Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Western New Year in the East

The Western new year has come to China, with limited celebrations in Beijing. The Chinese New Year is celebrated on the first day of the first lunar month - January 26 this year.

Kiritimati (Christmas Island - discovered by Captain Cook on Christmas Eve, 1777), a Pacific Ocean island with a population of about 6,000, is the earliest home to the new year. The new year came to Kiritimati at 5 am US eastern time.

(image credit: Chinese New Year from Meizhou, China, Anthony Hartman)