Some chose to party, some prayed to welcome 2014

While some residents went to clubs and hotels, many preferred to listen to kirtan at mandirs and gurdwaras to welcome the new year. Special prayers were also organised at some religious organisations in the memory of the recent acid attack victim Harpreet Kaur, who succumbed to her injuries on December 27 in a Mumbai hospital.

At Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib, a special kirtan darbar was organised in the morning, which continued till noon. Pritpal Singh, president of the gurdwara management committee, said, "We organise kirtan darbars every year and this year our hearts are heavy because of the death of acid attack victim Harpreet, who died a few days ago. Last year we had organised a special prayer meeting for the Delhi gangrape victim. This year too, we will pray for the departed soul."

"We will pray that the next year ends on a happy note and heinous crimes against women come to an end," he added.

In the coming days, the administration plans to organise a seminar, focusing on women security. Students of Kamla Lohtia college also took out a road rally for women security, while Shaheed Sukhdev Thaper memorial trust urged people to refrain from new year celebrations because of the unfortunate incident of the acid attack.

For those willing to party, and spend, clubs and hotels left no stone unturned to attract as many as they could. Dine and dance parties were in hotel Raddisson Blu, where an all-girls band had been brought in to perform at the coffee shop. For Rs 4,999, one could enjoy unlimited food and drinks, apart from the performance of the band. New year parties were also organised at Darbar Hall and Terrace Grill at Park Plaza, where singers from Voice of Punjab had been invited.

Fortune Park Klassik also organised a party for food lovers, while dance parties were organised at Sutlej Club, Lodhi Club and Ludhiana Club for their members.

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