I remember vividly as if it were yesterday when I was only a little boy; I looked forward to Happy New Year 2020 with an air of relief, satisfaction and relaxation. Relief, because I had the rare possibility of placing a pause to the hectic and daily school schedule; satisfaction since it was a time to show off that cloth that ‘daddy’ bought for me and relaxation because I would go out with my friends and family to have a nice time.
As I cracked open the hard shell of childhood and emerged into adulthood, I came across there is more to Christmas and New Year celebrations than just frolicking, chewing the fat and enjoying yourself. The importance of these festivities should not be overlooked, cannot be disputed and should not be buried in to the ground.
Christmas may become a celebrated festival by Christians nonetheless its origin shows that it is more than just a regular celebration for Christians. Though it is considered that Jesus Christ was not given birth to on the 25th of December, this date was picked through the early Church because it had been a day when pagans celebrated their god. They did this with the expectation and intention of converting pagans to Christianity.
The date fixed for that commemoration of our Lord and Saviour does not really matter much, what matters is the fact a redeemer was borne, a rabbi who took a human form inside the quest of changing humanity positively. He came in order that humanity can be saved, to ensure that sin can be wiped out, so that darkness can be totally separated from light.
Christmas is actually a time for somber reflection, a time to make with the creator, an occasion to relive the birth of Jesus Christ of Nazareth which occurred over 2000 years back, an occasion to place a pause to evil and darkness and embrace good and light. This is a time and energy to count our numerous blessings and say a huge thank you to God.
January 1st, the beginning of each and every year is undoubtedly an unforgettable and significant day which goes toward show why it is actually accepted and celebrated such grand fashion.
By midnight on the eve of January 1st, shrill shouts of Merry Christmas 2019 Messages might be heard in almost every nook and cranny around the globe. Fire crackers go bang as happy youth throw them in midair. There is certainly always an extraordinary chill in the heart of everybody because the clock strikes 12.00am; everyone alive is a year older or has witnessed a whole new Year roll in. There exists always high hopes and people pray intently to God for blessing, prosperity and better health. New Year resolutions are muttered or announced publicly by people who have confidence in it. Old characters are quickly striped off and thrown in the dustbin while new and better characters are quickly embraced.
Calendar systems are based on major historical events and calendars have continually been altered and corrected and often completely rewritten. Fortunately, stability inside the alteration of calendar was reached during 525AD. It was conceived with a monk named Dionysiux Exiguus. The beginning of the year then was celebrated randomly, in England it had been celebrated on 25th March but after the year 1752 it absolutely was transferred to 1st January.
January is named after having a Roman god ‘Janus’ who may be depicted being a two-faced god because he looked in opposite directions. One face looked forward as the other one looked backwards. He is said to be ‘the god of all venturing out and arriving to whom all places and entrance and passage, all doors and gates, were holy’. He or she is also depicted as carrying two keys, one of them had been a silver roifux and the other was gold to unlock the seasonal gates in the winter and summer solstices.
Literally, because of this the month January allows us to look back on the New Year Wishes we have now used on earth and to the long run years we will spend. The question January tends to ask us is; ‘how rewarding was the past years? Did we achieve anything worthwile or did we just sit down and watch it pass by us? How can hopefully to approach the next year, with relaxed ease or with a burning want to achieve more and better things?’
Only a fool will be content as to what they have. If we think we have now done enough, what have we provided to the poverty-stricken people in the world? What contributions have we created to alleviate the sufferings of so many orphaned children? Think about the disabled among us, what is their fate?