By Chinelo Eze January 09, 2022 | 3:30 p.m. January is a month that starts off on a good note for most people. In Roman mythology, January is named after the Roman god Janus. That’s because Janus is a two-faced god who looks to the past and the present, hence his duality and identity as the boss of January. As we wrap up the roll… January is a month that starts off on a good note for most people. In Roman mythology, January is named after the Roman god Janus. That’s because Janus is a two-faced god who looks to the past and the present, hence his duality and identity as the boss of January. As we complete the roller coaster of 2021, therefore, we become like the ancient Roman god who looks at both the past and the present, waiting for another new year in hope; be receptive to the new year with gratitude and yearning. And this is how the resolutions of # Newyear2022 emerge. Why do we even have to make New Year’s resolutions? The list is extensive, starting with the most obvious: because we are alive. Another is that it’s a way of projecting our attention and focus for the year. As you reflect on the New Year and what it brings, it is up to us to take the necessary steps to achieve these goals that will come true. This is how the new year is ushered in; A year to start over NEW YEAR’S TRADITION. Traditional Latin American and Spanish New Years Eve. Fun ritual of eating twelve 12 grapes to bring good luck at midnight. Flat lay, top view. Christmas New Year Composition According to science, follow steps that mean something to you, understanding why you would want to work towards your goal throughout the year. Hey, remember you are human, so when you encounter setbacks, rather than criticizing yourself for stagnating and not living up to expectations, heal your injury like you would any other. Such an approach will inspire you to develop self-control towards your goals. When you feel like throwing in the towel, look back on your visions; the process is difficult but the payoffs are wonderful. These visions must be specific and achievable. Today We Have Dinner While many sit down with pen and paper in hand to list and strategize on the New Year’s roll, others take a different approach to ushering in the year. Different cultures and countries perform rituals while some feast. Celebrating the New Year with a feast is a pretty universal affair, but there are special meals that are making their appearance considerably. For some, long noodles represent long life, and some use polka dots to represent coins, still others, pigs to represent luck. In the American South, “Hoppin John” is a flavorful meal that is made around this time. Pork-flavored field peas or black-eyed peas mean more than a snack. Field peas or black-eyed peas represent coins, while greens served with rice are the expected silver in the year. Again, the cornbread is the color of gold. This dish has its roots in African and Caribbean traditions that were undoubtedly brought by slaves to North America. In Spain, the cultivation practices of the “twelve grapes” are used to usher in the new year. During this celebration, people gather in front of the square clock tower. While they were in the square at midnight, attend those of their coaches who watch this important event unfold. This ritual began in the 20th century and may have been invented by grape growers in the south of the country. The tradition has since grown larger than life, spreading to many Spanish speaking countries. Sparkling fireworks explode over the Eiffel Tower and the Seine as part of the annual National Day celebrations in Paris, July 14, 2021. (Photo by Bertrand GUAY / AFP) In most places, fireworks are the highlight of the show used effectively and especially on New Years Eve when we see multiple hopes light up in the air. In Chinese culture, the New Year is celebrated on the first new moon in the lunar calendar, which is February 1. The fireworks used in this celebration are believed to ward off evil and are not just used for a big show or New Year enthusiasm. In all of this, the “conviviality tray” which contains sweets is made available to visitors as it serves as a symbol of wealth, health and happiness. Although the Gregorian calendar dictates that a large percentage of the world celebrates January 1 as the first day of the year, the New Year is celebrated according to the conventions, cultures and religions put in place. As such, other cultures are guided by other types of cultural and religious calendars like the lunar calendar. All in all, in this #New Year, don’t forget to make some new memories on the blank page this New Year offers.