Op-Ed: It is New Year's Eve 2015 in the UK but across the world in New Zealand it is already January 1, 2016.
That country celebrated with the usual huge firework display around 11am December 31, 2015, GMT.
New Year is a time for celebration but this year is one big headache for the authorities due to perceived and real threats of terrorism.
Fireworks have become a big part of New Year's in the 21st Century; capital cities around the world always went overboard as the clocks hit midnight but now that has spread to cities, communities and households.
As long-standing dog rescuers we always add a word of caution to those with pets. Remember if you leave your pet home alone New Year's neighbourhood fireworks that in the 21st Century can sound like huge thunderclaps or even bombs could terrify your pet.
We have always opted to stay home to celebrate apart from the few years we did not have a dog or two sharing our home.
But remember some old and vulnerable people may dread New Year fireworks which seem to go on and on and on.
Then there are military veterans and refugees recently re-homed in foreign lands; for them tonight's festivities may be too close to the sound of conflict to bear.
Wednesday CNN International reported "Germany bans New Year's fireworks at refugee shelters."
Arnsberg's [in Germany] fire department said on its official website "Maybe it is worth the thought of not using firecrackers at all this year. "This would help to prevent people who have fled their homes to our country from having to relive the horrors that threatened their life and well-being in their countries of origin."
The risk of fire at places such as the so-called Jungle refugee camp near Calais is huge but then there is the potential stress and fear to those perhaps experiencing PTSD.
Across Europe New Year's will be somewhat different to the norm.
London ticket only firework celebrations will see an increased police presence and many officers will be armed.
Paris, France, has scaled back its New Year celebrations after recent terror events and continued concerns over possible fresh attacks. In Paris the fireworks are gone, replaced by video footage; it will be played at the Arc de Triomphe just before midnight and relayed on screens along the Champs Elysees.
Brussels has gone a step further.
New Year is 'cancelled' although the clocks will still flip over into 2016 obviously.
Prosecutors in Brussels say they have arrested six people in connection with an alleged plot to target the city on New Year's Eve.
Leaders, governments, security personnel and we the general public face some tough choices.
If we change our lifestyle due to threats and intimidation in some ways the terrorists win but if the authorities do nothing and people die we will be outraged; for now at least we may have to accept heavy security at public events.
So it is Happy New Year all; have fun but stay safe and here's to a better New Year.
[This week a 'Silent bomber' couple were jailed for life for a London terror plot]