New Year’s Concept
I became aware of the new year’s concept since my childhood at school, it was not a nice discovery though!
I still remember we had to write everyday the day, date, month and year of two calendars at the top of our copybooks. The teacher or one of the students writes it on the blackboard with a good chalk writing of course! We usually start writing the Christian calendar then the Muslim calendar, adding the word “corresponding to” in the middle.
Curious and confused I had to ask why the hell do we have to write those two calendars everyday! Why don’t we just write one? Since it’s referring to the same day/date/month/year! As far as I can remember, the answer was as simple as this: because we’re using the Gregorian calendar in the administrations or something like that and because we’re a Muslim country we also write the Hijra calendar. Well, that was enough to shut me up and never ask again.
But later I was confused again… Do we have to celebrate the Muslim Hijra new year or the Christian Gregorian new year? Since we have holidays in both occasions, it’s considered as a day of vacation… Once again, I was told that we as Muslims don’t celebrate Christian feasts. Yes, many times I have been told to forget Christmas as a religious holiday and just consider it as a social occasion or merely as a day off from school.
Hence, the teachers at school always on both occasions asked about our New Year’s resolutions and wishes? So, we had two occasions to express our resolutions and wishes during the same year, one for the Muslim new year and the other one for the Christian new year, isn’t it funny? We kind celebrated the two occasions at school where peace and harmony dominates.
Wait that’s not all, at home we had another year to celebrate… ‘Yennayer,’ the Amazigh new year, contrary to the Christian and Islamic calendar, the Amazigh feast has no religious connotations, it corresponds to what is known as the agricultural calendar.
Three celebrations for the same coming year, you might think that I was a lucky young boy living in a such tolerant country, welcoming and respecting all cultures and religions! Well, it’s too good to be true, things don’t appear to be as good as they always seem, only few perceives what has been carefully hidden. And it’s usually a great relief to find out that our situation doesn’t require a complete overhaul after all. Instead, often, we just need to listen a bit more carefully.
I’m still that confused young boy and still asking and wondering: if the first of the Islamic month of Muharram is a holiday in Morocco, and the first day of the Christian calendar is a holiday in Morocco, why the hell shouldn’t the first day of the Amazigh New Year, the 13th of January be made a national public holiday too? I am afraid that some questions have to be guessed instead of waiting to be answered.
Now whether I’ve bored you to tears, or not, with the three calendars I wish all readers of this blog a happy new year! Even you Mayans, with your silly calendar!
By the way, I don’t celebrate any new year now! Fuck them all, if you know what I mean!