Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Gregorian New Year Versus Our New Year


I can't help but wonder what is New Year and what does it mean from a Non Jewish Perspective as opposed to a Jewish perspective and indeed when one looks at some of the other views of New Year from a Asian perspective or even a Hindu or Muslim or Buddhist perspective? What does New Year really mean apart from a complete evolution of the world on its axis in the physical sense? Why do we attach so much importance to the physicality of the earth doing a complete evolution of the sun or a complete orbit of the sun so to speak? We do a complete turn around or revolution of the earth on its axis every 24 hours and so many seconds, so what is so transforming about the complete orbit and how it is calculated in other religions or even from a secular concept?
I did some research and here are a few thoughts on the matter.
Bikrami Samvat is the Hindu New Year and it is on the 12th of April this year. Another three months plus away. How do they calculate it?
The Chinese New Year is end of January and I will be back with some more 'New Year' thoughts from around the world. It has started me on a train of thought.

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