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Monday, January 31, 2011

The dawn of a new beginning

There is immense cheer and hope with the advent of the New Year.

A NEW DAY: A new start. 

The stroke of midnight hour on every December 31 marks the beginning of another `New Year'. The sun shines in all its brilliance, spreading its radiant light all over the planet Earth bringing new colors of life and new hope; birds flutter their happy wings in all their splendor; animals run `wild' in their ecstasy; nature sways in all its glory and mortals are awakened to their senses at the dawn of every New Year! 

New Year was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. In the good olden days, the beginning of spring was the logical time to start a New Year. The Roman senate in 153 BC declared January 1 as the beginning of a New Year. The song `Auld Lang Syne', which denotes "old long ago" or simply "good old days" playing in the background is sung at the stroke of midnight hour in all the English-speaking countries to bring in the New Year. The use of an image of a baby is a symbolic representation of New Year, which probably is to signify the birth of baby Jesus.

There is brimming of life to the fullest; and happiness, bliss and joy embrace people. There are many resolutions made (of course to keep!) and along with materialistic goods like greeting cards, sweets and gifts; social goods are also exchanged like love, care and affection to commemorate the birth of another year. People look forward to the New Year by cherishing and reminiscing the bygone happy memories, leaving behind the sad and unfortunate ones, thus promising to start life afresh.

There is immense cheer and bountiful rejoice and celebration, good wishes and good luck with the advent of the New Year.
So, wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year with good health, wealth and happiness.

Nivedita Antyakula 

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