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Happy New Year!

Posted by grizzlymedia on January 5, 2009

happy-new-yearIt’s a new year. Time for new beginnings. And according to our old faithful Gale database, Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of World Holidays, New Year celebrations are among the oldest and most popular of holidays. Everyone wants to put the past behind them and get off to a fresh start. At New Years, people resolve to break bad habits and replace them with better ones during the coming year. People in some countries believe that the new year is a time when good fortune can be attracted to one’s home and family by performing certain rituals. I don’t know about you, but I live in the South, and here we eat black-eyed peas, hog jowls, and turnip greens on New Year’s Day, which is supposed to bring you prosperity in the New Year. Go figure. To me, it just seems like all it would give you is a stomach ache and a few extra pounds. As a religious holiday, New Years is a time to ask God and man for forgiveness for your wrongdoings, and to promise to live a better life in the coming year. According to historians, New Years has been celebrated for around five thousand years. I’ve been celebrating it a while, but not quite that long. Many ancient festivals celebrating the New Year honored the sun for bringing more light each day after the winter solstice, which occurs around December 21 or 22. So what do you plan to do this year to make it better than last year? Any ideas? Why not let us know your New Year Resolutions. Are you going to study more? Make better grades? Read this blog more often? Yeah, I thought so.

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