Stroke of Midnight in Hong Kong

Would you agree if I say nothing changes at the stroke of midnight?

So what, if the night brings in a new calendar year?

Why do people take annual vacations, plan parties and get together to welcome the start of a year?

How I see is that people want to welcome new hopes and good times in life. The warmer the welcome in presence of loved ones, the higher the euphoria to start life in the new year on a high note. There is also a clean slate in terms of organizing goals and setting priorities.

Personally, I also believe in this one thing at the start of a new year. It may sound funny but some voices in your head never cease to come up and this is one of many. I believe that what ever I do on the 1st of January, I would do throughout the year. I know it cannot happen but I try to eat my favorite food, talk to my family, stay positive and happy, read and write, click a picture and stay calm on day 1. Those are the few things I want to do every single day of the rest 364 days.

This time, not out of vacation but work, we had a chance to usher 2016 in our lives in Hong Kong. We fly back home on Sunday and not sure if we would come back again. This was the first time we were out of India and decided to go by the ‘tourist book’.

At 8 pm on December 31, 2015 with a small bag of light snacks, we headed to Victoria Harbor. We were lucky to find a spot with good view and quickly settled in to welcome 2016. There were shooting stars from 11 pm onward but the real show started at midnight.




Colors in the sky


My favorite shot


Sober and bright

I couldn’t stop smiling and was in awe with the spell these lights had cast. Those memories will stay not just through 2016 but always.

How did you welcome 2016?

P.S. You can watch the official video of the fireworks on YouTube

P.P.S. None of the photos are filtered.

Posting for Daily Post’s – Stroke of Midnight prompt and here’s wishing you all a very Happy New Year. May there be happiness and food. 

17 Responses

  1. Aseem says:

    That’s a lovely display of fireworks :). When I was in Singapore during 2013 for work, I made sure that I come back only on 1st January rather than 31st as I didn’t want to miss the fireworks on 31st. Until then, I hadn’t experienced what it actually felt to ring in the New Year. Must say the experience was brilliant :D.

  2. Vinitha says:

    Gorgeous views! We had a nice time at home. 🙂
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  3. Suzy says:

    Lovely pics Parul. I had a quiet one at home with the family. Wishing you an awesome 2016

  4. Shantala says:

    Lovely pics, Parul. Such a wonderful way to usher in the new year. Wishing you the very best in the upcoming year. Have a great 2016! 🙂
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  5. Pixie says:

    wow!! The pictures are beautiful!
    We decided to skip the fireworks display this time and spent time at home. 🙂
    It was quiet – we watched movies till 12:30 and slept.
    A peaceful beginning and I hope that continues for the rest of the year as well 🙂

    Happy 2016 my dear! 🙂

  6. Shailaja says:

    Such a gorgeous display, Parul 🙂 Happy New Year to you and the husband. I hope there is lesser separation this year for you two.
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  7. Happy New year. What a beautiful and colorful start to the year.

  8. Shalini says:

    Beautiful pics, Parul. Glad that you had a great time.
    I was home alone because husband had left for work again after being with me for almost a month.
    Have a happy and blessed new year! 🙂

  9. Alana says:

    It is not easy taking good pictures of fireworks – well done! I have never seen a live New Years Eve fireworks display in person – where I live it would be, most times, way too cold! Wishing you a Happy New Year and much success in your blogging efforts.

  10. Laurel Regan says:

    Beautiful fireworks! We had a quiet evening at home with a friend and the cats, playing games and eating and drinking and enjoying each other’s company. It was a very relaxing way to start 2016. Happy New Year!

  11. Meena Menon says:

    Am def in awe of these pics! Happy new year to you….. Hope yuou have a warm happy 2016!

  12. NJ says:

    Happy New year dear 🙂 I was @ my home 🙂 partying with friends 🙂 Our first new year in our new home 🙂 so it was special 🙂

  13. Bikram says:

    I was at home watching fireworks myself..

    Wishing you and family a very happy new year. ..

  14. Cara says:

    Oh wow! Thank you so much for sharing your experience! Just watched the video of the fireworks. It’s absolutely breathtaking. Can’t imagine what it was like in real life. Happy 2016!

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