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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!


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

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