A very happy new year to you all. I'm quite privileged to be celebrating the coming of spring properly for the first time. I should thank my Iranian friend Houri, for bringing it to my attention and teaching me the value of this very important time.
I always wondered what the logic was behind the new year being celebrated (in the Gregorian calendar) on the first of January, considering it's still the middle of winter and there is nothing 'new' about it. Surely the new year should be celebrated at the end of the cold, dark and dreary season for the newly coming spring marking a time of renewed life when leaves begin to bud and the earth becomes fruitful and green and abundant.
So the Mesopotamians, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, all the old religions and ancient civilisations have celebrated the end of the cold season and the coming of the new spring. It simply makes sense to celebrate a new year at the same time as them, surely.