A jump in time!

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS -

APIA: Sirens wailed and fire­works ex­ploded over Samoa as the tiny na­tion crossed the in­ter­na­tional date line and jumped for­ward a day in time.

The change ef­fec­tively erased Fri­day, De­cem­ber 30, 2011, from the coun­try’s cal­en­dar.

Samoans, gath­ered around the main clock tower in the cap­i­tal Apia, cheered as the clock struck mid­night on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 29, and time jumped for­ward 24 hours to Satur­day, De­cem­ber 31. The switch is also be­ing ob­served by Toke­lau and is meant to align the is­lands’ time with key trad­ing part­ners in the re­gion.

The jump means they will now be among the first in the world to ring in the new year. – Sapa-ap

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