Another year is gone, and a very fresh start is coming up. It is time to look back, learn from your mistakes and move forward.
New year, the first day of the modern Gregorian calendar, is observed on January 1st. In pre-christian Rome, under Julian calendar, this day was dedicated to god Janus, the god of gateways and beginnings, for whom January is also named after.The very first new year celebration was recorded in ancient Mesopotamia in 2000 BC. They had their celebrations around the time of the vernal equinox in mid March. January became the new year at some point after it became the day for inauguration of new consuls in 153 BD Rome. Most nations of western Europe officially adapted first of January as the new year, somewhat before they adapted the Gregorian calendar. Eventually, along with the colonization by European nations across the world, other continents also embraced this tradition.
Now a days, the first of January is the most celebrated holiday of the year. In spite of their nationality, religion, or culture, the whole wide world celebrate the dawn of a new year and the beginning of a new start. The new year customs and traditions may differ from country to country. The big Ben strikes sharp at 12, followed by a country wide countdown and fireworks after. Same tradition is seen all over western countries. We Sri Lankans, start our year with religious observances and well wishes.
When the clock strikes twelve on 31st December, people all over the world cheer and wish each other a happy new year. For some, this may be nothing more than a change of a calendar. It is up to you, to make the best of what you are given.
From all the readers out there, we, J’pura Flames crew would like to request something small.
Find your passion, forget all the reasons it won’t work, concentrate on the one reason it will. Do something good each and every day that your future self will thank you for. Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book, write a good one.
And may all our dear readers, have the life of their dreams.
Happy new year…!