Why do we celebrate new year?
It is good and important for us to have milestones, dates and events that mark changing seasons. It is also good and important for us to have reasons for celebration.
If not for earmarked dates, some people may never have fun.
Be that as it may, technically, there is no special day. Each day is taken to be 24 hours and a few minutes. Every special day is so in our own reckoning only. If others do not esteem our special days (which often are only special dates) in the same way there’s no big deal, they probably did not see the big picture the way you see it or the picture is so big everyone can only see the part closest to them better than others.
What are the new year dates?
If studied more critically, every day in the Gregorian calendar (which is the replacement for the Julian calendar) will probably be a new year.
Two researchers are already proposing a transition from the Gregorian calendar
Even though I will buy into their argument, I have a personal reason for doing so.
Clamor for the true birthday:
I have stopped saying or writing “happy birthday”, because it is a wrong use of word. The Gregorian calendar does not permit the correctness in the word “birthday”. I was born on a Friday, so you will be right to say happy birthday only if I’m celebrating on a Friday.
If we must stick to the Gregorian calendar, then I propose we change the word “birthday” to “birthdate”. I have been using the word birthdate for some years now because it did justice to meaning and placates me of the injustice of a shifting birth day.
With the Gregorian calendar, one needs to live long enough and they would celebrate their birth date on every day of the week.
But we must also ask a question of reason: What do we celebrate, a birth day or a birth date?
The illusion of a new year
New year used to be March 25 but Pope Gregory ‘moved’ it to January 1 for a good reason which may not be as good today.
Many eastern cultures follow a lunisolar calendar: the Chinese calendar and the Jewish calendar follow a lunisolar pattern while the Islamic or Hijri calendar follow a lunar pattern.
All these and some Nigerian cultures which attach new year celebration to a farming practice, for example, New yam festival and a fishing festival in some Niger-Delta community, shift around days.
Having a single New year day is therefore an illusion.
We should again ask the question of reason: what do we celebrate, a new year day or a new year date?
One way or the other, earth’s rotation and revolution has form a wheel-inside-wheel model for our calendar concept making scheduling slippery. But one calendar model is more slippery than another. The reason Julian calendar gave way for the Gregorian calendar and the more reason for a less shifting calendar.
And the final illusion will be the international time line.
It is one important invention that is logical and may not be going away any time soon, but where days are concerned, days and dates are relative no thanks to the time zone.
It is the time zone that technically put Australia and New Zealand ahead into the new year while Baker Island and the likes are dragging along.
This is the only way we all can be celebrating both date and day about the same period but we may actually be celebrating new year for 3 days.