HAPPY NEW YEAR.
New Year, a time of bidding farewell to the old and welcoming in the new.
The oldest of all holidays, New Year celebrations were first observed in ancient Babylon some 4000 years ago. Believed to have been celebrated on what is now April the 23rd, the event lasted for some 11 days with modern day festivities seeming pretty tame in comparison.
Also largely connected with New Year is Janus (from where we get January), a mythical king of early Rome as well as the the God of beginnings, Guardian of doors and an ancient symbol to whom many looked to for forgiveness for their enemies,who according to legend had two faces, one at the front of his head and one on the back which allowed him to backward as well as forward at the same time so that midnight on December the 31st the Romans imagined him looking back at the old year and forward to the new.
Which brings me to the old and the new.
Traditionally song at the stroke of midnight non the 31st of December is AULD LANG SYNE - which version do you prefer .........