This New Year lark has always slightly bemused me.
On a minor note, it has amused me that people go around wishing each other a "Happy New Year". Why? Would they normally wish them a miserable new year if they keep quiet? Surely we would all wish a happy time to all our friends no matter what time of year, so wouldn't it make sense to wish each other a "Happy New Month" or a "Happy New Week" so the wish is nicely refreshed on a regular basis? Maybe a "Happy New Day" greeting would become a little tedious but you get my drift?
The big question though is why the first of January?
I know in the past things were different, and apparently the new year started at various times in March or even April but the big question is what determines the first of January? What defines the start of January? There is nothing significant about that day. On a cosmic scale of things, it's just another spin of the globe as it orbits the Sun and is no different from any other spin.
Now if the year started on say the Winter Solstice, that would make a lot of sense. That day is well defined in the order of things as it can be set by simple astronomy so it would make perfect sense to mark that as the start of the calendar year? Or equally we could choose the Summer Solstice or either of the Equinoxes. So why chose a day that has no distinguishing features whatsoever?
The whole lark is a bit of a scam anyway. What is the Big Deal about a new year? It's just a change of calendar. It's just the start of a new diary [if you’re into that sort of thing]. It's just the start of miswriting the dates on cheques, or do people write cheques any more? Birthdays are far more significant as they define a person's age, but the year just causes confusion.
Happy New Week everyone.
And I hope all politicians and others who would interfere in my life have a fucking miserable New Year.