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New Year cheer spreads in city

People at the Great Guwahati Festival on Sunday. Picture by UB Photos

Guwahati, Dec. 29: The New Year mood has set in and people are out in the open, participating in various New Year celebrations across the city.

People gathered today at the riverfront at Uzan Bazar and at Nehru Park to enjoy a fireworks show staged by the Barpeta Atishbazzi Team. Both the shows took place almost simultaneously and people cheered loudly to see the evening sky fill up with various shades of light emitted by the crackers.

The shows were organised by the Kamrup (metro) district administration in association with the Assam Tourism Development Corporation Limited. The organisers have a host of other programmes lined up till New Year-eve.

The organisers also held an art competition at Nehru Park early in the day. People also got to enjoy musical performances by different bands at the national-level rock music competition, Rock Rising, that took place at the riverfront in Uzan Bazar.

Another musical programme was held at Dighalipukhuri, where the audience was treated to some good music by different singers as well as bands as a New Year treat.

“We have organised firecracker shows, musical programmes and a national-level rock music contest at different locations in the city from today till December 31. The preliminary rounds of the rock contest will take place today and tomorrow, while the finals would be held on December 31. A musical programme will again take place at Shradhanjali Kanan tomorrow and at Dighalipukhuri on December 31,” said an official of the Kamrup (metro) district administration.

People in large numbers also flocked to the Great Guwahati Festival for entertainment and to taste mouth-watering food.

Organised by NGO Friends of Guwahati, with support from the Kamrup (metro) district administration and other civic bodies, the four-day festival received around 3 lakh visitors yesterday, the first day, and around 5 lakh today.

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