Samoa makes a quantum leap into the future, missing December 30, as it switches timezones to be closer to major trading partners in Australia and New Zealand.
For 120 years Samoa has been 21 hours behind Australia. After the change, it will be three hours ahead of some major cities in Australia.
The plan to jump across the international dateline will take Samoa from being one of the last places to see the sun each day to being among the first.
Samoa is part of the Province of Mary Help of Christians. The Salesians working in Samoa are being affected by this change.
This change is accepted with mix reactions for most ordinary Samoans one of which being very disappointing for those who celebrate birthday on 30th December.