Zimbabweans early this morning joined their counterparts across the globe in celebrating the coming of 2019 through a number of activities.
In Harare, the highlight was the tyre burnouts as people celebrated the cross over to the New Year.
The New Year was celebrated in style world over with Australia and New Zealand being among the first countries to mark the coming in of 2019.
Fireworks display, release of balloons and candle lighting were some of the social activities that entertained people and hours later the rest of the world joined the New Year celebrations.
Back home, it is the city that doesn’t sleep as Harare certainly lived to its name as hundreds crowded the central business district to celebrate the New Year.
In the capital Jason Moyo and Sam Nujoma Streets were closed at midnight as individuals waited in anticipation of fireworks as per tradition at the Africa Unity Square and to their disappointment the countdown to 12 midnight came and went with no signs of the dazzling lights.
Although the celebration spirit was high the crowd could not hide their disappointment over the failed fireworks celebrations.
But it was the car tyre burnouts which stole the limelight as spectators shifted their focus to the alternative entertainment available.
For many, there is optimism the year 2019 will be better.
Outside the CBD, people celebrated the New Year taking their drinks and braai.
The late master of song and Orchestra Dendera Kings front-man Simon Chimbetu’s hit Tenda dominated the most of the gatherings as people danced the morning away.
Bulawayo marks 2019 arrival
People in Bulawayo marked the arrival of the New Year with celebrations across the city with many expressing optimism of better fortunes in 2019.
Residents of Bulawayo were this year treated to a colourful New Year’s Eve celebrations when the city fathers together with other stakeholders hosted a first of its kind street party along 8th Avenue, between Fife and Jason Moyo Street.
An hour before the cross over, the place was jammed with revellers drinking and dancing to tunes of the very best of Bulawayo’s DJ.
At midnight, revellers were charmed by the spectacular fireworks display.
The voice of economic turn around and better job prospects dominated the prospects of 2019.
Meanwhile, the Christian community celebrated the cross-over to 2019 in prayer and worship with the apostolic sect of Johanne Masowe WeChishanu revealing that even though the last quarter of 2018 was difficult, it was setting the country up for a brighter future.
At an individual level, a fresh year always brings with it new resolutions.
But whether the individual is disciplined enough to achieve the set goals is entirely another story.