New Year 2009 Karaganda style

Well, I did it.  I bundled up and went across the street to watch the celebration to bring in the New Year.  As I type this, the fireworks are still going full blast.  Unlike the US where most fireworks last 5-10 minutes, everyone here gets into it and buys lots of the stuff and shoot it off all night. 

The stage set up across the street hosted Grandfather Frost (Santa Claus) and Snegurochka (Snow maiden or Frost’s granddaughter).  They interacted with the few children braving the cold along with their parents.  I must say that there were A LOT of people, but maybe around 100. The first photo shows Frost interacting with the children with his “granddaughter” up on stage.

At close to midnight, the police escorted the runners from the other end of downtown.  They sprinted across the finish line (second and third photo).  They all seemed to be breathing really hard.  Guess I would be to if I ran in below zero temps!

Here are some random shots from the final day of 2008…

Sun setting on final day… inflatable Santa… the Santa was located across the street in front of Lenin’s statue last year… The New Year tree with some colorful fake Palms… The Tree at sunset… notice the moon in the pic?

It is almost 1 a.m. and the fireworks are still going off… guess it will be a late night…

Happy New Year!

3 thoughts on “New Year 2009 Karaganda style

  1. Happy New Year!

    How interesting…thanks for sharing all of this. What does the sign with the black letters say? “Wow, it’s cold” is my guess.

    Hope you get to sleep soon.

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