The Meaning of New Years Eve and New Years Traditions

dsfjkskdThe new year is fast approaching, and many greet our transition into a new year as a celebration. Many of us go out that eve and party, sharing the new year eve with someone special with a kiss at the stroke of midnight, and voices joined together in the words, “Happy New Year!”

Aside from the noisemakers and festivity, the new year has had a deeper meaning in the past, much more than in our current times. The measure and meaning as usually been associated with the moon cycles and the shift of seasons, with new year celebrations observed at other times.

When Is The Year “New”?

New years day has not always been on January 1st. In fact, there is no consistent date in many instances. The new year has been held on the day of the new moon, or the first glimmer of a crescent moon. In many cases the new year was tied to the Vernal Equinox, a day seen as the first day of spring. This seems quite natural, to celebrate the new year in a more earth-related way with the emerging seeds of tomorrow.

The Chinese culture holds a similar approach, celebrating the new year a little bit later than ours. The Chinese new year begins on the first day of lunisolar Chinese calendar. This celebration is not just a day, it carries on through the fifteenth day with a traditional dinner for the “year-pass eve”.

Today’s calendar is a little more detached from the cycles of the moon than our old measures of time. It’s funny, we live in a world filled with artificial measure of our days, and even forcibly shift the time an hour this way, and six months later we turn time an hour back. So much of what we find in our world cries out as something we “need” that is outside of ourselves, taking precious attention from the things that matter the most.

Making Resolutions

The New year eve celebration is a time for recollecting the days that have passed, remembering what we have learned and making changes in order to get the new year off to a good start. We make resolutions, the promises to ourselves to eat better, exercise more, and make better choices. I don’t know of any time I have ever heard someone make a resolution to be less than they were before, but our resolutions do carry a fragment of the idea that we can do better that we had in the past.

Most resolutions come and go as quickly as the parties we attend in celebration. It’s difficult to live up to an ideal or theory, and most resolutions are just that, an idea that sounds good but doesn’t always fit neatly into our everyday world. Maybe if we choose a certain day to focus on those things we want in the new year, like spending an hour each Saturday to practice or observe our resolution, we would have a greater chance of turning our goals into success.

With Each Breath Comes New Opportunity

We could also recognize that the measure of a year isn’t the only time we can use to measure by, for we have moon cycles, days, and breaths for our symbols of the ebb and flow, the beginning and the ending. we can choose to fill one breath cycle with appreciation, and later bring the message of joy into another. As for that bigger picture, the new year, maybe it should be a time to remember our purpose, preparing our sails to catch that next wind, and let the breaths of our lives take care of the rest.

Happy New Year to all from

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