Thursday, February 9, 2023

Post-Covid Asia is ready to welcome 2023 with parties

MELBOURNE, Australia ( Associated Press) – Revelers began gathering in major urban centers across the Asia-Pacific region on Saturday to celebrate the first unrestricted New Year’s Day against COVID-19 since the pandemic began in 2020.

While the coronavirus continues to cause death and consternation, especially in China, which is grappling with a surge in infections across the country after a sudden easing of its strict measures, officials are now treating the virus as a threat to life .

In China, celebrations have been held at the Great Wall in Beijing, while authorities in Shanghai will halt traffic along the Bund to allow passers-by to gather on a promenade on New Year’s Eve. The city’s Disneyland amusement park will host a special fireworks display to welcome 2023.

More than one million people are expected to flock to Sydney’s waterfront for the multimillion-dollar celebration, which will revolve around diversity and inclusion.

Organizers said that the main element of the New Year’s Eve party would be a rainbow-colored waterfall. More than 7,000 fireworks will be launched from the top of the city’s Port Bridge, along with another 2,000 fireworks from the Opera.

“This is the party Sydney deserves,” Stephen Gilby, producer of the city’s major events and festivals, told The Sydney Morning Herald.

In Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, organizers held a fireworks display for families along the Yarra River at sunset before a second display at midnight.

Pacific island nation Kiribati will be the first to enter in 2023, an hour ahead of its neighbor New Zealand.

In Auckland, huge crowds are expected under the Sky Tower for a 10-second countdown that will be preceded by fireworks welcoming the New Year. The festival is expected to be well received after its cancellation a year ago due to the pandemic.

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