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.
—-> WHAT ARE YOUR RESOLUTIONS FOR 2012??? <—-
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!
Every Friday night at the Roxy in Houston – – not only do we throw a little party…but we do something called, ‘THE ROCK YA ‘BOOTY’ CONTEST! $500 up for grabs for the ladies. Got the skillz?!
WATCH HERE…who’s your favorite?
Hey movie fans! I’m finally catching up on my Netflix movie reviews. You could say some of them have been pretty interesting. (LOL) Looking for something to watch while sitting at home? Or not. (lol) Some of the movie’s I’ve recently seen are – STRIPPERLAND (zombie and strippers), THE WARD, MASK MAKER, BLACK WATER, BLOODLUST ZOMBIES, and the ninja western flick – THE WARRIOR’S WAY.
Check out some of my reviews HERE.
We all know DMX tends to frequent prisons cells, but this year he wasn’t the only rapper that had issues avoiding jail time. Here’s a quick look back at how DMX, T.I. and Ja Rule spent that majority of their time… doing time:
· In late May, DMX it was reported that the rapper would be released from an Arizona corrections facility on July 1st. The rapper, who was serving time for violating the terms of his probation, will be under supervision until the August 12th. Right before he was scheduled to be released, X was caught with drugs in his system and faced 30 more days of incarceration. The troubled artist also violated numerous rules, including failing or refusing a drug test, unauthorized smoking and disorderly conduct. Since being released, DMX has cleaned up his act, performed at the 2011 BET Awards and he is working on his seventh studio album, Redemption of the Beast.
· After T.I. served his weapons possession sentence and was able to leave a halfway house, we all assumed he’d serve out the remainder of his sentence under house arrest and steer clear of trouble. Unfortunately, he and his wife, Tameka Cottle, were arrested in early September on drug charges. The pair was pulled over in West Hollywood by police, who then smelled marijuana coming from the car. The two were arrested for possession of a controlled substance, booked and released on ten-thousand dollars bail. T.I. was sentenced to serve an 11-month sentence inside Arkansas Federal Correctional Institution for violating the terms of his probation. After he completed his time, the rapper opened the 2011 Hip Hop Awards alongside Young Jeezy, began to work on his upcoming album, Trouble Man, and he launched a new VH1 reality series, T.I. & Tiny – Family Hustle. In addition, Tip is currently working on his forthcoming novel, titled Power & Beauty.
· Ja Rule is currently serving a two year sentence for a weapons possession charge. In addition to that, according to The Associated Press, the rapper was also sentenced to two years of jail time for tax evasion. Apparently, Ja failed to pay over three million dollars on back taxes to the IRS from 2004 to 2006. His new sentence will “run concurrently” and could result in an additional 4 to 12 months. If that’s not bad enough, he must also pay 1.1-million in back taxes. Fortunately, he is expected to embark on a tour that’s being dubbed My 40 Days/40 Nights Around the World, which will occur immediately following the completion of his jail stint. In addition, he is also working on his upcoming album, The Renaissance Project, the sequel to his classic album, Pain Is Love.