Happy New Year!

Photo from Rafh Zee
How did you welcome the New Year?

Here in Sydney, we ushered in 2016 in grand style. I was one of the more than 1.5 million spectators lined up in various locations across the city to watch the famous Sydney fireworks. 

Photo from Rafh

Some of these people came out early on New Year's Eve to camp out and secure vantage spots. 

Yacht owners converged at a local Yacht Club, close to where I was, to watch the show in style.

The Harbour Bridge was the centre of attraction for the display that illuminated the night sky, spurting thousands of beautiful, sparkling fragments. At 9 p.m., we had a one-minute teaser to heighten our expectation for the main event. Then at midnight, for 13 minutes, we were treated to a barrage of spectacular explosions that whirled and shattered into sparks of colourful dust.

Photo from Rafh 
Photo by Pouria Baldari
I filmed the entire display. I tried, unsuccessfully, to post a clip of it here. If you'd like to watch the video, I have it on my Facebook page.

New Year's Eve celebration is serious business here in Australia. The budget for the Sydney event was pegged at $7 million. Big numbers eh? I presume it was all worth it. Sydney is brimming with tourists. It's a boost for tourism and for business owners. The fireworks display was one of the main attractions and I'm sure visitors were not disappointed. I wasn't disappointed. You have to watch the video to understand just how superb it was. 

Happy New Year to you.

I wish you the very best days ahead.
3 comments on "Happy New Year!"
  1. Hiya,

    You mean they literally blew up $7 million! Lol

    The fireworks look so beautiful, an exciting way to enter the New Year.

    Well, some of us on the other side of the atlantic had to make do with the odd gunshot-like "banger" sounds at midnight. Hahaha!

    I wish you the very best in 2016. :-)

  2. Beautiful photos, will watch the video latet. Best wishes for the new year Raqua, hope to peruse more blog posts from you this year.

  3. Beautiful!!! Happy new year dear!


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