Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happi Niu Ear!

I would like to wish a very Happy New Year to eveyone out there!

May 2006 bring a lot more of happiness, health & wealth for you and your loved ones.

Keep well and smile always!

2006 CELEBRATIONS AROUND THE GLOBE


Pakistan: Pakistani women and children light oil lamps in Lahore, Pakistan, to commemorate the victims of October 8's killer quake and to welcome the new year.


Hong Kong: Confetti flutters, ringing in the new year in Hong Kong's Times Square.


United Kingdom: A new year's fireworks display erupts behind the London Eye in London, England's South Bank area just after midnight.


Australia: Fireworks explode over Sydney Harbor marking the start of the year of 2006.

People in Sydney poured to vantage points around the harbor to watch this spectacular fireworks show at midnight.


India: A man decorated with a message of peace for India and Pakistan - with each nation's flag painted on his face - celebrates in Amritsar.


China: A Chinese girl looks over golden dogs. Chinese consider 2006 as Year of the Dog.


Brazil: More than 2 million people celebrate New Year's Eve under an enormous fireworks display at the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Japan: In the precincts of Tokyo's Zojoji Buddhist temple, new year's resolutions attached to balloons are let off at the stroke of midnight.

In Japan, it is a popular custom to make the first visit of the year to Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines on New Year's Day to pray for health and prosperity.


United States: Fireworks explode over the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington, during New Year's Eve celebrations.


Singapore: Luminous colored fireworks go off at the stroke of midnight in the Marina Bay area on New Year's Eve in Singapore.

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong gave a speech to the city-state on New Year's Day that encouraged citizens to continue building a vibrant global city, a land of opportunity, an inclusive society and a cohesive nation.


Germany: Fireworks explode for the new year above the Quadriga at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany.

Pictures courtesy of CNN.com

36 comments:

sana shahzad said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR:)!!
i must say that very nice effort hasan!....very good collection of pictures....May this yr brings happiness n blessings to all of us.

Hasan Mubarak said...

Happy New Year to you too Sana!

May this year be a year of success and happiness for you!

AsianSmiles said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR MrH!

Good post! I specially liked the PK tradition of lighting oil lamps... it's so serene :)

Allow me to add a brief note..:)

Filipinos celebrate New Year with an abundant family meal at midnight of Dec31 (to signify abundance of food for the year to come; togetherness), light firecrackers (joy), make some noise (supposedly to drive away evil but of course we know that they are supposed to lift the moods up), and some other traditions, mostly with superstitious beliefs that accompany them. One fun tradition is wearing shirts or dresses with polka dot prints, lol - it symbolizes money!

Generally, it's the family dinner that's most important. :)

Have a good one MrH!

Saad said...

Really nice collection of pictures. Happi Niu Ear to you too :)

Raheel said...

killer post :)

happy new year!!

DCS said...

WOW. What great photographs! You definitely have an eye for visual presentations. I really enjoyed this. The picture of Pakistani women really appealed to my heart. Thanks for such a great post.

DCS said...

I also enjoyed the lesson on culture from AsianSmiles.

momyblogR said...

Wow, those are some great pictures. Happy New Year to you and yours too.

Rose said...

I love what you did to show all these countries and how they celebrated or brought the new year in. That was great.....loved it.

Hassan said...

Loved the post. Thanks for opening a window to the rest of the world.

Have a prosperous new year and blessings...

Hasan Mubarak said...

asiansmiles: The Filipino traditions were a great addition to my tiny knowledge book... Hope you had a wonderful time with friends and family!

saad: Thaaankh U! Saad.

raheel: to u too Raheel!

dcs: It's nice that you liked them. I'll keep bringing more for you...

momyblogr: thanks! momy's kids must be enjoying their holidays a lot... Aren't they??

rose: Well, that actually was the point; to show celebrations all over the world. You liked them and I'll keep bringing more such posts...

hassan: Hey, welcome Hassan. Wish you a very happy and prosperous new year too!

bart said...

greeting hasan, all the best for the new year, that it may bring peace and prosperity for you...

keep well...

Dak-Ind said...

i love tseeing the celebrations in other countries, thank you for sharing them with me!! happy new year, adn we look forward to seeing much more of you and your blog in 06!

Hasan Mubarak said...

bart: Thank you so much Bart! May this year bring much more for you too...

Hasan Mubarak said...

dak-ind: Thank you Dak-Ind. May this year help me do that. Best wishes for you and your family...

Godknows said...

Happy New Year, thanks for checking my blog, I do love these pics, Nice blog you have.

kathi said...

I guess I'm not alone in telling you how I love your pictures. Amazing.

defiant goddess said...

Wow, those are captivating photos. Happy New Year!

Trucker Bob said...

I read your invitation to DCS, and took it upon myself to sneak in and have a look. Glad I did, GREAT STUFF!

black feline said...

wow! great job...any u included singapore where im from..however currently im stationed in Dubai..Have a Great Year!

Sumeeta said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I greatly appreciate that.

I love this post. I really didn't watch any of the festivities this year for New Year's. I actually went to a movie and didn't get to see any of them.

Thanks for the pics!

Hasan Mubarak said...

godknows: Thanks for liking my blog! keep checking for more of it...

kathi: I'm most glad that you are right... Thank you very much for liking them.

goddess: Happi Niu Ear! to you too...

trucker bob: I'm more glad that you actually came here. Happy New Year and keep well always!

black feline: Oh, Singapore was just spectacular... Thanks for visiting and have an eventful 2006!

sumeeta: Thanks to you too for visitng my place...

Well, that was my point of showing how the world celebrated for those who missed it. Anyways, you enjoyed the Evening, didn't you??

Clare said...

Happy New Year Hasan and thanks for stopping by my blog. I really liked what you did with the pictures from all the different countries :).

Nabeel said...

the first picture is sooooooooooooooo pretty .. i mean no fancy fireworks .. no big buildings and clocks .. but cute innocent kids with simple "charaaghs" ... aww man .. this is just great. I loved the first pic (not because I am from Pakistan .. no .. but I love it)

Hasan Mubarak said...

clare: Thanks for stopping by too! I'm glad you liked the pics...

nabeel: Well yes, I also liked the first one the most. It's so simple and rich...

No One said...

Hey Happy New Year! thanks for dropping by...I love lahore..lahoris rock! though I am not from lahore...but go there whenever I can...anyways...nice pics u got here...so do u really make the world go round and round? :D see ya hasan.

Virginia Valle said...

Thanks for visiting my blog :) and your lovely comments.Happy New Year to you too :)....
I love the pcitures they are terrific :)...Thanks for let me know :)

black feline said...

hi,

thanks for popping by..just for your infor..yes i did paid for the counter but u can opt for the non payment version where it is static

Sandra Khoo said...

Hahaha,thanx Hasan! Happy New Year to yas too and yea,they're a crazy bunch altogether.I love them for it. ^^

Yasir Hussain said...

Beautiful post! Thanks for dropping by and Happy New Year. How are you doing?

samrina said...

Such a beautiful post, i juz love it :) :)

by the way HAPPY NEW YEAR n loads of best wishes n prayers for this upcoming year n every year of your life. May u all wat u desire.(Ameen)

takecare n always keep smiling,
samrina

Hasan Mubarak said...

no one: Well that's why they say; "Lahore Lahore Hai"...

Oh yes, I kinda make "my" world go round n round.

virginiajoe: Oh, thank you dear!

black feline: Ya, I'm already using the free version...

sandra khoo: May you be friends forever... Thanks for visiting my place.

kozagar: Nice to see you back here. Yes, I'm doing perfectly fine. What about you? And what's this new name all about??

Hasan Mubarak said...

samrina: Thank you for the kindest wishes. May you have the very best in 2006. Good Luck!

Sana said...

Very nice effort hassan well done!!

Sana said...

Especially da Pics!!! dey r awesome!!

Hasan Mubarak said...

sana: I'm pleased that you liked them...

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