There are two New Years. One is birthday. Another is January First of every year. One is personal, another is universal. Both are New Years for an individual’s life. New Year is an emotional transition from one phase of life to another. So, it is celebrated with enthusiasm.
Former film star Dev Anand was saying what to speak of New Year every day is a new day. Every sunrise is not same. Change is the summum bonum of life. Old order changes yielding place to new.
But now-a-days New Year is being celebrated thoughtlessly and as a show of pelf and power. People have no depth of mind. They have no intuition and no imagination. They are `thoughrofares’ in the words of the English Poet — W.B. Yeats. They are average and mediocre people. After all it is a world of mediocrity. And mediocrity has a vested interest in maintaining the status-quo. They are busy in cheap entertainment. They have no aesthetic sense. They have no literary bent of mind. They have no philosophy. They have no sense of intrinsic merit. So, their celebrations do not evoke any sense of imagination.
Now-a-days people are die-hard materialists. They have no sense of sweetness and light which is called culture. Man, without culture is almost equivalent to quadruped beast. Man is the highest primate. So, he should of highest qualities, which the present human being is lacking.
So accordingly, the celebration of New Year is lacking intuition and imagination. It does not appeal to our inner sense. Above all celebration is lacking sophistication which is the hall mark of civilization. Mere drinking and eating delicacies is not celebration. We should celebrate after application of mind. Even quality fireworks should be a part of our celebration; because it is said—No celebration is complete without fireworks. New Year should be new—that means innovative in all respects.
(The views expressed are the writer’s own.)
Radhakanta Seth is an Income tax officer in Sambalpur. He is a Freelance writer and his articles have been published in some Oriya dailies like Sambad, Samaj, Dharitri and English dailies like The Telegraph and in a sociological journal ‘Folklore’ published from Kolkata.