Kiritimati Island, First In The World, Welcomes 2017

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Kiritimati Island: Christmas Island in the Pacific Ocean is among the first inhabited places in the world to celebrate New Year 2017. Depending on when you visit Christmas Island on New Year even you may catch one of the many cultural festivals taking place Hari Raya Puasa, Chinese New Year, making the end of the month-long Ramadan fast for Maulaud Nabi, or Vesak day.

Christmas Island (also called as Kiritimati Island) is the biggest island of the Republic of Kiribati in the Pacific Ocean. It is part of the islands of Northern line. With a population of five thousand, it is the initial inhabited location on earth to ring in the New Year.

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Further to the usual Australian public holidays, cultural events include the Hari Raya Haji and Hari Raya Puasa. There are lots of Chinese celebrations including the Hungry Ghost Festival, New Year Chinese celebration with Christmas, and the Mooncake festival, held on the 15th day of the 8 month of the lunar calenderer when the moon is at its full shine. The Chinese template birthdays gods are also enjoyed at the respective temples around the Christmas Island. Exact dates for these celebrations vary from year to year but mostly with Christmas New Year celebrations.

Christmas Island is the made up of a remarkable max of cultures that make a friendly, relaxed and vibrant community. We are house to about two thousand residents including Malay and Chinese as well as people from mainland Australia.