Thursday, January 1, 2009


I got this test from Google.
The bottom part,all the giberish
comes with it.Please ignore
that part.I thought this
might be fun.And I tried
to ask permission to use
it.He says if it's for your
personal use,it's ok.So
folks,we're all legal.
Happy New Year to
all my old friends and
new friends,and the
ones I haven't met yet.

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Take the New Year Quiz!
It's Another New Year...
...but for what reason?
"Happy New Year
!" That greeting will be said and heard for at least the first couple of weeks as a new year gets under way. But the day celebrated as New Year's Day in modern America was not always January 1.
ANCIENT NEW YEARSThe celebration of the new year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. In the years around 2000 BC, the Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon (actually the first visible cresent) after the Vernal Equinox (first day of spring).
The beginning of spring is a logical time to start a new year. After all, it is the season of rebirth, of planting new crops, and of blossoming. January 1, on the other hand, has no astronomical nor agricultural significance. It is purely arbitrary.
The Babylonian new year celebration lasted for eleven days. Each day had its own particular mode of celebration, but it is safe to say that modern New Year's Eve festivities pale in comparison.
The Romans continued to observe the new year in late March, but their calendar was continually tampered with by various emperors so that the calendar soon became out of synchronization with the sun.
In order to set the calendar right, the Roman senate, in 153 BC, declared January 1 to be the beginning of the new year. But tampering continued until Julius Caesar, in 46 BC, established what has come to be known as the Julian Calendar. It again established January 1 as the new year. But in order to synchronize the calendar with the sun, Caesar had to let the previous year drag on for 445 days.
THE CHURCH'S VIEW OF NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONSAlthough in the first centuries AD the Romans continued celebrating the new year, the early Catholic Church condemned the festivities as paganism. But as Christianity became more widespread, the early church began having its own religious observances concurrently with many of the pagan celebrations, and New Year's Day was no different. New Years is still observed as the Feast of Christ's Circumcision by some denominations.
During the Middle Ages, the Church remained opposed to celebrating New Years. January 1 has been celebrated as a holiday by Western nations for only about the past 400 years.
NEW YEAR TRADITIONS Other traditions of the season include the making of New Year's resolutions. That tradition also dates back to the early Babylonians. Popular modern resolutions might include the promise to lose weight or quit smoking. The early Babylonian's most popular resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment.
The Tournament of Roses Parade dates back to 1886. In that year, members of the Valley Hunt Club decorated their carriages with flowers. It celebrated the ripening of the orange crop in California.
Although the Rose Bowl football game was first played as a part of the Tournament of Roses in 1902, it was replaced by Roman chariot races the following year. In 1916, the football game returned as the sports centerpiece of the festival.
The tradition of using a baby to signify the new year was begun in Greece around 600 BC. It was their tradition at that time to celebrate their god of wine, Dionysus, by parading a baby in a basket, representing the annual rebirth of that god as the spirit of fertility. Early Egyptians also used a baby as a symbol of rebirth.
Although the early Christians denounced the practice as pagan, the popularity of the baby as a symbol of rebirth forced the Church to reevaluate its position. The Church finally allowed its members to celebrate the new year with a baby, which was to symbolize the birth of the baby Jesus.
The use of an image of a baby with a New Years banner as a symbolic representation of the new year was brought to early America by the Germans. They had used the effigy since the fourteenth century.
FOR LUCK IN THE NEW YEAR Traditionally, it was thought that one could affect the luck they would have throughout the coming year by what they did or ate on the first day of the year. For that reason, it has become common for folks to celebrate the first few minutes of a brand new year in the company of family and friends. Parties often last into the middle of the night after the ringing in of a new year. It was once believed that the first visitor on New Year's Day would bring either good luck or bad luck the rest of the year. It was particularly lucky if that visitor happened to be a tall dark-haired man.
Traditional New Year foods are also thought to bring luck. Many cultures believe that anything in the shape of a ring is good luck, because it symbolizes "coming full circle," completing a year's cycle. For that reason, the Dutch believe that eating donuts on New Year's Day will bring good fortune.
Many parts of the U.S. celebrate the new year by consuming black-eyed peas. These legumes are typically accompanied by either hog jowls or ham. Black-eyed peas and other legumes have been considered good luck in many cultures. The hog, and thus its meat, is considered lucky because it symbolizes prosperity. Cabbage is another "good luck" vegetable that is consumed on New Year's Day by many. Cabbage leaves are also considered a sign of prosperity, being representative of paper currency. In some regions, rice is a lucky food that is eaten on New Year's Day.
AULD LANG SYNEThe song, "Auld Lang Syne," playing in the background, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year. At least partially written by Robert Burns in the 1700's, it was first published in 1796 after Burns' death. Early variations of the song were sung prior to 1700 and inspired Burns to produce the modern rendition. An old Scotch tune, "Auld Lang Syne" literally means "old long ago," or simply, "the good old days." The lyrics can be found here.
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Bo said...

Happy first day of 2009 to you Ann...just came by to say I got the award posted on my blog & I sincerely thank you for thinking of me! Hugs, Bo

Mihai C. said...

Happy new year!!!
Keep it real

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Happy New Year Ann!

I remember when I was little my mom used to put a black eyed pea in something- was it corn bread or a dessert? Amazing how the mind doesn't cooperate sometimes!!

My dad was irish and many times we would have a boiled dinner for New Years- I still love that meal!

I guess I am getting lazy as we did absolutely nothing (watched a movie) and plan on a lazy day today as the wind has really kicked up here! Not sure that is the best way to start the year out but....

I am blessed to have the priviledge of getting to know you and am looking forward to what God has for us this new year!


Glenda/MidSouth said...

Happy New Year to you and your family. Have a great day.

Buttercream Cottage said...

Happy New Year!

Nana said...

That was interesting. The things you can learn on a blog. I love roosters too. Happy New Year.

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Hi Ann, Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you many blessings for the New Year! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

Lorrie said...

Happy New Year's Ann--all the best in 2009!

prof en retraite said...

Hi Ann...Just swinging through to wish you a Happy New Year! You're keeping me in stitches with the funnies you're sending me! I'm thinking about the award. Sorry it took me so long to understand! Your people are a lot of the people I would have chosen! Have a wonderful evening...Debbie

Glenda said...

Glad to learn that black eyed peas isn't just a Southern thing. Peas are for the coins you hope to get in the upcoming year. We also have some kind of greens to represent folding money or greenbacks. DH prefers collards, so that is what we have. And of course with the peas and greens we always have some kind of pork and cornbread. Just finished our second go at this menu a couple of hours ago.

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