What was Your New Years Resolution?

What, Where and Why Is New Years

 

A new beginning! Today marks the new beginning for all people around the world…perhaps even the entire universe.

New Years marks the time when the 365 days begins once again, and all calendars revert back to January 1st. Many cultures celebrate the event in some manner and the 1st day of January is often marked as a national holiday.

What’s in a day?  Is it just 24 hours or does it contain the secrets of our lives, the new beginnings and the ends we are trying to release as the end of yesterdays? Why do we celebrate New Years if not for starting over? But if we begin again, what happens to our memories we have garnered each year?

Did you know that New Years was at one time celebrated in March? Well, it was during the Roman days during 46 B.C. Julius Caesar created the Julian calendar, which is the calendar we use today. The original calendar included only 10 months and 304 days missing the months of January and February and was created by Romulus, the founder of Rome, in the eighth century B.C. Sometime later in history, King Pompilius is credited with adding the months of January and February.

This particular day is also celebrated by varying religions at different times. The Julian calendar took effect for the first time in 45 B.C. on January 1, for the first time in history, but it became unfavored during the Middle Ages.

Many traditions surround every holiday, and this one is no different. You may be asking why we kiss at midnight? It’s actually looked at by some as a spoof or folklore as it was suggested that if one is not kissed at midnight on New Year’s Eve, one is likely to have a year ahead lonely or loveless in that following year, while still others say that a kiss could be responsible for a budding romance. It all seems harmless to me! 

Historians date this practice back to the Ancient Romans who would throw a big party every New Year’s Eve called the Festival of Saturnalia where they would kiss and generally debauch one another as much as possible.

When thinking about who celebrates the New Year first, we may all reflect and realize, New York, is where it is televised due to the time zone difference in the United Staes but actually, it is celebrated in many parts of the world way before those in the Americas wake up! If wanting to know or just curious about who celebrates first, as I was, here is the order of celebrants for those participating in this holiday:

Samoa, Tonga, and Kiritimati (Christmas Island), part of Kiribati, are the first places to welcome the New Year while American Samoa and Baker Island in the United States of America are among the last, doing so way past the hour of midnight!

Although New Years is celebrated on both the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar, in the pre-Christian Rome under the Julian calendar, the day was dedicated to Janus, the god of new beginnings and gateways. He is who the month of January was named after.

By now, you have guessed that I always have to challenge a holiday, event or anything that seems to have a deeper meaning but I by no means want to steal away your thunder for enjoying the night out with the world. People come together in joyous peace and harmony for a night like no other. Wouldn’t it be something of a miracle if we could celebrate peace on this night rather than just ringing in a New Year? 

Finally, the good ole resolutions! Why do we make them when we are likely giving up something impossible to live with or a resolution that is impractical. Many swear they will diet and maybe it lasts for a day, or give up soda, study harder or take the families on varying journeys. If you are caught up in one of these traditions, may I suggest you merely vow to be the best you can be or do the best by your family and friends instead? A promise to yourself for being the best you can is more likely to succeed…after all, don’t you think the other pledges to give up whatever sets us up for failure, when you are likely to say, just this once?

Oh, don’t complain about the fireworks! In ancient times, when noise and fire were thought to dispel evil spirits and bring good luck, they celebrated hours at a time, so let’s follow tradition and rid us of all our evilness in the world. What do you think?

Did you see how everyone smiled and appeared to be so happy on the different televised New Years celebrations? Did you know that on this day and time, ball dropping symbolizes time balls used for maritime navigation….And the ball dropping is a story in itself. Thousands of people gather to see the ball descending some 141 feet in the last minute of the old year, and to announce the birth of the new one. It’s just another tradition but it is of great value when it brings about such happiness amongst so many.

Auld Lang Syne

Should old acquaintance be forgot

And never brought to mind?

Should old acquaintance be forgot,

So let’s take a cup of kindness, dear

 for the sake of Auld Lang Syne

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Here’s a parting thought for you…Read this every day of this New Year and try to see the better side of life. Maybe 2019 will be the best year of all for all of you, My Friends!

Today will be amazing…So wake up and smile…Positivity is a choice that becomes a Lifestyle!

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Chris Ambrose

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1 Comment

  • Marty Wright

    Reply Reply January 4, 2019

    A positive everyday way to living. Written with love and caring.

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