Shillong: The Mid night dip at crinoline swimming pool was one of the hallmark of Shillong welcoming the New Year. Under sub zero temperature with added ice blocks to further chill to the cold waters, twenty odd brave swimmers jumped into the waters at the stroke of midnight to welcome the New Year.
Temperature in Shillong was below freezing point by late last night and to continue with the old diving and swimming rituals to herald the New Year, the brave lots did it again for the 21st year in a row. Many questioned, especially those from outside the state who were witnesses to the jump on how they could do it. A heart patient, William who was part of the swimmers said, “It’s all about proving my endurance that I kept on swimming and brave the chill waters to prove the fortitude.” A renowned entrepreneur Kailash Verma on being asked to take the inhospitable venture stated, “This is to prove ourselves in living with the numerous odds.”
Crinoline Swimming pool attracted a number of tourists who witnessed the mid night jump that has taken place for the 21 consecutive years. As always, the Michael Syiem led from the front in this midnight venture with a message similar to what his fellow divers uttered
The scene in numerous points during the midnight was an indicator of the celebration that it has used to be is back. In Shillong alone, there has been no reported ugly fuzz during the midnight hours, a reason that the responsible citizens are happy.