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New Year’s Day: A time to look forward and backwards as well

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New Year’s Day began when the Roman Senate changed the calendar date to January 1 in 153 BC. This occurred over 4,000 years ago in ancient Babylon.

Since that time the tradition has been to celebrate new beginnings as well as creating and keeping resolutions as the “New Year” starts over. All around the world there are celebrations, traditions and festivals that take place.

The ball or apple dropping in New York City celebrates the calendar change from one year to the next. Carriages are decorated with flowers in California during the Tournament of the Roses Parade. This is done to celebrate the ripening of the orange crop. In the Netherlands they believe that eating donuts will bring everyone good fortune.

Making resolutions is another year starting tradition. Many people create a list of things they want to do or change throughout the new coming year. Some items on the list are realistic while others may not be. It is a challenge to try and keep all those thoughts and work towards a better year.

But celebrating the new calendar year can be done by also looking backwards. This is a great way to document where you have been, what you have accomplished and decide on where you want to improve or go from here. Remembering the great times with family and friends and reflecting on all the memories created and what inspired them can fill a journal or scrapbook that can be passed from generation to generation.

Happy New Year!

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