March 21, 2009

Happy new year!

There've been words bouncing around in my head for the past few weeks trying to become a couple of blog posts, but so far they're not coalescing into anything coherent. So, in the meantime, you get some spring fever babblings...

I was reminded today that the first day of spring signals the new year in the Persian world. I haven't researched why the middle of winter was chosen to begin the calendar year pretty much everywhere else, but the Zoroastrian idea makes so much more sense symbolically. Spring is when everything comes back to life and begins, for crying out loud. Winter has its moments of snowy prettiness but, really, the Greeks nailed it when they designated it the season of death. Why would anyone choose to begin a new year when everything around is in stasis?

The sticky little leaves are forming here in the mid-Atlantic region and elsewhere, and will soon open to their new beginnings. If you've got 'em where you are, go, get out there and appreciate them.

6 comments:

human being said...

Happy New Year, my dearest KaliDurga...

surely this celebratioin belongs to all and how beautifully you reason...
yes... new year is the time of new beginnings... like spring...

your words here and on my blog made this new year something deeper and more precious than any year to me... when borders fade and loving hearts and beautiful minds rule your world...

Nowruz-at pirooz! (May your new day (year) be a success!
hugs

The Crow said...

I was only yesterday admiring how fuzzy the maple in the front yard looks with its pom-pom blossoms all along its twigs and branches. After breakfast this morning, I will heed your advice to get out and enjoy the wonders of this world!

birds fly said...

Coherence be damned...more postings, please! :)

Hopper said...

I also wonder what it means that a culture would base it's origin of sense of time from the coldest, darkest (especially if you live far north), time of year. Personally I like to celebrate solstice and equinox. Couple years back I was in the Rockie Mountains. That was the best in recent years. LINK

Hopper said...

oh... and hello to the three birds in passing... if you say your three names together:

human being
the crow
birds fly

it sounds like the beating of wings...

KaliDurga said...

Thank you all for the comments, I hope you're each enjoying the beginning of spring where you are!