Mangalureans Welcome New Year 2018 with Prayers and Revelry
Mangaluru: The City welcomed the New Year on Sunday with prayers and revelry as people thronged Churches and Hotels and wished each other at midnight.
The New Year is to enjoy the last day of the current year and welcome the new year. The Bajrang Dal and VHP had warned not to celebrate the new year and had submitted a memorandum to the Police Commissioner T R Suresh condemning Music parties and Drinks in hotels and pubs on the night of December 31 saying that on December 31 night in the name of New Year Parties, hotels and pubs were holding DJ parties with dance and drinks which they were against. According to them, DJ Parties and drinks in hotels and pubs tempt girls to take part in parties. To avoid such a situation, they requested the Police Commissioner not give permission to hold DJ parties in Pubs or Hotels and close such places by 11:00 pm on December 31.
But police commissioner T R Suresh has allowed parties to be held until 12 midnight. Tight security was in place to avoid any untoward incidents from taking place and the Police commissioner has assured of providing safety to organizers holding New Year parties. At the same time, he has also warned of taking strict action against anyone trying to take the law into their hands.
New year Parties were held in various places to celebrate the beginning of the New Year.
At sharp 12 midnight the organizers stopped the music and switched off the lights at Hotel Gold Finch in the city, lights were switched on along with bursting firecrackers after a few seconds welcoming the new year 2018.
Police kept a strict vigil on the traffic violators with a temporary check post at Balmatta. More than 5 drink and drive cases and 15 cases of riding two-wheelers without a helmet were filed. DCP Crime and Traffic Uma Prashant personally monitored the situation.
Comparing to the new year celebrations last year, this year was dull with celebrations only at a few places.
by Athmika Ramachandra
As the finale of the ongoing winter festival, the Mysuru Palace was lit from the 12.00 am to 12.30 am. With brilliant fireworks, the Royal Palace and the city of Mysore welcomed 2018.
This was the first time that the Palace was lit up for the New Year. The city has seen a drastic increase in the number of tourists to the city thanks to the winter festival. The successful show of this year is expected to be repeated for the years to come.