So it’s New Year’s Day. So what? I ask you, why is this such an important day that billions of dollars be spent on fireworks, alcohol, and lost productivity? All of this in celebration of a new desk calendar. Bah Humbug!
Don’t get me wrong, I get the whole “new beginnings” and “new chapter”. I’ll Rosh Hashanah and Kung Xi Fat Choi with the best of them. Who doesn’t love a good Ras as-Sanah al-Hijriyah? The traditions and rituals of Hogmanay can inspire, (although I wonder whether the West has taken over even in Alba these days). I say kia kaha to those looking to instate Matariki in Aotearoa, but the idea of celebrating the first of January with such vigor really does leave me cold, and mystified.
I pray, hope, and believe that 2014 CE will be a happy year, but let’s just get on with it shall we?