Gregorian New Year begins right in the middle of the night/dark (00:00) and winter’s coldest days. “New Year” itself used to symbolize new beginnings, a new dawn, fresh start, going into the light, its warmth that brings life.
- Spring is dawn to sunrise.
It signifies new beginnings. A fresh start. A new season. Renewal of life. Planting season. New Year!
- Summer is daylight.
It marks our continuous work. We continue to prepare for the coming winter. We learn and study. We train. We take care of the farm as the seeds we planted back in Spring grows.
- Autumn is sunset to dusk.
The cold begins to blow. The heat from the sun begins to lessen. We begin and finish harvesting our farms and create a stockpile of our needs for the coming winter season.
- Winter is nighttime.
It is coldness and darkness. The lack of heat. The season of death, when no life can grow, no crops, even animals burrows to the deepest recesses of the earth or migrates to warmer regions. We stick together for warmth and survival. We use our stockpiles of food, water, and other materials we need. We rest and wait for winter to be over.
Then the cycle repeats again, back to Spring, a new year. New beginnings. We plant again. Even the animals and plants display the same cycle year around, season by season. In Spring, animals starts to come out again from their hiding places. Those that migrated elsewhere returns. Even bears that went to hibernation wakes up. Trees starts to grow leaves, and those with leaves begins to show more vibrant, lively, colours.
But contrast Spring to Winter, it’s total opposite. Animals disappears. Trees withers. Nature itself is conserving to avoid permanent death!
The seasons weren’t there to simply tell us if it is going to be hot or cold, rainy or dry. The seasons actually tell us when a solar year begins and ends. Thus, a New Year in Winter, even more so in the dead of the Winter season, is definitely not New Year.
A Day Begins at, well… Day (light)!
A New Year in the dead of the night is not New Year either. Spring is synonymous to dawn to sunrise. It marks a new beginning. A fresh start. The families go out to welcome the first light, the first heat, after a long cold winter. Snow and ice melts from the new heat that gives new life. No one goes out in the night before Spring!
Even animals knew better than to go out and welcome “Spring” while it is dark! Spring begins at dawn! Trees show the same pattern, a day begins at dawn.
It means that any “day” that begins in the night is simply out-of-sync with time (nature) itself. A “day” begins at dawn when the light begins to rise and shine. A night on the other hand is still dark. No life. When light begins to shine, that’s when “new” is. Day and darkness can never be the same. They work in tandem but one can never call night a “day”.
Lesson from Reality
- A “new day” begins at dawn, when the first light shines.
- A “New Year” begins on the first day of Spring.
- “New Year” and “new day” can not begin at 00:00 (12:00mn).
- “New Year” and “new day” can not begin at 18:00 (06:00pm).
Our forefathers all marked a “New Year” at Spring, not Winter. They also consider a “new day” at dawn. There were very few records of an ancient civilisation that started their “New Year” on a different season, and the Romans were one, if not the only, that showed such.
It is true that all roads lead to Rome, because even our incorrect reckoning of “New Year” leads to Rome!
But the rest of the world and nature itself disagrees with Rome and the modern world. The true “New Year” begins on the first daylight of Spring. If we want a fixed time, then 06:00H local time has always been the best choice even from many ancient civilisations.
This article was not meant to judge against any “New Year” and “new day” reckoning. Everyone is free use any method they prefer. This is only an information-type article about this subject of “New Year” and “new day”.
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