Saturday, December 31, 2011

How Many New Years Can You Celebrate?

A Happy New Year to you all!


Two of the Eight Immortals,
wishing you a long and happy
life!
A lucky charm for wealth
Pomegranate
There is a reason to celebrate New Year in most every season. Spring is the time for Asian traditions; the Chinese celebrate the second new moon after the winter solstice as their new year which will be on January 23rd, 2012. The Tibetans prefer the 3rd new moon, exept when they have a calendar shift. Cambodia chose the 14-16 of April to celebrate their beginning of the year. The Buddha statues are rinsed with clear water, signifying the purification of mind. In summer, no culture seems to see a reason for a change of years, at least I haven't heard of any.
Autumn seems to be a good time to begin something new. The harvest is in the barn, the Jewish tradition celebrates a new beginning.
Our new year might be based on an old European tradition of beginning the year with the return of the light: Winter solstice. The early Christian Bishops who saw their belief confronted with older pagan tradition decided to transfer the old holidays into Christian ritual. So they defined the return of the light as the birth of Christ, and the new year -- instead of a celebration of the Roman god Janus -- onto an in-cident one week after Christmas. Happy Circumcision of Jesus!
Resolutions? I never take resolutions on December 31. There is a test for them: Do they work at any time of the year? If not, they will certainly not work at this random time of year.

6 comments:

Judy said...

Happy New Year Eva!!!

xo

susan christensen said...

Interesting reading, thanks and happy new year, Eva!

Yael said...

May each new year be the best one! :-)
Alles Gute und Liebe Eva!

Cherry Ann Art said...

A very interesting post Eva - Happy New Year to you too - thanks for visiting my blog x

jude said...

any day is a good day to reflect.

Deborah said...

Happy New Year to you!