Throughout history many have been skeptical of other culture’s celebrations and festive events for whatever reason. This article is about January Celebration of Life Month and some resources so that we all can learn about each other’s traditions. January has a lot of celebrations beginning with the first day of each new year some of which are similar while others are very different. This article gives readers a glimpse of how other’s celebrate life in the month of January. Many in the United States celebrate New Year’s Eve by shooting off fire crackers, banging on pots and pans, wearing hats and tossing confetti as they sip “bubbly refreshments, dining and dancing, midnight bowling, or welcoming the New Year in at midnight as they are watching the ball, guitar, or other “symbol” fall during a count down to the strike of midnight.
As we come together to learn about January Celebration of Life month it seems appropriate to acknowledge a few other traditional celebrations . This article includes information about Chinese New Year’s Day, Jewish New Year of the Trees,, Scottish Burn Night for your enjoyable new resources.
1). Chinese New Yearis listed on the free encyclopedia from Wikipedia: “The Chinese calendar is lunisolar so it is based on the cycles of both the sun and the moon. The New Year is celebrated between January 21 and February 20. Chinese calendarThe year 2010 (to early 2011) in the Chinese calendar is the Year of the Tiger.” Additionally, “The Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco website gives outstanding information about their major community-based, non-profit organization established in 1965 to foster the understanding and appreciation of Chinese and Chinese American art, history, and culture in the United States. preserve, promote, and influence the course of Chinese and Chinese American ”Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco750 Kearny Street, Third Floor San Francisco, CA 94108-1809Phone: 415.986.1822 Fax: 415.986.2825Web: http://c-c-c.org Email: info [at] c-c-c.org
2). Jewish New Year of the TreesTu B’Shevat, refreshing educational resource on Chadbad.org states that ,” The New Year for Trees asTu B’Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar, is the day that marks the beginning of a “New Year for Trees.”January 20, 2011.” This is a very delightful site for all to learn more about this wonderful celebration.
3). Scottish Burns Night is a celebration of poet Robert Burns who happens to be one of my all time favorite writers. BBC Robert Burns website has amazing pictures, poems, songs, and discussions of him. Robert Burns was born Jan. 25th, 1759 near Ayr, Scotland.
Here is my favorite life celebration poem by Mr. Robert Burns
Some have meat and can not eat,
Some can not eat that want it,
But we have meat and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit
May this January Celebration of Life Month bring everyone joy and pride of their favorite celebrations throughout infinity