The city witnessed muted New Year celebrations, with many residents visiting places of worship to usher in the year with prayers. There weren’t any large gatherings and parties, as the state government had strictly banned the same given the recent spike in Covid-19 cases.
The celebrations were confined to houses and places of worship, where people adhered to the Covid protocols that were put in place by health officials. People exchanged wishes by visiting places of their relatives and friends, while some travel short distances to get rid of the boredom.
Temples witnessed crowds throughout the day. Special pujas were conducted at Puliakulam Vinayakar temple, Sidhapudur Ayyappa temple, Maruthamalai Murugan temple, Perur Pateeswarar temple, Anaimalai Masaniamman temple, Mettupalayam Vanabadrakali Amman temple and Koniamman temple, where devotees thronged in large numbers.
Christians visited churches, where midnight prayers and mass were held. St Michael’s church on Big Bazaar Street, St Antony’s church at Puliakulam, Our Lady of Fatima church & St Francis of Assisi church at Athipalayam Pirivu and Syrian church on Brooke Bond Road were filled with devotees.
R Jeevagan, a resident of Ganapathy Maa Nagar, said he had given up the usual long road trip with his family during the New Year this time. “We did not plan any long travel this year because of the pandemic situation. We visited a couple of relatives’ houses and celebrated the New Year with them.” The celebrations remained a low-key affair in residential apartments as well.
The celebrations were largely peaceful in the city, except for some stray incidents here and there. There weren’t any major road accidents as well, since police personnel were deployed on all the roads to prevent rash and drunk driving.
Most of the major flyovers were brought under the control of police after midnight to prevent the unnecessary movement of vehicles. It’s noteworthy that the people in Coimbatore took the safety protocols seriously and were aware of the disease by cooperating with the government.
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