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Where is the new year celebrated first?
ATLANTA -- It would make for a great "Jeopardy" answer: The Pacific island groups of Samoa and Kiribati share this annual first-in-the-world distinction. And the correct question would be: Where is the new year celebrated first? Thanks to their positions just to the west of an irregularly drawn international date line, these two Polynesian destinations roughly halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand get to be first in line to greet the coming year.