India joins world to welcome 2014

New Delhi, Dec 31 : While few countries have already ushered in the New Year, India rang in 2014 at the stroke of midnight with people celebrating across the country with parties, songs and dance as skies lit up with fireworks and the sound of crackers mingled with the collective roar of revellers welcoming the new.

Amid celebrations, Australia and New Zealand have already welcomed new year. Thousands attended the traditional spectacular pyrotechnics in Australia's Sydney city.

Beijing, Jakarta and Singapore along with other cities in the eastern Asia celebrated the arrival of 2014 next while India soon joined the revelry with the haves partying hard to welcome the new year, even as people of modest means greeted the year too with joy and anticipation.

The poor and the homeless- the proverbial have-nots- battled another cold winter night to usher in 2014 with stoic acceptance of their reality under open sky.

But all only hoped for a better life and fulfillment of dreams in the new year.

So Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, mail boxes and mobile phone inboxes overflowed with good wishes.

Across India, in the big cities the restaurants were booked, the discotheques and night clubs were teeming with youngsters and friends assembled in private parties and gatherings for night long revelry.

From New York to New Market in Kolkata, the entire world has been decorated with lights, balloons and streamers to welcome the new year.

Former Australian cricketer Shane Warne tweeted: "Happy new year everyone."

In India, New Delhi marked the occasion amid tight security arrangements where a section of people received a new year gift from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who announced households in Delhi that used electricity up to 400 units per month will need to pay half of the bill they used to pay earlier.

People visited shopping destinations and parks on Tuesday.

Similarly, people prepared themselves for the perfect celebration and party in Mumbai.

Party goers got an additional good news on Tuesday when the Bombay High Court on Tuesday said all hotels and restaurants can remain open for New Year's Eve parties till 5 am.

The entire spirit of Kolkata has accumulated in Park Street area as people from all ages are seen celebrating the moment in their own ways.

Disc Jockeys remained busy scratching the latest chart-numbers for the entire night as youths flood the floors to shake their legs and make the last night of the year a memorable one.

The restaurants and cafes served the best delicacies on Tuesday as some preferred to spend the moment with their friends and families over a cup of refreshing coffee.

On the Twitter handle, positive vibes overflowed.

"Let Go of Ur Fears, Ur Disappointments & Ur Heartache in 2013 ; Leave it Behind & Embrace 2014 with Hope 4 a New Beginning & a Better YOU !" tweeted Preity Zinta.

Writer Chetan Bhagat wished on Twitter his followers "may you find yourself closer to your goals in 2014!"

--IBNS (Posted on 01-01-2014)

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