January 01, 2009

Happy New Year

The Chinese New Year falls on different dates each year, a date between January 21 and February 20. The Chinese New Year 2009 is the year of the ox. It starts on January 26th, 2009 and ends on February 14th, 2010.

The people of India use around 30 calendars. As a result of this diversity, New Year’s Day is, in India, celebrated on different days throughout the year. I read that here and here. In Gujarat in Western India, for example, New Year is celebrated in the end of October, on the day that coincides with Diwali. Diwali is an important Hindu festival, but in Gujarat it is celebrated as New Year’s Day as well. People light little oil lamps on and around their houses to welcome Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. The photo below shows students at a school in Ahmadabad, Gujarat, India.


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Where I live, 2009 starts today, January 1. For those of you who also start the new year today I wish a happy new year.
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