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Happy New Year 2022!

Hello Everyone! Happy New Year 2022!

New Year’s Day (January 1), as per the Gregorian calendar, is one of the most popular celebrations. Around the world, people commemorate this occasion with family and friends or have massive gatherings. They decorate their homes, throw parties and bake for their loved ones.

The world welcomes the New Year with much zeal and jubilation. Each person makes new resolutions and plans for the upcoming year.

History

The new year is thought to have originated in ancient Babylon some 4,000 years ago, in the year 2,000 BC. The Babylonians celebrated the new year with an 11-day celebration called Akitu, which included a different rite on each of the days, on the first new moon after the vernal equinox (typically around late March). The festival commemorated the fabled victory of the sky deity Marduk over sea goddess Tiamat, as well as the act of crowning a new monarch or permitting the previous king to rule.

Importance

New Year’s celebrations in many countries begin on December 31—New Year’s Eve—and last until the early hours of January 1. Revellers eat meals and snacks that are considered to bring them good fortune. Watching fireworks and singing songs are traditions that are practised all around the world. The start of a new year is an excellent time to make positive changes. Making New Year resolutions is more popular in the western hemisphere, although it is also practised in the eastern hemisphere. A person makes a pledge to modify an undesired habit or behaviour or set a personal goal.

Why do we celebrate New Year’s on January 1?

The early Roman calendar became out of sync with the sun over the years, and in 46 BC, Emperor Julius Caesar resolved to fix the problem by contacting the most important astronomers and mathematicians of the period. He established the Julian calendar, which is very similar to the more current Gregorian calendar used by most countries today.

Caesar made January 1 the first day of the year as part of his reforms, partially to commemorate the month’s namesake, Janus, the Roman deity of beginnings. Romans commemorated Janus’ birthday by presenting sacrifices to him, exchanging presents, decorating their homes with laurel branches, and throwing wild celebrations. Christian authorities in mediaeval Europe temporarily supplanted January 1 as the beginning day of the year with days with greater religious significance, such as December 25 (the birth anniversary of Jesus) and March 25 (the Feast of the Annunciation). In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII reestablished January 1 as New Year’s Day.

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My Favourites of 2021

Hey Everyone! As today is the last day of 2021, I thought that I should have a favourites of 2021 post. I got this idea from Moksha Di @ Happy Panda. So, I picked up 8 favourites of the year to share with you. Read on to find out what made it to my 2021 favourites list.


Favourite Book

I just love reading books, and if you have read my Percy Jackson Series Review on SRISHTI’S Travel Diary 😎 ✈️, you would have guessed that. Yes, so it’s The Percy Jackson Series!

I started reading the Percy Jackson Series in May, and it has become my favourite book series ever. The series is filled with magic, thrill, fantasy and adventure. The author of the series is Rick Riordan. Do read it if you haven’t.

Favourite Song

So, my favourite song of the year is Kandhon Se Milte Hai Kandhe from Lakshya. Both, the movie and the song, were so good! Watch the movie now if you haven’t! It’s available on Prime Video.

Favourite Show

My favourite show of the year is His Dark Materials. The series is fascinating. In the series, Lyra, a young orphan from an alternate world, stays with the scholars in a college in Oxford. During a quest to find her missing friend, she discovers a secret that involves several kidnappings. It’s available on Disney+ Hotstar.

Favourite Travel Destination

My favourite travel destination of the year is Jaipur. I have a series of posts on my Jaipur Tour on SRISHTI’S Travel Diary 😎 ✈️. You can check them out if you want.

Favourite Achievement

My favourite achievement of the year is when my project was selected in the top 100 projects in the AWS Young Builders Challenge. I felt so happy. You can check out my project here.

Favourite Post (of mine)

My post Let’s Embrace Our Failures on SRISHTI’S Travel Diary 😎✈️ has to be my favourite post. It’s so true and relatable. So, it’s really close to my heart.

Favourite Memory

When I did my first ever blog post on SRISHTI’S Travel Diary 😎✈️ – I published my first ever blog post on 8th August 2021. The feeling was just amazing. I felt so great, that I have a blog now!

Favourite Blogger

I love a lot of bloggers but these two bloggers and their blogs have my heart. Riddhi @ Whispering Stories and Devangi @ Just penning down my thoughts. Their writing is impactful and their posts always get me thinking. They are also amazing blogger friends. Go check out their blogs!


What were some of your favourites this year? Book? Music? Blogger? Travel? Memory? Let me know in the comments!


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