Top memories of 2017: Some to be remembered, some to be forgotten!
The current calendar year will close in two weeks. People around the world are looking forward to the brand New Year. As we bid adieu to 2017, we take a look at the high points and some of the sadness that marked the year.
Things we cherished in 2017
- Mardi Gras
Celebrated in New Orleans, Louisiana, this raucous annual event features massive street celebrations with floats, parades, and masquerades. Its origins lie in Christian lore. The festival features two weeks of public celebrations. The modern version of the festival features people from all walks of life.
- Dance Fest
The biggest dance music festival in the US brought together the best disc jockeys and more than 300,000 spectators in Las Vegas, Nevada from June 16-18, 2017. The Electric Daisy Carnival featured giant metal art, 3D super structures, dance in the glow in the dark environments, and thousands of delirious spectators.
- Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Held in New York City on November 13, 2017, the Macy’s parade featured giant balloons, cheerleaders, marching bands, dancers, and performers. Presented by the US-based department store, Macy’s, the parade was celebrated with traditional pomp. The memorabilia and the sheer energy of the parade captured the public imagination.
- Free toys
An anonymous philanthropist in Colorado paid for children’s toys and allowed a store to give away one toy free of cost to child visitors. The items included children’s books, toys, and stuffed animals. The donor stated that the activity represented “an important part of his family’s Christmas tradition.” It brought lots of happiness and satisfaction among the children and the spectators.
- Rise in US jobs
The unemployment rate in the US fell to a 17-year low in September 2017. An estimated 261,000 new positions were filled, reflecting new confidence in the US economy. Average hourly earnings remained steady at $26.53.
The setbacks of 2017
- Las Vegas shooting
A gunman opened fire from a hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 1, 2017. The mass shooting killed 58 people and injured more than 500 spectators at a nearby country music concert. The attack added impetus to ongoing debates over gun control in the United States.
- Hurricane Irma
An extreme weather event wreaked havoc in the southern United States in September 2017. Hurricane Irma was one of the worst natural disasters that affected the State of Florida. The tropical cyclone also inflicted intense and catastrophic damage in parts of the northern Caribbean. Floods and high-speed winds damaged both residential and commercial property.
- California blaze
A series of intense wildfires across Southern California wrecked homes and forestland in December 2017. Gusty winds drove the fire event in the California counties of Ventura and Santa Barbara. Many residents were evacuated from these counties as fire fighters worked overtime to contain the blaze. One of the biggest fires in the history of California, the blaze covered an estimated 982 square kilometres.
- Montana wildfires
Natural fire events destroyed an estimated 438,000 acres in the state of Montana during the year 2017. Authorities spent roughly $280 million in fire-fighting efforts and issued evacuation orders to save human populations. Hot and dry weather conditions spread the natural fires across vast swathes of the state.
- FCC kills net neutrality
The US FCC removed restrictions on Internet traffic in a move that can stifle broadband speeds for the average consumer. This development could potentially favour large Internet service providers with “the power to block websites, throttle services and censor online content.”
Every year comes with its own set of happiness and sorrow and every year adds one page to ourlives. Let’s cherish all the good and not-so-good memories with the same spirit and welcome the New Year with great enthusiasm.