Today is New Year’s Eve in the Christian church calendar, because tomorrow is the first day of Advent—the first day of the church’s year.
How many New Year days do you honour? There’s January 1st, the first day of our Gregorian calendar year. There’s September, which is for many of us the beginning of the school year, though the first day varies across provinces and states.
There’s Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the Jewish New Year. This year it began on September 13; next year it begins on October 2. There’s Chinese New Year (February 19, 2015 and February 8, 2016). There’s the Islamic New Year (October 14, 2015 and October 3, 2016). And there are many more, as many as there are religions and rituals and customs.
Because tomorrow is the New Year in the Christian church and I am—among other things—Christian, I have a big announcement tomorrow. Stay tuned.