A late entry to the New Years greetings list:
Reminds me of 2002 when I celebrated a New Year three times in three countries. It started off in Hometown, USA on January 1st. I got to spend an evening of games, laughs, and good times with a handful of friends I haven’t seen much of since we all went our own ways, traveled, deployed, or life got too busy.
Next celebration was in Beijing, China in early February after a couple of weeks of teaching English at a school camp. It was right around the day that I got to walk around on a stretch of the Great Wall, pretty amazing sights. Fireworks at New Years is nothing new nor quiet over there. Plus, dumplings to celebrate the festivities. They’ve really got something going there… mmm.
Lastly, and likely my most favorite New Years of all, SONGKRAN water festival in mid April in Thailand. In Indiana and Beijing it was winter and frigid but in Thailand it was up to 105˚ F each day this time of the year. Imagine dousing and being drenched by total strangers while walking to the store, to work, or sitting on the bus. How about a pickup truck with barrels of ice water in the back pulling up along side your open-side bus and someone throwing freezing cold water on you? Imagine being a foreigner and being one up on the neighbor kids and getting them first. :o) Man I miss being in Thailand.
Looking back that was a crazy year and it needed at least three celebrations.
Wherever and whenever you celebrate it and however you number it,
HAPPY NEW YEAR!