Happy New Year!

New Year greeting

September 12 is the Ethiopian New Year. In both the Gregorian calendar, currently used in the United States, and the Julian calendar, which was used until 1752 in the British colonies, the last day of the year is December 31. In Europe, the mid-winter period was traditionally associated with feasting and parties. In the early years of the American colonies and within the United States, this type of celebration was often frowned upon, particularly by religious communities.  Around the start of the 1900s, New Year’s Eve celebrations in America started to appear. Now, New Year’s Eve is a major social holiday for many people in the United States. Many people hold parties at home or attend special celebrations to celebrate the upcoming New Year. In many cities, large scale public events are held.

A particularly striking aspect of the New Year’s Eve festivities is the ball drop in Times Square in Manhattan, New York City. The ball is made of crystal and electric lights and is placed on top of a pole, which is 77 feet, or 23 meters, high. At one minute before midnight on December 31, the ball is lowered slowly down the pole. It comes to rest at the bottom of the pole at exactly midnight. The event is shown on television across the United States and around the world. The event has been held every year since 1907, except during World War II.

Across the United States a range of cities and towns hold their own versions of the ball drop. A variety of objects are lowered or raised during the last minute of the year. The objects are usually linked to an aspect of local history or industry. Examples of objects ‘dropped’ or raised in this way include a giant replica of a peach (Atlanta, Georgia), an acorn made of brass and weighing 900 pounds (Raleigh North Carolina) and ping pong balls (Strasburg, Pennsylvania). Tell us your New Year traditions.

መልካም አዲስ ዓመት!

መስከረም 1 ቀን የኢትዮጵያ አዲስ ዓመት ይገባል፡፡ በአሁኑ ሰዓት በአሜሪካ የምንጠቀምበት የጎርጎርሳውያን የቀን አቆጣጠርም ሆነ፣እስከ 1746 ዓ.ም. በእንግሊዝ ቅኝ ግዛቶች አገልግሎት ላይ ሲውል የነበረው የጁሊያን የቀን አቆጣጠር ቀመር፤ ዲሴምበር 31 የዓመቱ የመጨረሻው ቀን ነው፡፡ በአውሮፓ በበጋ ወራት አጋማሽ ገደማ የፌሽታና ድግስ በተለምዶ ይዘወተር ነበር፡፡ ይሁንና በአሜሪካ በነበሩ የእንግሊዝ ግዛቶችም፣ በአሁኗ አሜሪካም ይህ ልማድ ብዙም በእምነት ማህበረሰቦች የሚዘወተር አይደለም፡፡ እ.ኤ.አ. በ1900ዎቹ በአሜሪካ የአዲስ ዓመት ዋዜማ በዓሉ በተለያዩ መንገዶች መከበር ጀመረ፡፡ እናም በአሁኑ ጊዜ በአሜሪካ የአዲስ ዓመት ዋዜማ ለብዙዎች ማህበራዊ ገፅታ ያለው ክብረ በዓል ነው፡፡ ብዙዎች በየቤታቸው ግብዣ ያዘጋጃሉ፤ወደተለያዩ ሥፍራዎች አዲሱን ዓመት ለመቀበል ወደሚዘጋጁ ዝግጅቶች ይተማሉ፡፡ በበርካታ ከተሞች ብዙ ሕዝብ የሚሳተፉባቸው ዝግጅቶች ይኖራሉ፡፡

ከሁሉም አግራሞትን የሚያጭረው ግን በኒው ዮርክ ከተማ በማንሃታን አካባቢ በሚገኘው ታይምስ አደባባይ የሚሄደው የብርሌ (ማዕድን) ኳስ ትዕይንት ነው፡፡ ኳሱ ከብርሌ ማዕድንና ከኤሌክትሪክ መብራት የተሠራ ሲሆን፤ 77 ጫማ  ወይም 23 ሜትር ርዝማኔ ባለው ዘንግ ጫፍ ላይ ይሰቀላል፡፡ ዲሴምበር 31 እኩለ ሌሊት ከመሆኑ አንድ ደቂቃ ቀደም ብሎ ኳሱ ቀስ በቀስ ዝቅ እያለ ይወርዳል፡፡ ልክ እኩለ ሌሊት ሲሆን ኳሱ ሙሉ በሙሉ ወደ መሬት ይወርዳል፡፡ ይህ ትዕይንት በመላው አሜሪካና በዓለም ዙሪያ በቀጥታ በቴሌቪዥን በቀጥታ ይሰራጫል፡፡ ድርጊቱ እ.ኤ.አ. ከ1907 በሁለተኛው የዓለም ጦርነት ወቅት በስተቀር በየዓመቱ ሲከናወን ኖሯል፡፡

በመላው አሜሪካ ያሉ ከተሞች የራሳቸው የሆነ የዚህ ዓይነቱ የኳስ ትዕይንት አላቸው፡፡ ከኳስም ውጭ በተለያዩ ሥፍራዎች የተለያዩ ነገሮች በዓመቱ የመጨረሻው ደቂቃ በዚህ መልኩ ዘንግ ላይ ተሰቅለው እንዲወርዱ ይደረጋሉ፡፡ በኳሱ ፋንታ የሚሰቀሉ ነገሮች ከየአካባቢው ታሪክና ምርት ሁኔታ ጋር የተያያዙ ናቸው፡፡ ለምሳሌ በአትላንታ፣ጆርጅያ የኮክ ፍሬ፤በራሌይ ሰሜን ካሮላይና ከነሐስ የተሠራ የኧኮርን ፍሮ፤እንዲሁም በስትራስበርግ ፔንስልቬኒያ የቴኒስ ኳሶች ለተመሳሳይ ትዕይንት አገልግሎት ላይ ይውላሉ፡፡ እርስዎስ አዲስ ዓመትን እንዴት ያከበራሉ?

5 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. I really like and appreciate frequent engagement of American ambassador to Ethiopia, Hon. Patricia and her staff to Ethiopian general public and communities including traveling to small towns and cities.

    Such engagement will bring both countries closer and will have public trust to each other. Hon Patricia traveled to Arba Minch city in Southern Ethiopia several times already that no other serving ambassador has ever done, I could be wrong but I have never heard of. Keep up your good job in Ethiopia as always.

    May God’s wisdom and guidance be with you all, for your everyday responsibilities.

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  2. *ba malikam hunita akabralo !!my mobile 0916355819;-asefa abire p.o.box 303 hossana Ethiopia.*:
    -ba eriqat timirt degree emaralo 2008ec
    -asfalag sira esaralo…….e.c.

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