New Year's Day is the first day of the new year. On the modern Gregorian calendar, it is celebrated on January 1, as it was also in ancient Rome (though other dates were also used in Rome). In all countries using the Gregorian calendar as their main calendar, except for Israel, it is a public holiday, often celebrated with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the new year starts. January 1 on the Julian calendar corresponds to January 14 on the Gregorian calendar, and it is on that date that followers of some of the Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate the New Year.
New Year's Day marks a new beginning, another new chapter in our lives; it is the first day of the calendar each year, it is psychological, yet it is a powerful one that we humans have given to that new chapter. At times, New Year's Day simply passes by without any significance while at other times, it signifies the beginning of a great year! 2010, exactly a decade after the fear for millennium bug which had the IT industry went bonkers … more
I didn't do much today, just recovered from last night's festivities (amazing I wasn't even buzzed last night) and I mostly stayed indoors, cooked (my friends know I cooked when I am depressed, but this time I just cooked) and did some reading (other than comics for a change). I see 2012's "New Year's Day" a time to reflect on the good stuff that happened to me in 2011, also to be more hopeful of 2012. I hope to do more self-reflection, and maintain friendships … more