As an old and weary year makes way for something new, Fort Cochin celebrates on the beach.
Happy crowds assemble.
Police, in high-profile but good humour, watch over events.
Fireworks, friendship, cameras, laughter, singing, and even space-restricted dancing, all play their parts.
The previous year’s “Santa Claus” is set alight:
a custom I have seen nowhere else!
Then, as the final fireworks die, an excited but tired crowd quietly fades,
like ghosts of the recently departed year.
This celebration of memories, hopes and dreams is over.
Happy New Year!
Pictures taken on Fort Cochin Beach at midnight, New Year’s Eve.