THE HISTORY OF NEW YEAR’S
The celebration of the New Year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about four-thousand years ago. In the years around 2000 B-C, the Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon after the first day of spring. The beginning of spring is a logical time to start a new year as it is the season of planting new crops and of nature’s blossoming. January 1st, on the other hand, has no astronomical or agricultural significance. It is purely arbitrary. The Babylonian New Year celebration lasted for eleven days. Each day had its own particular mode of celebration. The Romans continued to observe the New Year in late March, but their calendar was continually tampered with by various emperors; the calendar soon became out of synchronization with the sun. In order to set the calendar right, the Roman senate, in 153 B-C, declared January 1st to be the beginning of the New Year. But tampering continued until Julius Caesar, in 46 B-C, established what has come to be known as the Julian Calendar. It again established January 1st as the New Year. But in order to synchronize the calendar with the sun, Caesar had to let the previous year drag on for 445 days.
THE CHURCH’S VIEW OF NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS
Although in the first centuries A-D the Romans continued celebrating the New Year, the early Catholic Church condemned the festivities as paganism. But as Christianity became more widespread, the early church began having its own religious observances concurrently with many of the pagan celebrations, and New Year’s Day was no different. New Year’s is still observed as the Feast of Christ’s Circumcision by some denominations. During the Middle Ages, the Church remained opposed to celebrating New Year’s. January 1st has been celebrated as a holiday by Western nations for only about the past 400 years.
NEW YEAR’S TRADITIONS
Traditions of the New Year include the making of New Year’s resolutions, dating back to the early Babylonian times. Popular modern resolutions are the promise to lose weight or quit smoking. The early Babylonians’ most popular resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment.
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If you haven’t noticed yet – 2012 has some SERIOUS movies coming out. I can’t wait!! Remember – the world’s supposed to end on December 21, 2012 – - at least I get to go out with a bang. (lol) Check out my ‘quick’ review of some of the films hitting the big screen.
MAN ON A LEDGE
ACT OF VALOR
See posters, trailers and my reviews HERE!