By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 1: At the crack of dawn on January 1, 2016 young and old as well in the city were as merry as the day is long – making beelines, be it in front of amusement parks or places of worship.
Since early in the morning long queues were seen in front of maths, mandirs, majhars, amusement parks, the State zoo, etc. This clearly shows that the people of the city, regardless of their faith, want 2016 to be, apart from other virtues, a peaceful year.
Devotees were seen standing in queues in front Bashistha temple, Balaji Temple, Kamakhya Devalaya, Shukreshwar Devalaya, Umanda Devalaya, bagraha Mandir, Ugratara Temple, Ganesh Mandir, Lakshmimandir, Doulgovinda Mandir, Geeta Mandir, Lankeswar Shiva Mandir, Hayagrib Madhab Mandir, Poamecca, Hatigaon-Sijubari Majhar, Athgaon Majhar, Ulubari Majhar, Panbazar Church, etc.
City parks like Shraddhanjali Kan, Nehru Children Park, Tarunram Phukan Park, Shankardev Udyan, Bhagavan Mahabir Udyan, Sati Radhika Park, Dhigalipukhuri, Jalukbari Park, Guwahati Joggers’ Park, State Zoo etc., were agog with activities like picnics and other merrymaking activities among friends and family members. Thousands of visitors were seen today in the State Zoo where the authorities declared this Friday open. Boating on Dhigalipukhuri was a common sight today.
Riparian merrymaking was at its best on the beach and water of the Brahmaputra today. River cruising, kite flying, paragliding, etc., were seen.
In the morning hours, the city wore a deserted look, and most of the business establishments downed their shutters.