Watching the celebrations around the world this morning convinces me this is actually a worldwide event. Did not see anything from Bangladesh or Malaysia but am sure they also celebrated the move from one year on the calendar to the next.
Having experienced many of these events I am still having problems with thinking of this day as anything other than just another day in time. Yes there are celebrations, and in the U.S. we have college football at the Rose Bowl with the Rose parade and additional manufactured activities.
This game was introduced as a means of stimulation to the economy of southern California much like the Miss America contest was to be a stimulant to Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Here is an interesting snippet from Wikipedia concerning the Rose Bowl.
“Originally titled the “Tournament East-West football game,” the first Rose Bowl was played on January 1, 1902, starting the tradition of New Year’s Day bowl games. The football game was added in 1902 to help fund the cost of the Rose Parade. The inaugural game featured Fielding H. Yost‘s dominating 1901 Michigan team, representing the East, which crushed a previously 3-1-2 team from Stanford University, representing the West, by a score of 49–0 after Stanford quit in the third quarter. Michigan finished the season 11–0 and was crowned the national champion. Yost had been Stanford’s coach the previous year. The game was so lopsided that for the next 13 years, the Tournament of Roses officials ran chariot races, ostrich races, and other various events instead of football. But, on New Year’s Day 1916 football returned to stay as The State College of Washington (now Washington State University) defeated Brown University in the first annual Rose Bowl with that explicit name.”
But back to my original contention; this day is but another day in the lives of people worldwide.
We will all continue to experience the joys and the tragedies of life on this world. Much like one feels no different on their birthday than they felt the day before, we feel no different today than we did yesterday. (hangovers excluded)
Many make “resolutions” on this day. They consider this a day to start a new life with higher values and goals. An ideal idea but most are cast aside soon after we sober up. 😉
Personally I would hope we all work this year to blaze a new trail through the forest of life. We wash away the footprints we have been following and create our own set of footprints for others to follow.
I am still working on having some monthly chats with trail blazers and those that wish to leave their footprints in the sands of time.
Come join me, it is going to be a fun year!