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First, a few facts about New Years:
The date of New Year’s Day seems so fundamental that it’s almost as though nature ordained it. But New Year’s Day is a civil event. Its date isn’t precisely fixed by any natural seasonal marker.
According to a study by Borgna Brunner, the British and the Americans did not celebrate the New Year on January 1st until 1752. Prior to that New Years was celebrated in March.
“The earliest recording of a new year celebration is believed to have been in Mesopotamia, c. 2000 B.C. and was celebrated around the time of the vernal equinox, in mid-March. A variety of other dates tied to the seasons were also used by various ancient cultures. The Egyptians, Phoenicians, and Persians began their new year with the fall equinox, and the Greeks celebrated it on the winter solstice.”
“The date for the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) changes each year. It always falls between January 21 and February 20 as determined by the Chinese lunar calendar.”
“There’s no astronomical reason to celebrate New Year’s Day on January 1. Instead, our modern New Year’s celebration stems from the ancient, two-faced, Roman god Janus – for whom the month of January is also named. One face of Janus looked back into the past, and the other peered forward to the future.”
Think in the Morning has assembled below a few specimens of napkin art produced during the Sea Gull Cellar Bar days (circa 1980s) that we feel represent the New Year in some whimsical way. Enjoy!
WE AT THINK IN THE MORNING WISH ALL OUR READERS A SAFE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR !