31 Dec 2010

THE OLD OR THE NEW?

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 .........

THE OLD......
 
...... OR

 THE NEW?
 
 

13 comments:

Misha said...

I like the old version!
Thank you for the info about New Year! I never knew about Janus.

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones, Tracy!

chitra said...

PW, I wonder what kind of cebrations would have been there 4000years back.
I like the first music.
Happy New year to you and your family.

Melissa Gill said...

I like the old version. I like to look forward while holding onto traditions. Happy New Year

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Happy new Year to you as well; good health and happiness are wished for you.

Oddyoddyo13 said...

I don't know who'll be more surprised-you or me-when I say that I actually liked the old version of that song better!

Su said...

Old. Definitely. And 11 days of partying sounds great, although I guess that's kind of what we still do, except now we end with new year instead of starting with it!

The Golden Eagle said...

Old.

I hope you have a Happy New Year!

Kelly said...

Our internet is acting iffy today (possibly weather related), so I don't dare jinx slowing things by listening to the clips. However....I'd be willing to bet I'd prefer the old version. Some things just aren't meant to be "improved" upon!

Wishing you and your family a very happy 2011!!

A said...

Happy New Year PW !!! Nice one.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Have a rockin' and wonderful 2011!! May any youtube only play your favorite version. :)

Arti said...

I loved the old one... Wish you a very Happy New Year:-)

naida said...

I'm an old fashioned girl, I like the old version :)
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GMR said...

A fascinating post as usual.... ^_^