Mizoram attended a low-key New Year celebration on Saturday due to strict protocols put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Security was tightened and strict supervision was maintained by district administrations to ensure a peaceful celebration, police said.
As usual, a thanksgiving ceremony, worship and prayers were held at churches across the state on Saturday as part of the celebration.
However, churches in the state capital, Aizawl, and towns (district headquarters) were unable to hold midnight services on Friday evening to bid farewell to the outgoing year and welcome the new due to the covers. -fire.
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The government has imposed a night curfew in Aizawl and other district headquarters from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. due to COVID-19.
Chief Minister Zoramthanga greeted the people on the occasion of New Year.
“My greetings for a blessed year 2022 for all!” he tweeted.
The Chief Minister hailed the bravery and ingenuity of the Mizo people in their united fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I look forward to a brighter year, a brighter #Mizoram in 2022. Happy New Year 2022 and God bless you all,” he said.
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Defying a banning order, jubilant locals joined the world on Friday to welcome and celebrate the start of the new year with firecrackers and fireworks.
The government has banned firecrackers, sky lanterns and other pyrotechnic materials to ensure peaceful and pollution-free celebrations.
With just minutes left for the New Year to ring, fireworks and rockets lit up the skies of Aizawl, creating spectacular scenery.
Announcing the year and welcoming the news with a smashing celebration is an integral part of how Mizos light up the mood, though it has no significant connection to the Christian way of celebrating the New Year, a resident said.
Police said the bursting of firecrackers, the crackling of rockets and the display of fireworks were also seen in other towns in different parts of the state.
However, the celebrations were held peacefully and there were no untoward incidents from any part of the state, police said.
Mizoram also witnessed a muted Christmas as the traditional community feast and congregational singing, which is an integral part of the celebration, was avoided due to COVID-19.
Only a few churches in rural villages and very few in cities have managed to hold community feasts, police said.