I have not celebrated new year for almost 13 years. The first and the last new year celebration I attended was 31st Dec 1999. Never really like the crowds, the chaos and such. Feels a bit claustrophobic with all the throngs of people pushing me here and there. To me the coming of 1st January is just like any other day. Pretty insignificant in the greater scheme of things. There is no perceivable difference between 31st Dec with 1st of Jan.
For 3 years consecutively the New Year in Christchurch were cloudy. But this year, the sky pretty much clears up. This is my fireworks.