get ready to travel in time and set our clocks back an hour at 2 a.m. Nov. 6 to leave daylight time and return to standard time.
The sun will rise and set an hour earlier and we get an extra hour of sleep. (Yay!)
The first places to see the sunrise and sunset each day in not only Canada, but also North America, are Newfoundland and Labrador, an advantage to having their own separate time zone.
Despite being called “the land of the rising sun,” Japan is not the first country in the world to see the sunrise each day. It is called that because of its geographical relationship with China.
A long time ago, a letter was written by a prince in Japan to the emperor of China about being “the land of the rising sun”, and the name just kind of stuck.
Japan doesn’t see the sun first when compared to every other country in the world, just with regards to China.
In fact, on a list of the top 10 countries to see the sunrise first, Japan is number seven.
Up until the end of 2011, the sun rose first in the world in either New Zealand or Kiribati, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean.
But then Samoa decided to move across the International Dateline to put it closer in time to its main trading partners Australia and New Zealand.
Before that, it was 23 hours behind those two countries, meaning it missed two days for business every week when it was on a weekend while Australia and New Zealand were on a weekday and vice versa.
Samoa went from being the last country in the world to see the sunset on a particular day to being the first to see the sunrise.
On December 29, 2011, Samoa skipped a day to move to the eastern side of the dateline, and went straight to December 31, 2011, meaning everyone born on December 30 had to celebrate their birthday one day earlier or later.
with info from quora.com, worldknowing.com, destinationstjohns.com.