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Kumasi Welcomes New Year with Booze, Prayers


THERE WERE interesting scenes in Kumasi, the Ashanti regional capital, during the New Year’s Eve as different activities ushered in 2018.

Two places including drinking spots and church auditoriums became the common destination for residents of the city as they welcomed the New Year.

Usually, church service takes the center stage all over the world, including Ghana, when a New Year is being welcomed.

People are usually seen racing to churches to pray and welcome a New Year because they want positive omen to be their portion in the New Year.

But there was a different scenario in Kumasi on the night of Sunday, December 31, 2017, the New Year’s Eve.

As some residents, especially, staunch Christians, headed to the various churchs to pray to God, the non-believers also headed to drinking spots.

The paper gathered that most of the drinking spots in the city were filled to capacity just as the church auditoriums on that particular night.

Interestingly, as the believers prayed fervently to God to bless them with good luck in the coming year, the non-believers were also enjoying themselves.

Reports indicate that most of the drinking spot owners in the city recorded high sales as people purchased high number of alcoholic beverages.

Some of the night-life patrons that the paper spoke to, said they believe that 2018 would bring good luck to them and so they decided to party with drinks to welcome it.

By: Kwadwo Essel/ thePublisher

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