Chennai: Tamil Nadu welcomed the New Year on Friday with prayers and revelry as people thronged temples to seek blessings of God, visited beaches and hotels, burst fire crackers and wished each other at the stroke of midnight.
 
Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah, Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa and other political leaders also extended greetings to people on the occasion of New Year.
 
On Friday morning, temples across the state witnessed huge crowd. Special prayers were conducted to mark the beginning of the year.
 
“Going to the temple, watching TV, wishing friends are the day’s programme,” J. Murali, a public sector employee, told IANS.
 
The New Year eve saw hotels across the category doing brisk business. 
 
Markets were fully crowded as people also shopped for consumer durables as they were sold at a special discounted price to entice consumers.