What the rest of the world can only hope for New Year’s Eve 2021 is already a reality for New Zealand: a carefree turn of the year with parties, festivals and fireworks displays.
Meanwhile, almost all other countries face restrictions that vastly diminish the festive character of New Year’s Eve.
With no cases of coronavirus infections within the country’s borders, most New Zealand events can occur. That also means: without maximum numbers of visitors and restrictions due to public health.
In Auckland, the largest city in the country, a light show is projected on the town’s main buildings. Then, at midnight, a five-minute fireworks display starts.
In Gisborne, also on the North Island, the three-day music festival Rhythm and Vines is already underway. Some 20,000 festival-goers were surprised when public health official Ashley Bloomfield appeared on a big screen.
The top civil servant could be seen and heard with a remix of safety warnings he had made together with a DJ.
In New Zealand, which is on the other side of the world, 2021 will start twelve hours earlier than in the Netherlands due to the time difference. New Zealand is one of the first countries to celebrate the New Year every year.