Bright and early start to 2014 in Byron

SPECIAL DAY: Amber Monaghan, Sam David and Atreya David, 4, watched the sun rise at Main Beach, Byron Bay on New Year’s Day.
SPECIAL DAY: Amber Monaghan, Sam David and Atreya David, 4, watched the sun rise at Main Beach, Byron Bay on New Year’s Day. Leah White

AS THE sun rose over the most easterly point in Australia for the first time in 2014, it was to the sound of gongs as people welcomed the first day of the new year with the Byron Bay First Sun celebrations.

Activities started at 5.30am with a silent meditation, followed by the sound of gongs at the first glimpse of sunlight, and a big breakfast from 7.30am.

For Byron Bay locals Amber Monaghan and Sam David, the Byron Community Centre's First Sun New Year's Day ceremony was a chance to "be positive" and "recognise what we already have".

Mr David said his new year's resolution would be about "taking action and doing the things I think about, but don't always do".

Travelling from Wollongong, Mia Vanderdolder, Ella Hirst, Sophie Hirst and Penny Fisher kicked off the day with a 5.30am silent meditation on Main Beach.

"We just thought it would be a symbolic way of starting the new year," Ms Fisher said.

After the meditation, the Wollongong travellers made the most of the Community Centre's Byron Bay Big Breakfast.



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