Happy New Year 2014!

Happy New Year 2014 from Melbourne! Last night we joined around 500,000 other Melburnians to celebrate the New Year. Trains were free, crowded and good humoured.  A hilarious ride home, where one of my friend’s attempts to get carriage participation, in singing Auld Lang Syne with her, was met with complete silence. It was a perfect summer night to sit on the banks of the Yarra and be dazzled by fireworks from 22 city rooftops.

The world has not been completely happy in 2013, I wish for, above all, peace and tolerance. I sat on the banks of the river surrounded by Australians of all different cultural backgrounds, races and religions. People were wearing Hijabs, Baseball caps, silly looking 2014 headbands, blue and red devil horns, flashing lights, flowers and just plain old bare heads. All around me, faces turned to the sky, enraptured. I thought, this is right, all is as it should be.

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On the banks of the Yarra River, waiting for the fireworks.

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Beautiful reflections and boats with coloured lights, light up the usually brown river.

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Fireworks explode from the top of the Herald Sun building.

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The city is ablaze with stunning showers of coloured light.

27 thoughts on “Happy New Year 2014!

  1. Such beautiful pictures Jennifer, we saw the same beautiful sight from a little park in Ruckers Hill. Peters Reserve. It would have been spectacular from your close up vantage point. Happy, Happy, Happy new year.🙂

  2. I so wish I could have been there to witness the attempt at a sing-along.🙂 Your pictures are lovely what a nice way to bring in the new year. It’s barely 10 degrees here so I”m indoors rather than out enjoying fireworks. The only parties or get-togethers on New Year’s here center on alcohol sadly.

    Isn’t it nice when people from all walks of life can join together on a festive occasion? The only time we hear about people banding together like that is after a disaster which is sad. I agree, let’s hope for more peace in 2014.

    Happy New Year to you, Jen.

    • It really was very funny, the non sing along. Alcohol features at parties here too, the City of Melbourne, banned alcohol in public places last night and I think that added to the family friendly environment. Whilst I did read of spots of trouble here and there, I didn’t see any last night, just people enjoying themselves.

  3. I might have to set myself a new lifetime goal of spending Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Australia in the hot weather! Your NYE sounded like our Canada Day (July 1). Last night I think it was -14C here and I was indoors reading a book🙂

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