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Peruvians abroad ring in New Year with great hope

Photo: EFE

Photo: EFE

14:13 | Sydney (Australia), Dec. 31.

While in Peru the population started the day to bid farewell to 2020 —a painful and intense year because of the COVID-19 pandemic— in Australia, New Zealand, and some Asian countries, Peruvians were already celebrating the start of the New Year amid a widespread wish for better health around the world and the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine in Peru.

As every year, at midnight, the world was watching as Sydney's skies lit up with spectacular fireworks.

This time Sydney Harbour was shut down, unlike previous years, due to restrictions imposed because of the pandemic. 

Only those who made reservations at nearby restaurants were able to see the fireworks live. Most people watched the show on TV along with their relatives.

Peruvians residing in Australia, as in other parts of the world, were restricted from moving freely due to the second wave of coronavirus cases experienced in the globe. 

Local authorities announced that households would be restricted to only five guests.

Despite the distance and time difference, many Peruvian nationals did not hesitate to call their relatives in Peru to wish them a better year. 

Gone are the days of mass gatherings, although New Year's Eve traditions were in place, such as wearing yellow garments for good luck and eating 12 grapes at midnight.

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Published: 12/31/2020
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