on New Year's Eve 1929 when Guy Lombardo and his band played the song on stage at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City  which was broadcast on the radio.

      It soon became a US tradition.

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      When are London's bridges closing for NYE celebrations?

      Bridge closure times are as follows:

      • Vauxhall Bridge – closed from 11:30pm
      • Lambeth Bridge – closed from 8pm
      • Westminster Bridge – closed from 2pm
      • Waterloo Bridge – closed to pedestrians from 4pm and traffic from 7pm
      • Blackfriars Bridge – closed from 8pm

      Beware that other central London bridges may close at short notice for public safety reasons.

      Transport for London state that some additional day routes will run overnight, but have not specified which.

      What does Auld Lang Syne mean?

      Auld Lang Syne translates as “old long since” – basically meaning “a long time ago” or “days gone by”.

      "For auld lang syne" therefore means something along the lines of “for old times’ sake”.

      The song is all about preserving old friendships and looking back over the years.

      This is why it is sung on New Year’s Eve, as it encourages people to remember those who mean the most to them and not to forget their friends of the past as they move forward into the New Year.

      What time does New Year arrive around the world?

      As countries all over the world usher in 2023, traditions and celebrations will take place to welcome the New Year over a 25 hour period.

      Brits typically will countdown the New Year to the chimes of Big Ben as they count from ten to one before the explosion of fireworks, celebrations and drinks spilling everywhere.

      Using London time (GMT), this is when the world will welcome 2023:

      December 31

      • 10am – Samoa and Christmas Island/Kiribati
      • 10.15am – New Zealand
      • 12pm – Fiji and Eastern Russia
      • 1pm – Eastern Australia (Melbourne and Sydney)
      • 2pm – Central Australia (Brisbane, Darwin and Adelaide)
      • 3pm – Japan, South Korea and North Korea
      • 3.15pm – Western Australia (Perth and Eucla)
      • 4pm – China, Philippines, Singapore
      • 5pm – Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia
      • 5.30pm – Myanmar and Cocos Islands
      • 6pm – Bangladesh
      • 6.15pm – Nepal
      • 6.30pm – India and Sri Lanka
      • 7pm – Pakistan
      • 8pm – Azerbaijan
      • 8.30pm – Iran
      • 9pm – Turkey, Iraq, Kenya and Western Russia
      • 10pm – Greece, Romania, South Africa, Hungary, and eastern European cities
      • 11pm – Germany, France, Italy, Algeria, Belgium, Spain
      • Midnight – UK, Ireland, Ghana, Iceland, Portugal

      January 1

      • 1am – Cape Verde and the Spanish Isles
      • 2am – Eastern Brazil, South Georgia and Sandwich Islands
      • 3am – Argentina, remaining regions in Brazil, Chile, Paraguay
      • 3.30am – Newfoundland and Labrador/Canada
      • 4am – Eastern Canada, Bolivia, Puerto Rico
      • 5am – Eastern Standard Time in the US – New York, Washington, Detroit and Cuba
      • 6am – Central Standard Time in the US – Chicago
      • 7am – Mountain Standard Time in the US – Colorado, Arizona
      • 8am – Pacific Standard Time  in the US – LA, Nevada
      • 9am – Alaska and French Polynesia
      • 10am – Hawaii, Tahiti and Cook Island
      • 11am – American Samoa
      • 12pm – Baker Island, Howland Island
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        Everything to know about buses running on New Year’s Eve

        During the day on December 31, 2022, buses during the day will be running the usual Saturday service on all routes.

        There will also be a night service, as well as the 24-hour route continuing to operate.

        To support the New Year's Eve fireworks display, there will be some bus routes in central London on diversion from early afternoon.

        From 2pm on New Year's Eve, some bridges in central London will be closed to traffic.

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        Where will the New Year arrive last?

        As the chain reaction of time zones celebrating causes somewhat of a ripple effect across the Earth, there always has to be someone who has to wait the longest.

        The last place to ring in 2023 will be Baker Island and Howland Island, who will see the New Year at 12pm GMT on January 1.

        Albeit uninhabited islands, there may not be many party poppers or champagne corks seeing the New Year in, but the day technically ends an hour later in the US territories.

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        Which country celebrates New Year first?

        Most Brits look to Australia as the first country to see in the New Year but this is not the case.

        Kiritimati Island – also known as Christmas Island – and a string of 10 other mostly uninhabited islands in the central Pacific Ocean will be the first to ring in 2023.

        Despite lying directly south of Hawaii, Kiritimati Island will celebrate the New Year nearly a full day earlier.

        They see in the New Year while Brits are still sipping their morning coffee at 10am GMT on December 31.

        At 11am GMT the tiny Pacific island of Tonga head into a fresh year along with New Zealand and Samoa.

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