Looking back at New Year celebrations


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From the time since I can remember, New Years meant only one thing to me, the fact that Christmas Vacations at school were almost over and that I would have to go back to school, and more importantly I was close enough to my birthday that I would already start feeling a year older.

Now, while I was younger, and I mean till the time I was around 10 yrs old, I used to look forward to my birthdays quite a bit as they meant that one day of the year when I could do almost anything and get away with it without fear of any retribution. And the added bonus was that my parents would almost surely buy me a gift which I would figure out the best way to put to use to any which way. All these years I used to look forward to New Years’ eve as they got me that much more closer to gifts.

NewYearCartoon1The next ten years, from when I was 11 till I was 20 were also fun years, when it came to New Years’ eves and my birthdays. These were years when the gifts became less important when compared to the company of friends, family, cousins, etc on New Years’ eve. And given that none of these folks smoked or drank meant that we had quite fun times on these days, sitting around, playing indoor games, catching some idiotic programs on TV, generally having a good time. And the fact that we were all teenagers meant that we didn’t have any care in the world, and that no topic under the sun was taboo. We were bold, fearless, ready to take on the world and weren’t afraid of anything.

20 was the age when I started working, and this marked a significant change in my personality. From this point onwards, most holidays started being treated as stress-busters from a hectic work schedule. Weekends, New Years eves, all these just became an excuse to take some time off from work, grab a beer and vent our frustrations out. Given that I had quite a few friends at the workplace, most of these sessions would invariably involve bitching about the supervisors, catching up on the latest workplace gossip and rumors, and looking back now involved quite a bit of ‘bad blood’ about colleagues who we didn’t particularly like. The older me today looks back at those days and cringes with shame at the total waste of time, energy, creativity and effort in such meaningless weekends and conversations. But then I guess these were also part of the journey called ‘growing up’ which all of us have to inevitably undertake in our lives at some point of time.NewYearCartoon2

I got married when I was 27 and this yet again marked a huge change in my personality. This made me more responsible as a person and directly affected the way New Years’ eve was celebrated as well. The last few years have all been at home, silently heralding in the New Year with family (and at times friends as well). These are more modest, sedate, silent affairs where it is just a bunch of friends sitting around, having dinner, having good conversations, musing about the year(s) gone by and sharing our hopes and fears about the year(s) to come. I guess as good wine and whiskey mature over the years, my personality too has undergone similar changes as time passed by.

While I am not a big fan of retrospectives where I try and analyze all that I have learnt in the year gone by, I always ensure that the lessons I have learnt stay with me. While I do appreciate the fact that most of us use the New Year more as a new beginning, I personally would rather use each and every day of my life as a new beginning where I put the lessons I have learnt to good use. And 2014 is going to be no different.

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This post has been written for the Write Tribe Wednesday promptNew Year.

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38 thoughts on “Looking back at New Year celebrations

  1. Nice post, just to add my two pence worth, I have not celebrated a New year in five years, before then I would always see it as this very important night, a night that must include far too many spirits and a need inside to make sure that whatever happens, I must have a good time! One year I looked around and noticed everyone had this crazy look in their eye, they too were so wrapped up in having a good time that they never really did, the bars are overloaded so you spend half your night waiting to be served… when the countdown begins it always felt like faking an orgasm to me, Yeahhhhhhhh, Happy New Year!!!!……(2min later) OK shall we go get get another drink ? Yes I will go and Queue. This year I enjoyed a drink with a friend and my family, we quietly stopped chatting for a few moments when the bells went,issued those banal words and then got back to our original conversation. New years eve, Biggest anti climax there is! HAPPY NEW YEAR 😦

    • @betterthanimdb, so true, like I mentioned in my post as the years have gone by January 1st has just become another date in the year for me, nothing really extraordinary or special about it anymore 🙂

  2. That’s a nice round up what you did during the different phases of life for New Years. I think as long as you can have some fun with friends and begin a day with positivity there’s no harm in celebrating new year’s eve. I do…I make resolutions….I make efforts to reach out to people I love (and who love me) Its not just about a single day but what it symbolizes. So …here’s a toast to new beginnings 🙂

  3. I love that you use each day as a new beginning. Quite right as it is!! I loved reading about the different phases of your life and how you have changed. Rather interesting and a lovely view into the real you! Happy Birthday! ♥♥♥

  4. When is your birthday…. Interesting journey of your new years…your ‘growing up’ years…each day is a new beginning… Lovely thoughts Jairam!

    • @Aditi, I d rather not disclose my birthday on the blog for obvious reasons, I don’t want to be flooded with a deluge of good wishes on that day, it is just too embarassing 🙂

      Glad that you liked the post though 🙂

  5. The celebrations change with changing phases of life and each phase has got its own charm and nostalgia. I liked the way you effortlessly navigated from one phase to another.

  6. We’ve always had relatively quiet celebrations at home. I’m not much of a pub-hopping person. 😀
    Wishing you a wonderful 2014 🙂

  7. I used to have a blast on New Years Eve during hostel days. Lately it has been quieter. Spending in contemplation with fellow thinkers in the presence of the higher power 😉

  8. Ha! I went to a party in the building this year, got super bored came back after dinner ,and went back to usher in the new year. Yaa I am sad that ways 🙂 But my favorite way to welcome the new year will be to cuddle in a blanket, read a book and eat some chips as it strikes 12 🙂

    • @R’s Mom, that truly is one way that I would also like to usher in the New Year as well 🙂 And trust me, there is nothing fun about ushering in the New Year dancing in a room full of people who you don’t even know and music you don’t even like 🙂

  9. Looks like we have had similar experiences as to New Year’s Eve. My Birthday is a month before new year being the only difference. And of course the beer and colleagues part. 🙂 Happy New year Jairam. Yes, each new day is a new start. 🙂

  10. Liked the way you reflected the changes in you over the years!! We all change with time and it is interesting to note the changes! We now usually have get-together at home with a few close friends with fun and food, smiles and laughter, on New Year Eve! 🙂

  11. It’s like reading my New Year celebrations over the years. Nice to notice the similarities in how the celebrations change with age. It’s always nice to remember the fond memories and take the learning experiences with us for our future. Happy New Year 🙂

  12. Bravo Jairam. Each day is a new day. So forget the year eh 🙂 A very to the point post and liked it immensely. I Still celebrate everything though. Just because I like having something to look forward to. Not that I don’t look forward to the next day 🙂 But meeting close friends and family is special too!

  13. Liked the way you traced your journey over the years. Celebration does mean different things at different ages, right? For me there is something about New Year that is special. I love the whole deal.. The celebration, the phone calls and even the resolutions.

  14. I guess each person has his/her own preferred way of celebrating (or not celebrating!) the New Year and other occasions. You now think that the activities that you enjoyed at 21 were silly and a waste of time. It’s all a matter of opinion.

    So long as you don’t disturb me, I have no right to pass judgement about you. Let’s all live and let live!

    • @Proactive Indian, yes, as we grow older, some of the things we did when we were younger seem stupid, but then that is being judgemental, like you say 😀

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