The roads leading to beaches including Calangute, Baga, Anjuna in North and Colva, Benaulim and Palolem in south Goa witnessed traffic jams last evening.
    
The New Year parties, which began earlier in the evening continued till the wee hours on the beaches.
    
"We proved to be the best new year celebration destination once again. Foreign and domestic tourists had made a beeline to state's beaches", said State Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar.
    
He said the celebrations were held without any untoward incidents.
    
"The promotions conducted by the tourism department across the globe and also within the country are proving fruitful. You can see it through number of footfalls (of the tourists)," the minister added.
    
While dusk to dawn parties marked the beach scene, all churches held midnight mass to welcome the new year.
    
The main mass was held at Goa Archbishop's palace at Altinho here.

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