Those from Europe, Australia and America have already decided to ring in the New Year with fireworks, candles and prayers. For them, the New Year celebration is all about food, drink, good company and perfect ambience.
The expats in the City are known for their whole-hearted participation in the New Year events. From arranging house parties to booking resorts, they have some great plans to usher in the New Year.
Cesar Garza, who works in a software solution company, always spent his Christmas holidays outside India. For the first time, he has decided to stay in the City and says that he is yet to plan his day. “Although, I usually go abroad to celebrate Christmas and New Year, this time I didn’t have any leave. I am trying to figure out what to do in Bangalore.”
Dacia from Romania who had thrown a house party for her friends last year is in a mood to relax this time. “Last year, I had a hectic time preparing for the party, decking the house and preparing the menu. So, this year I am looking forward to attending parties rather than arranging one myself. In case, I don’t get any invitations, I will go to a resort on the outskirts which offers a good DJ night,” she says.
Jeyson Norman from the US has many friends in the City. Though all of them are working in different organisations, they never miss their New Year excursions together. “As my company is closed for another 15 days, it is impossible for me to stay at home. My friends have booked a resort in Bandipur where we will put up a fire camp and party the whole night. My Indian friends have taken up all the responsibilities and I know it is not safe to go to any remote place without local people.”
Momose Toshio from Japan is all excited to join Bangaloreans in the celebrations. In Japan, he says, the celebrations were limited to a family get-together and listening to the tolling of bells from temples. “I have already zeroed in on the happening places in the City and asked one of my Indian colleagues to take me to Brigade Road, UB City and Indiranagar.”
However, Momose says he is going to miss his family and friends this time.
“New Year celebration becomes colourful only when you are in the company of good friends. Without them, there is no meaning in going to places,” he says.