Mesopotamia (Iraq) instituted the concept of celebrating New Year in 2000 BC.
The Romans dedicated New Year’s Day to Janus, the Roman god of gates, doors, and beginnings, after whom the first month of the year, January, is named.
Janus was depicted as having two faces: one looking forward and the other backwards. Some suggested this celebration commenced in 153 BC, when it was stipulated that the two annual consuls, after whose names the Romans identified the years, acceded to office on that day, though there is no consensus on the question.
After Julius Caesar reformed the calendar in 46 BC as the Julian calendar and was subsequently murdered, the Roman Senate voted to deify him on 1 January 42 BC, in honor of his life and his institution of the new rationalized calendar.
Enough of history. Throughout the World, the concept of New Years has revolved around on either a memory of a God, of a religion, any famous personality, or change of seasons.
This year, we have to ask ourselves a few questions.
What is a New Years? Why do we celebrate it? Not on a community level, or on the basis of human race, but on an induvial level. We all make resolutions which most of us forget after 1 week. So what’s the point of celebrating New Years? Just a change of calendars, few fireworks at 12am, wishing your loved ones, changing year on the cellphones and watches? Placing selfies on social media? Is that it?
New year starts from us, when we decide to change for the betterment of the society.
When we change to serve others, to love ourselves, to bond, to unite with different religions, cast or creed.
When we learn loving without boundaries, having no borders for humanity, knowing the answer of your existence, understanding and perusing your passion.
Yes, you can have fun on New Year’s, it’s now a society norm, or should I say tradition… but what’s so new about this year? New budgeting? New challenges? 100 percent growth of your company? Is that what you call NEW?
I think there is no new year, its years of practice and persistence to make yourself new and better version of yourself for the world, it can’t be marked on the calendar… It is a continuous process…
While changing yourself, enjoy life, have fireworks in your life, and enjoy the selfies on social media. Write articles on your life struggles and success, sing, dance, love and have fun all your life not only on a certain date scheduled to celebrate as new year by our ancestors at the time we didn’t even exist.
Think! What’s new this year?
About the Author:
Dr. Arif is on a long life journey of soul searching. This precisely landed him at Learning Minds Group as a Consultant and a Trainer. Being a certified trainer for Business Edge Program by World Bank IFC, he is certified to conduct and customize sessions for Small and Medium Enterprises, as well as front line employees of large organizations. Dr. Arif has an in-born gift of engaging with his audience. Due to his ability to connect with every participant on an individual le