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New Year’s wish for harmony

By Leiselle Maraj Thursday, January 2 2014

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Tooting new year: A couple toot in the new year during a party at Soongs Great Wall, San Fernando yesterday....
Tooting new year: A couple toot in the new year during a party at Soongs Great Wall, San Fernando yesterday....

A wish for harmony in this country was among others made just before the clock struck midnight on Tuesday night, ushering in a new year in Trinidad and Tobago.

Hundreds of partiers turned up at the Hyatt Regency’s annual New Year’s gala held in its main ballroom at the Waterfront, Port-of-Spain.

While thousands welcomed 2014 in similar parties and events, at church or at home with family and friends, Hyatt’s guests cheered, hugged and kissed in a shower of silver streamers and confetti while Karma’s Ravi Bissembhar, Nisha Bissembhar and Gregory Ayuen performed on stage.

After the initial excitement, Nisha performed the New Year’s favourite, “Auld Lang Syne” before calling the first entertainer for the night, Denyse Plummer back on stage to sing a verse of the song. Guests in their evening wear and suits, wearing party hats and blowing on horns then went back to their partying, ensuring 2014 got off to an enjoyable start.

Amidst the festivities, several partygoers expressed thanks for all that they received in 2013. Hyatt’s General Manager, Russell George, was among celebrants and said last year was a good one for him and the hotel. “I am looking forward to prosperity for my business and my country as well as people living in harmony in 2014,” he said. Also among guests were several politicians and personalities who partied the night away close to their loved ones.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s adviser on public engagement, Lisa Ghany said her year as part of Government was very exciting.

“We had several high ranking officials visiting Trinidad and Tobago and it was very interesting working with them,” she said. Looking forward, she said 2014 should be even more exciting, given that General Elections are expected in 2015.

Personally, Ghany looks forward to being healthier, exercising more and to continue learning in the new year.

Partiers also included foreigners who have visited Trinidad and Tobago for the holiday season. One New Yorker, who gave her name as Trisha, said she had a very good 2013, which included finding love.

“I made resolutions in 2012 for 2013 and I stuck to them and everything that I wanted came to fruition. I also met this lovely man next to and that was a positive highlight for the year,” she explained. Trisha is hoping for a new year filled with good health and lots of travel, but she is yet to decide on her resolutions for 2014. “In a few days I’ll know,” she promised.

Tunapuna resident Edward Karmody was another New Year reveller whose 2013 was filled with good health, financial stability and the love of his two children. The retiree hopes that 2014 is filled with more excitement and travel.

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