I recall vividly as if it were yesterday when I was just a little boy; I looked forward to Happy New Year 2020 with an air of relief, satisfaction and relaxation. Relief, because I had the rare possibility of placing a pause to the hectic and daily school schedule; satisfaction as it was a time to show off that cloth that ‘daddy’ bought for me and relaxation because I would go out with my friends and relations to have a nice time.
When I cracked open the hard shell of childhood and emerged into adulthood, I came across there is more to Christmas and New Year celebrations than just frolicking, chewing the fat and having a good time. The significance of these festivities cannot be overlooked, cannot be disputed and can not be buried into the ground.
Christmas may become a celebrated festival by Christians but its origin shows that it must be more than just a typical celebration for Christians. Though it is considered that Jesus had not been given birth to on the 25th of December, this date was picked by the early Church as it was a day when pagans celebrated their god. They did this with the hope and goal of converting pagans to Christianity.
The date fixed for the commemoration in our Lord and Saviour fails to really matter much, what matters is the fact a redeemer was borne, a rabbi who took a human form within the quest of changing humanity positively. He came in order that humanity can be saved, to ensure that sin can be wiped out, to ensure that darkness can be totally separated from light.
Christmas is a time for somber reflection, a time to make up with the creator, a period to relive the birth of Jesus Christ of Nazareth which happened over 2000 years ago, a period to set a pause to evil and darkness and embrace good and light. It is a time for you to count our numerous blessings and say a large thanks to God.
January 1st, the starting of every year is undoubtedly an unforgettable and significant day which would go to show why it is accepted and celebrated such grand fashion.
By midnight on the eve of January 1st, shrill shouts of Merry Christmas 2019 Messages may be heard in almost every nook and cranny of the world. Fire crackers go bang as happy youth throw them in midair. There exists always an extraordinary chill inside the heart of everyone since the clock strikes 12.00am; everyone alive is really a year older or has witnessed a brand new Year roll in. There is always high hopes and folks pray intently to God for blessing, prosperity and health. New Year resolutions are muttered or announced publicly by those who believe in it. Old characters are quickly striped off and thrown in the dustbin while new and characters are quickly embraced.
Calendar systems are based on major historical events and calendars have continually been altered and corrected and often completely rewritten. Fortunately, stability in the alteration of calendar was reached around 525AD. It had been conceived by way of a monk named Dionysiux Exiguus. The beginning of the year then was celebrated randomly, in England it had been celebrated on 25th March but following the year 1752 it had been moved to 1st January.
January is named following a Roman god ‘Janus’ who is depicted as being a two-faced god because he looked in opposite directions. One face looked forward while the other one looked backwards. He is reported to be ‘the god of all going out and coming in to whom all places and entrance and passage, all doors and gates, were holy’. He or she is also depicted as carrying two keys, one of these was a silver roifux and also the other was gold to unlock the seasonal gates in the winter and summer solstices.
Literally, this means that the month January permits us to look back on the Happy New Year 2020 we now have invested in earth and forward to the near future years we will spend. The question January is likely to ask us is; ‘how rewarding was the last years? Did we achieve anything worthwile or did we just sit down and watch it pass by us? Just how do we hope to approach the next year, with relaxed ease or having a burning desire to achieve more and better things?’
Only a fool will be content as to what they have got. Whenever we think we have done enough, what have we provided to the poverty-stricken people in our world? What contributions have we created to alleviate the sufferings of a lot of orphaned children? Think about the disabled in our midst, what exactly is their fate?