Chennai: Tamil Nadu welcomed the New Year on Friday with prayers and revelry as people thronged temples, beaches and hotels, burst crackers and wished each other at midnight.
Governor K. Rosaiah, Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa and other leaders wished people on New Year.
On Friday morning, temples across the state witnessed huge crowd. Special prayers were conducted.
"Going to the temple, watching TV, wishing friends are the day's programme," J. Murali, a public sector employee, told IANS.
The New Year eve saw hotels across the category doing brisk business.
People also shopped for consumer durables as they were sold at a special discounted price.