July 25, 2017

Posted: January 16, 2017, 9:16pm

A little late for this post but I couldn’t help but reminisce one of the most beautiful New Year’s eves I’ve experienced in my life.

It poured heavily the entire day and I was prepared for the New Year’s countdown to happen in my cosy little room which sheltered some really awesome people. The food, the drinks, the desserts and the music – everything was taken care of. But eventually it did stop raining and Uber took us to the Grand Park. I had heard a lot about it before but having a first-hand view of things was whole another story.

Around 50,000 people crammed the streets of Downtown LA on 31st December 2016. Every possible security measure was taken care of. I was really impressed by the fact that the entire event was so well organised and managed. We were merry already and joined the throng only at about 11:00 pm. People from so many different nationalities were present. The place was beautifully lit and the music complimented the celebrations at every possible level. The most iconic phenomenon, though, were the projections! I had never in my life seen such amazing projections on a building. It was so creative, eye-catching and well-thought of. The countdown was continuously being displayed in different patterns and hues.

And then it was time. The final countdown had begun. We all joined it to finally welcome the New Year, 2017! It was indeed a grand welcome to the year with brilliant fireworks! In that moment, everyone was happy. Everyone was hopeful and a sense of finally getting done with such a challenging year prevailed. I experienced this weird sense of oneness spreading in the atmosphere. It was a little similar to what I experienced during the Coldplay’s concert (that was immensely magnified though). It showed ‘Happy New Year, 2017’ in several different languages. Seeing it in Hindi, ‘Naya Saal Mubarak’ kinda made me miss home a little. But I’ve embraced this city pretty well now. That’s what the New Year made me realise.  And I like the fact that I did so.


Published on July 25th, 2017

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