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Is New Year celebration a foolery?


There are quite a few people who find the New Year celebration a thoughtless event. It has been rightly said that by celebrating New Year, often people get little bit older and a little bit rounder, but still none the wiser.

New Year is an annual commercial institution of card, gift confectionery and alcohol industry creating promiscuous drunks, compulsive shoppers, formal greetings and oft-repeated resolutions. As Mark Twain puts it, "New Year's is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls and humbug resolutions." In other words, New Year celebration is a foolery invented by the market forces.

It has been suggested, instead of celebrating, better drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. According to Brooks Atkinson, let past year go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.

A funny saying on New Year celebration by P. J. O'Rourke goes like this: "The proper behavior all through the holiday season is to be drunk. This drunkenness culminates on New Year's Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you're married to." Therefore, most people look forward to the New Year for a new start on bad old habits.

According to G. K. Chesterton, the object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year but a new soul. "Unless a man starts on the strange assumption that he has never existed before, it is quite certain that he will never exist afterwards. Unless a man be born again, he shall by no means enter into the Kingdom of Heaven," says Chesterton.

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Rajasthan ,  INDIA

I originally hail from Kurukshertra, now settled in Jaipur, and have taught physics in KV-2, Ambala; Mayo College, Ajmer; Sports School, Rai.

After working with KVS, Krishnamurti Foundation, Lok Jumbish, Bodh, CULP, UNESCO and UNICEF, these days I am doing freelancing.

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