Donna O'Donnell Figurski's Blog

It's All About Me!

Musings #8 Celebrating the New Year — One Day Late

In Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye sings of tradition. It’s a practice that is repeated again and again. It can be a custom passed down from family to family for generations or from culture to culture. There is comfort in tradition. It’s reassuring.

Traditionally on New Year’s Eve folks gather to usher the old year out. With noise makers they welcome the new year. I always thought that was just to be boisterous, to make merry, to celebrate the newness, but actually, for some cultures, the noise helps to ward off evil.

The Hmong, people of southern China and the mountain regions of Vietnam, Burma, Laos, and Thailand sweep their homes to rid themselves, not only of dirt, but also evil spirits. Be gone, Evil Spirits. Be gone! In Spain the folks eat twelve grapes at midnight — precisely twelve — one for each month — to ensure a happy new year. Bonfires are built by the Dutch. New York’s Times Square and the ball dropping is a tradition shared around the world. David and I and my cousin Tricia (Patti) and Bryce joined the throngs of New Yorkers for Y2K in 2000. What merrymaking! Resolutions made. Champagne toasts. Embraces and kisses shared. All tradition!

Pork and sauerkraut go hand-in-hand on New Year’s Day in my family. It’s tradition too! This year my cousin, Kathy, her husband, Sam and daughter, Kayla and Kayla’s boyfriend, Dan, joined us to welcome a little good luck for this new year. So what if we were a day late.

I can almost hear the strains of Tevye’s voice . . . Tradition! Tradition! Tradition!

Advertisements

January 3, 2010 - Posted by | Anything Writing, Musings by Donna | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Fight Stroke

Resources for stroke patients, caregivers, and family members

FindingStrengthToStandAgain's Blog

Overcoming obstacles with Optimism

Braingirl and Next Doors Cat

Life after Traumatic Brain Injury

101 Books

Reading my way through Time Magazine's 100 Greatest Novels since 1923 (plus Ulysses)

Miss Clara's Corner

Be the change you wish to see in the world -Gandhi

Views from a Window Seat

Jeannine Atkins on Writing and Stuff

making our way

Making our way in the mountains

In An Instant Your Life Can Change Forever

Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts Blog

%d bloggers like this: