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New Year cheer starts early in time-jumping Samoa

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Map locates Samoa; country plans to move their calendar forward one day by moving across the International Dateline By STAFF Map locates Samoa; country plans to move their calendar forward one day by moving across the International Dateline By STAFF

APIA, Samoa (AP) -- The New Year's Eve parties started a whole day early on the Pacific island nation of Samoa, after a hop across the international date line transported the country 24 hours into the future.

Samoa and neighboring Tokelau are close to the international dateline that zigzags vertically through the Pacific Ocean, and both sets of islands decided to realign themselves this year from the Americas side of the line to the Asia side.

That makes them the first in the world to ring in the new year rather than the last.

Samoans began celebrating at the stroke of midnight on Thursday, Dec. 29. That's when the country skipped over Friday and moved straight into 12:01 a.m. on New Year's Eve. Pools and beaches have been crowded with revelers.
 

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