December 31, 2017 : Another Year Gone

TODAY is the last day of 2017.

Looking back, I can’t really remember much of things that happened throughout the year. For the past 365 days to be exact. Apart from Adam’s Dean List result for two semesters in a  row and memorable moments with munchkin…everytime. Last year was pretty much uneventful one for me…

Apart from cancelling plan to visit the UK, nothing much I can remember really…

Except towards the end of the year when something wonderful…unexpected…happened in my life.

Something that brought smiles to my face and spring in my steps…lifts my spirit to soar above the cloudy skies…

Something that wipes away the pain and tears that l experienced and shed in the last several years…

However, it is something that l rather keep to myself for now as it is too precious to be shared with the world…just yet.

And as I browsed through Facebook or LinkedIn, almost everyone was busy wishing each other with the New Year 2018 wishes which just about few hours to go. 

And this brought me back to a conversation I had with D this morning about New Year Eve and all the fuss surrounding this one day of the year… as he puts it…”…a lot of fuss about nothing…”

New Year’s Eve is a day of mixed feelings for many people. On one hand, it is a time to celebrate the end of the year gone by and welcome what is in store in the New Year. On the other hand, some people experience a sense of nostalgia as they reflect on the events that took place in their lives in the past 12 months. Many people start thinking about New Year’s resolutions at this time of the year.

Personally I don’t find a New Year to be about anything but an arbitrary calendar point.

It also marks a psychological new start, a leaving behind and hope for a better year ahead. 

Many people hold parties to bid farewell and to welcome the New Year. And the festivities can vary in size and theme. Some people attend formal masquerade balls while others have costume parties. Some people have small parties or gatherings at their homes. Many New Year’s Eve celebrations are highlighted by firework.

As the clock strikes midnight into New Year’s Day, many people celebrate this event by exchanging hugs, kisses, and wish each other a “Happy New Year.”

Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian calendar in 1582. It was adopted immediately in some areas of Europe but it was not used in various countries until even centuries later. For example, the United Kingdom and the United States started observing the Gregorian calendar in 1752, in which 11 days were dropped.

It is important to note that not all cultures follow the Gregorian calendar in observing New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. For example the New Year in the Hindu, Chinese, Coptic, Jewish, Islamic calendars differ to that of the Gregorian calendar.

Despite differing views on how Muslim should  or should not celebrate new year, I prescribe my own way. Having surrounded by non-Muslims as my BFFs throughout my adult life until now, wishing someone a happy new year is all about reaching out and touching people, regardless of any per-existing conditions or beliefs we each have, please folks, let’s not forget in the realm of the universe this is a very very very small planet we all live on.

On the lighter note though, there are few names on New Year’s Eve will be pronounced around the world… and here is a list of how this day is pronounced in different languages namely Selamat Tahun Baru (Malaysia); Auld Lang Syne (Scottish); Saint-Sylvestre (French); Silvester (German); Fiesta de Fin de Año (Spanish); Véspera de Ano Novo (Portuguese); San Silvestro (Italian); Nyttårsaften (Norwegian); Nytår (Danish); Nyårsafton (Swedish) and Oíche Chinn Bliana (Irish)…A

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