Bhubaneswar: The city erupted with joy as people started celebrating the arrival of New Year at the stroke of midnight on Thursday.

Glittering fireworks and late night parties set the theme for New Year celebrations at hotels, restaurants and clubs, which witnessed late night parties and celebrations to welcome the New Year.

From DJ nights to performances by television and film personalities, people had a lot to choose from. Unlimited drinks and food were the other major attractions at a few party venues.

While foot tapping item numbers kept the people in high spirits, the celebrations reached at its peak at the stroke of midnight as the clock struck at 12.

People were seen busting crackers and exchanging good wishes at night. People, basically the youths had geared up for their own unique ways to welcome and celebrate the New Year by organising fun fiestas at cultural theatres thereby creating their own platforms to exhibit their talents with the advent of another fresh year.