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Saturday, 31 December 2011

New Year's Eve 2012: Celebrations start in Pacific

Wasif Chudhary

Revellers around the world are celebrating the end of 2011 and starting to see in 2012.

Sydney heralded the new year with a 15-minute multi-million dollar firework display at midnight (13:00 GMT).

In Hong Kong the countdown to 2012 was made in giant illuminated numbers on the side of a skyscraper facing the harbour.

Samoa and Tokelau were the first to celebrate after jumping across the international dateline.

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In pictures: New Year 2012
As the clock struck midnight at the end of 29 December, the two South Pacific island nations fast-forwarded to 31 December, missing out on 30 December entirely.

Samoa announced the decision in May, to improve ties with major trade partners Australia and New Zealand. Neighbouring Tokelau decided to follow suit in October.

Tourists and locals partied throughout Saturday as Samoa revelled in being the first country to ring in the new year, rather than the last.

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