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General News of Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Source: GNA

Ghana enters 2013 with prayers and revelry

Christians prayed and sang in praise of Jesus Christ, whilst tons of fireworks lit the night sky amidst shouts of jubilation as Ghanaians gave spiritual and secular welcome to the New Year 2013.

Elsewhere, other citizens, mainly the youth, danced their way into 2013 at night clubs and discotheques.

The two groups of revelers, Christian and non-Christians, had one thing in common - peace and prosperity for themselves, the country and mankind - but chose different routes to express their joy a tour of Accra by Ghana News Agency on December 31st night to the dawn of January 1st, 2013 shown.

In Accra, most churches witnessed large number of congregants in white apparel besieging the churches some of whom were unable to find seats.

But undauntedly whether seated or not they were equally happy to be within church premises to welcome the New Year.

As the clock ticked by tick-tack, tick-tack, tick-tack into the New Year, intensity of the prayers increased and at the stroke of midnight there were shouts of praises and prayers that could be heard from miles away to signify the dawn of year 2013.

Just before midnight, pastors invited their congregations to say prayers for the New Year.

Most Pastors GNA observed asked their congregation to seek reconciliation with their creator in the midst of the prayers, firecrackers boomed from the streets to announce the arrival of the New Year.

Throughout the night to the morning of the New Year, GNA saw the firecrackers boomed into the night skies which attracted the peoples around who responded with shouts as the celebrations continued.

On some principal streets, revelers moving in groups sang from place to place while some youth went from house-to-house singing carols to solicit funds.

At night clubs, bands played traditional New Year songs as the youth danced and wriggled their waists to salute the new dawn.

From North Kaneshie, Abalenkpe, Dzorwulo through Alajo, Kotobai, 37 Military Hospital, La Beach, Osu, Cantonment, High Streets, Mamprobi, Dansoman and Adabraka, GNA observed that whilst most churches were filled to capacity open air bars along the streets were also filled with young ladies and guys drinking and dancing to Azonto tempo.

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