Surprise! This isn’t about India. I forgot I’d promised to post this little rhyme I wrote for Crooked Cat’s Christmas extravaganza (see below).
Three Years a Year
I pity the people with only one year,
Who end it all merry, never shedding a tear.
They have to say so many things in one go,
To one year goodbye, to another hello.
They try to reflect on the year that has passed,
While also looking forward to the one that is fast
Approaching… nearly… almost… it’s here!
Resolutions transferred from yesteryear.
In Israel, you see, we celebrate three
And each, in its character, is solitary.
Different, special and unique,
They make us happy, thankful and… meek?
Rosh Hashana is one of those.
With all its rules, it keeps us on our toes,
Requesting forgiveness for our sins.
That’s “our” for humanity; not just kins.
Then we join with the world and celebrate, too,
Although some disagree and think it’s taboo.
Sylvester, it’s called, I used to know why.
It matters not when I’m feeling high.
What, you may ask, is number three?
It’s the one that marks the year of the tree.
Goes under the name of Tu B’Shvat.
We plant more trees, sing songs. That’s that?
Well no, we give presents of nuts and fruit,
And we eat same with much relish to boot.
So whatever New Year is appropriate for you,
I hope it is happy and fulfilling, too!
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8 replies on “Three Years a Year”
Oh, three New Years – and each with significance. How wonderful. (I was in Hue, in Vietnam, for the Chinese New Year – and it coincided with my 60th birthday. So there was a little bit of me that pretended all those dragons and fireworks were just for me!!)
Didn’t you notice the sign that said: Happy Birthday, Jo!
The Christian year begins before Christmas in Advent. Then we have New Year and the academic year begins in the autumn. Sue
I stand corrected.
I wasn’t trying to put you right, just pointing out a similarity. 🙂
Lovely. I hadn’t thought about it as three new years but, yes, you’re right 🙂
Thanks, Ros 🙂