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It's fun all the way

Staff Reporter

People welcome New Year in style



Students of Delhi Public School at Nidamanuru near Vijayawada participating in a cultural programme organised as part of New Year celebrations on Saturday.

VIJAYAWADA: The city came alive with New Year celebrations that began well before midnight on Friday and continued past midnight to peak during the day on Saturday.

As soon as the clock struck 12 a.m., the people who assembled in groups either to celebrate in private or in hotels or other public places went into raptures and cheered each other with best wishes for a happy New Year.

A joyous atmosphere prevailed on the chilly Friday night with people actively engaged in musical and other entertainment programmes held in hotels, clubs and resorts in and around the city. Sale of liquor shot up, even as people queued up to buy specially made cakes and sweets to usher in the New Year. Shopkeepers made brisk business by offering discounts. Apartments and residential colonies too witnessed the celebrations, while streets reverberated with the noise made by youngsters zooming on motorcycles with high pitch honking. These youths performed dangerous acrobatic feats on the two-wheelers and disturbed the free flow of traffic on main roads like Bandar Road and Eluru Road, notwithstanding the warnings issued by the city police.

Competitions

During the day, students of Delhi Public School at Nidamanuru near here organised New Year celebrations that included 27 interesting events and competitions such as drawing, painting, elocution, just a minute, fancy dress, pencil sketch, mono action, chat show, best hair stylist, dresser, mehendi, salad making, dance, face painting, flower arrangement, treasure hunt, mural painting, fashion show, solo dance, change the lyrics and sing. As many as 800 students took part.

The students of Nalanda Vidya Niketan organised a fete by setting up stalls. District Educational Officer D. Venkata Subbaiah participated as chief guest, while Nalanda group secretary and correspondent Atluri Vijaya Babu, principal P.S. Sudha and vice-principal Manjula were present on the occasion.

Television child artistes Nagendra Shiva Prasad and Rakshita performed dance at the celebrations held in M.K Gandhi Concept School, Labbipet. Principal B. Ravi Prasad asked the children to review their efforts in the previous year and work more effectively.

Pilgrim rush

The celebrations were held on a grand scale in various churches across the city. The Gunadala Matha Shrine witnessed huge pilgrim rush from the early hours of the day. People from different parts of Krishna district and neighbouring districts reached the city to visit the shrine. Head of Vijayawada Catholic Diocese Bishop Mallavarapu Prakash gave his message and said that all the people should enter New Year with a clean and kind heart. Parish Priest M. Chinnappa and other were present. St. Peter's Cathedral church at Tarapet celebrated the New Year from the midnight of Friday. Hundreds of devotees participated in the special prayers held on the occasion. Father Lamu Jaya Raju, Vijaya Babu, Raraju and others were present.

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