happy new year!!!
that is how i and a million others worldwide greeted the end of 2015, and the beginning of 2016.
but it is only because we have held on to the notion that january 1 is the beginning of a new year. we believe it to be so, and thus, we live as if it were really so. but not everyone celebrates the new year on january 1.
we (those who celebrate the new year on january 1) do so because we have followed the gregorian calendar, ever since we could tell what day today or tomorrow is; so for us, january 1 marks the new year.
none of us (i haven’t heard of anyone locked up under the gregorian calendar system) have sought to change it — too difficult, almost impossible, and practically needless. besides, we are reasonable men; and reasonable men seek to adapt to what happens around them; it is the unreasonable men who seek what happens around to adapt to them — so, we leave change to these unreasonable men.
but the chinese (an old culture) celebrate their new year on an entirely different day and by an entirely different method of reckoning. they base their method on the cycles of the moon or lunar cycles. in 2016, as of this posting, the chinese are still on the old year; their new year will come on february 8 according to their lunar calendar. this marks their spring festival.
the jews (another old culture,) on the other hand, will celebrate their 2016 new year from sundown of october 2 to sundown of october 4 — still a long way off. they call it the rosh hashanah, or the head of the year.
i am a reasonable man, and therefore stay locked up in the 16th century gregorian reckoning of days — and this is the new year, and the time for new year’s resolutions: conjuring up one now… lose weight.
it’s just another day!