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Thursday, December 31st, 2009 | Author:

Cheers, we are entering in the last year of the 21st century, after today. I wish you a happy new century. A phone call from my residence made me think a little about this celebration. For your information (people who do not know) there is a lunar eclipse on the 31st December 2009. The earth will cast its shadow on the moon tonight prime–time (9:30 to 1 AM). Most of the Delhi clubs, restaurants and discotheques will be full and hic, spirits will be high.

But a word of caution comes from my mother, “son, during a lunar eclipse people should not eat anything.” I said, “What do I do now?” She says, “try and have your dinner before 9:30 and celebrate (if you want tomorrow).” There is no sound on the other side of the phone, Ma hung up. Our astronomers today can predict when such an event will occur, I read it’s 2018. This magnificent clockwork of the heavenly bodies have displayed signs of grandiose time to time, at the same time encouraged conservatism and superstitions throughout the globe.

Let me tell you some popular beliefs associated with lunar eclipses. Apart from the most common belief which is terrible that protracts that an eclipse of the sun or moon is associated with destruction and the end of the world. The world would have destroyed a million times by now, if that belief was true. There are some more….

  • Pregnant woman should be careful and not touch her belly.
  • Ancient Chinese call the eclipse as lunar yueshi (lunæ devoratio) and ascribe that to the plotting of a dragon. The Chinese believed that the dragon was eating the Moon. To scare away the dragon they will shoot cannons.
  • The people of India still hide inside during the eclipses, because they believe the moon allows bad rays to hit earth.
  • People in India break and bang pots and lot of other noises to keep evil forces at bay. The evil forces are taking away the moon, they believe.
  • Some noises are still being made by various instruments in Persia and some parts of China.
  • Some Americans believe that the sun and the moon are tired.
  • The Indian credence is that a snake eats the sun and moon when they’re eclipsed.
  • Eskimos will turn their utensils over to avoid them being contaminated.
  • Some Hindus believes that a demon devours these heavenly bodies.
  • Babylonians somehow believed that the Moon being hidden was a bad omen and some place in the world is doomed for sure.
  • One of the extracts of bible says that when a moon turns red Apocalypse or catastrophe will come. (Genesis 1:14-19 DAY 4)

Cant say about mama, but I look forward to see this once-in-a-blue-moon event tonight. Join me if you want to be a part this awe-inspiring and wonderful heavenly enigma which we are about to witness. Happy new year, friends, see you next year.

Thursday, January 01st, 2009 | Author:

Interestingly, the first post of the ‘New’ Year is a sequel of one that was published in 2008 (Party Time). That post talked about festivity and how we have institutionalized it. Last night, people appeared all set to bring in the ‘New’ Year. This morning (rather afternoon), they woke up with a gift of 365 more days in their hands.

Relativity is something that is universally applicable. Thus, when we say ‘new,’ we are actually perceiving things in relation to the ‘old’ ones. Is that right?  So, what exactly were we celebrating on the 31st? ‘Party Time’ searched for reasons behind such celebrations. And, the comments had some really good answers. Now, I have one too .

Festivity is, definitely, not purposeless. All of us want to rejoice. However, we should have something to rejoice about. For the last moments of a year to be a gala, it is important that the period preceding them has been invested with sufficient energy. If we enrich each moment of a year with memories which we can cherish, every day becomes an occassion. The present of life becomes a New Year’s eve – when we have an opportunity to celebrate both the past and the future.

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