Inspired by this year’s first weekly photo challenge titled “Launch,” I decided to revise this post because to me this post signifies how I launched my New Year of 2012. Blasting my way off to a brand new year, was a night of well celebrated fun among friends and family.
To welcome the New Year, my friends and I decided to hold a Masquerade Ball this year. Starting that night, we are going to leave behind the woes of 2011 and greet the incoming year with fun and happy events, of humor and laughter, of positive vibes and well wishes, of being loose and letting go, to pursue happiness and celebrate life to the fullest one day at a time.
As we enter the door, we were greeted by the cheers of our friends. They were wearing their colorful masquerade masks. I had to look twice to see who’s behind those masks. After bringing in our “White Elephant” exchange gifts, it was time to wear our own masquerade mask. My wife got help from her girlfriends while I struggle to put mine by myself. I was trying to be self sufficient. The mask kept on falling, covering my eyes. It has this long and heavy beak. I thought it looked cool, I just didn’t realize it wasn’t practical. My wife eventually came to the rescue and tied it to a perfect fit.
It felt weird wearing the mask pretty much the entire night. It’s like you have this thick hard skin in front of your face. My wife was getting annoyed too since I kept hitting her face with the long beak of the mask. Discomfort aside, it kind of felt cool to wear it. There’s this sense of mystery and a feeling that all you want to do is have fun, fun and more fun. I guess in a way, it brought that happy and playful person in all of us that night. Heaven knows we all needed to chill and celebrate after making it through the year 2011.
This photo reminded me of the “Vogue” music video of Madonna. I bet my lady friends felt like supermodels that night. Personally, I think their were more beautiful and real than any woman in those vain magazines. Sorry, I’m not much of a fan of “vanity.”
Cucumber And Lemon Race
My friends kept shouting at me in between their laughter, “Sway! Sway more,” as I tried to move the lemon towards my team-mate at the opposite end. laughing and a bit embarrassed, I shouted back, “I’m trying.” Unfortunately, I wasn’t swaying in an uncoordinated way and my aim sucks. When everyone finished the relay. I was still at the same spot where I started. They gave me a second chance and we had a rematch, this time I was able to move it half-way. Yes, I need to practice with the swaying part! Maybe, I’ll win next year.
Celebrating The New Year With Friends And Family
It’s not so much how we celebrate the New Year but of whom we celebrate it with. We can greet the year with pizza while watching our favorite DVD movie or be at the park watching the amazing fireworks or be at a party enjoying a glass of champagne. In all of these, the most important thing is that we are celebrating the event with the people we care about and whom we shared wonderful memories. These are the people we can be ourselves with, have a great time and even be foolish for the sake of fun and not worry of what they think or say. These are the people who we can share ourselves with, good or bad, without the mask.
The Apple Dance
Time to make more noise as we were nearing the midnight countdown. Couples were made to dance while an apple was placed in between their foreheads. We did a try out and I was confident my wife and I will win. But just when I was getting into my groove following the music’s beat, the apple started to move. A few more dance steps and giggles, down went the apple. The game master announced, “First couple out!” Oh, well it was fun while it lasted. This couple in the picture won. Amazing dancers with perfect coordination. Kudos for a well-earned victory!
The New Year’s Eve Countdown
10, 9, 8…4, 3, 2, 1, Happy New Year! With loud trumpets and shouts of “cheers,” we all greeted 2012 with full joy, hope and optimism. As we raised our glass, we all wished each other a year of bountiful blessings. Blessings of happiness and a beautiful, meaningful life for all.
The night went on with more games, lots of dancing, more laughter and fun, of stories that made our 2011 a year to remember and of our dreams for the New Year. Nobody really talked about resolutions and goals. Everyone just enjoyed each others company and shared warm wishes for 2012. Everyone was just happy that another year of wonderful possibilities started and we were all there to witness it.
As the dancing ball went round and round till 04:00 in the morning, I smiled with a thought that indeed life goes on no matter what. How we choose to face and embrace each turn is up to us.
This post is dedicated to the memory of my friend’s brother who died and left his family on New Year’s Day. He got to spend New Year’s eve with his family for the last time before his final exit from this world. I remembered my friend telling me that his brother told him one day, “I’m ready anytime, I lived a great and happy life. Just watch my family.” I didn’t dwell much on the topic because I knew my friend was silently in pain and grieving. Behind the mask, you can still see what a person is going through when you look into his eyes.
Wishing everyone the best for 2012. Just remember it’s not just how we celebrate life that matters but whom we celebrate it with. Whatever happens, we all need to celebrate each New Year as much as we can, build loving and happy memories as much as we can.
How did you said goodbye to 2011 and celebrated the New Year of 2012?
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