Monday, 16 January 2012

My celebration of 31st December in Kolkata to share with you

Kolkata tops the list of Indian cities known for their festive ambience on 31st December; the last day of the year. The celebration of the day to ring out the old and ring in the new is full of thrills and spills in the city of Kolkata. Kolkata a cosmopolitan city metropolis cheers in the evening and chills out the night on 31st December with so much gusto as if there is no tomorrow. 

The entirety of Kolkata soaks in the joyous spirit of 31st December. The jovial celebration of the day as ceremonious festivity has become one with the identity of Kolkatans, irrespective of their caste, religion and language. Nicco Park, Millennium Park, City Center, South City, Nandan, Nalban, Park Street, and Esplanade are the places across the cityscape where the joyous mode runs high on 31st December.

Very few people stay indoors resisting the attraction of joy and pleasure outside. I too go out. On 31st December evening this year, I went out to visit the New Market area and Park Street with my parents. These two elite places in the heart of the city receive thousands of footfalls. It is a pleasure to be part of the cheering crowd. Both New Market and Park Street were decorated with colorful lights as new brides. Many were hanging out; many were queuing up for entry to restaurants; many were surrounding roadside food stalls. There was so much to see, so much to feel and so much to wonder at that it can’t be summed up in a few words. New Market and Park Street became beautiful fairgrounds where there was no roller-coaster though; the revelers were on a fun ride.

The tempo of these two places continued till wee hours. Though we came back before it was 12 at night, I was under the fascination of the 31st December outing.  


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