Published December 31, 2012
CANBERRA, Australia – The first countries to see 2013 dawn will enthusiastically welcome the new year.
Increasingly democratic Myanmar will have a public countdown for the first time. Jakarta plans a huge street party befitting Indonesia's powering economy.
In Sydney, eager revelers camped over Sunday night on the shores of the harbor to get the best vantage points as more than 1 million are expected to see the fireworks show centered on the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
In a field in Myanmar's largest city, Yangon, workers early Monday were testing a giant digital countdown screen with the backdrop of the revered Shwedagon pagoda.