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Peruvians welcome New Year amid hope for better times to come

Photo: ANDINA/Carla Patiño

Photo: ANDINA/Carla Patiño

02:40 | Lima, Jan. 1.

Citizens in Peru have welcomed the New Year displaying enthusiasm, hope, small celebrations, and mystical traditions despite the hard times that emerged during the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thus, this holiday was characterized by the lack of crowds because of the nighttime curfew aimed at avoiding further COVID-19 contagion in the country.

As is widely-known, this virus has hit not only Peru but also the rest of the planet.

However, enthusiasm and hope peaked when the clock marked the beginning of 2022. Some citizens dressed in yellow for good luck, household members hugged one another and expressed well-wishes at midnight.

Subsequently, they made toasts, ate dinner, thus enjoying their events.

Most streets were empty —unlike on past occasions when crowds used to come out of buildings to express their happiness and excitement.

Peruvians are well known for their particular and great way to have fun. However, these celebrations were quieter compared to previous times when the threat of a global pandemic was non-existent. 

In order to cope with the new normality and measures in times of COVID-19, many citizens decided to host video conferences, thus meeting virtually with relatives and friends who reside abroad and even in the same city.

Although prohibited by law, fireworks were heard and seen lightening up the sky of Lima.

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Published: 1/1/2022
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