It is a subject that has occasionally amused me over the years.
At some point in the last short while the Earth passed a point in its orbit around the Sun. Now this point is invisible. There are no signposts out there or indeed anything physical. The point is a purely arbitrary point that can only be established by counting the Earth’s rotations since it last passed that arbitrary [and purely imaginary] point in space. If they for some strange quirk of fate lost count then the arbitrary point would be lost forever and they’d have to invent a new one.
Having reached this arbitrary point the inhabitants started celebrating, not the passing of the point but at different times during the rotation of Earth upon its axis. So celebrations at one point on the planet could be winding down while others have several hours to go before they even start.
So what is the significance of all this? Well, for a start it means the throwing away of calendars and diaries. For some it means the start of a period where they start putting the wrong dates on cheques. For me it means I get a pay rise form Our Glorious Gubmint of €5 [I haven’t yet decided what I’m going to spend this on]. Some people make resolutions which they will break in weeks, in not days. For the rest of the planet – the birds, plants, trees, animals, fish and insects it means … nothing. The weather today is much the same as yesterday – remarkably warm and windy. The grass is still long and shaggy. The trees are still bare. So far as Nature is concerned, nothing has changed.
So why the big hoo-ha? I often wonder.
However convention tells me that this is the time when I greet people with a wish they they enjoy the next orbit of the Sun.
Happy New Orbit Everyone!