Samoa is the first country in the world to celebrate new year with a traditional South Pacific knees-up.

The island nation is in the midst of a huge bash with traditional dancers and jugglers throwing flames high into the air.

Thanks to Samoa and Kiribati’s positions – just to the west of an irregularly drawn international date line – the two Polynesian destinations, which are roughly halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand, get to be first in line to greet the coming year.

The most interesting thing about Samoan celebrations is taking an one-hour flight to American Samoa, which is on the other side of the date line, could mean celebrating the New Year twice – twelve hours later.

According to english.republika