Happy New Year!

Thursday, 1st September 2011 at 13:11 UTC 2 comments

Its not just that the first 2/3rds of 2011 felt like a full year all by themselves, I genuinely wish we could move New Years day to September 1st. So many people’s lives restart at this point in time, it just makes sense.

I’m amazed every time someone says they’ve stopped thinking about September as the start of the year, as if some how its a right of passage to avoid the use of School Summer Holidays as your end of year marker. Obviously, in Australia, for instance, your end of year markers are one and the same – the school year commences in January as well as the calendar year.

I’m sure someone will tell me about the financial year. Sure, its like a year, but its also more about being busy than about starting afresh. So I don’t think it really counts as a social year change event.

But consider if you decide to have children – you’ll be back on School Years within 5 years. And if you work in an office with lots of people with children, or work in various parts of the public-facing services sector, you’ll get a distinct sense of gear-shift in September, whether its down (“end of season”) or up (“back to routine”). August is a popular holiday month, full stop, so things often pick up in September.

In fact, many churches half-close for the summer, with services to a minimum and young people’s groups gone completely. Anyone working around students will be thinking Fresher’s Week about now, too. Socially, this is the time of year to get moving again.

For Politics, its out of the silly season and into the long dark months of hard work and a renewed fervour for whatever you’re trying to get done in the coming season/session/parliament. its probably not a bad time to launch many kinds of business ventures, and recruitment traditionally goes up at this point in the year.

By contrast, January is just a sorry excuse of a New Year, a bad hangover from a celebration that probably felt pretty meaningless to anyone who cares to take an objective look at what the festival actually means for the world.

This then, is truly the beginning of the year. The dawn broke almost cloudless over York, and the tasks of defending our communities, building solidarity, fighting elitism and oppression in every format and seeking ‘truth’ in whatever places we’re looking for it shall begin.



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  • 1. Unna  |  Thursday, 1st September 2011 at 15:22 UTC

    And a Happy New Year to you too, Graham.

    Never really cared for the December/January New Year myself – besides “Dinner for One” being shown on DR1 on New Year’s Eve, eating kransekage, and drinking champagne. But any occasion can be used for a champagne buzz if the money’s available, really.

  • 2. marie  |  Thursday, 1st September 2011 at 20:40 UTC

    And in Judaism, it is new year in September. Makes much more sense.

    Facilitating a GAP year, I’m fully in back to school mode. Volunteers step off planes next week and I have to be ready. Bought my new years notebook, sharpened the pencils, knitted a scarf. Not quite ready but we will be. Bring on the new year!


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