What was that terrifying din the other night? I was scared out of my wits.
There I was, half asleep, curled up nice and tightly in my box with Sir Winston purring away perched on top of daddy when suddenly, this almighty horrific racquet burst through the tranquility of our late evening.
Things you call “bells” were ringing loudly, the sky was unnaturally illuminated with fantastic colours and the smell I smelt afterwards was atrocious.
The worst thing about it all was the painful sounds which continually disturbed the peace. The two of us didn´t know where to run so we both dived under daddy´s bed and as scared as hell, decided to wait it out.
What a night. Daddy tried to comfort the both of us but we weren´t having any of it. The whole situation was quite horrible and fur-raising.
What was going off? It´s happened before but a very long time ago.
I can imagine you suffered a most terrifying ordeal. I´m afraid there is nothing I can do about the situation. People love their fireworks.
It only happens once a year so I´m afraid you´ll both just have to grin and bear it.
If you´re afraid, what are we supposed to do?
Humans all over the world love to celebrate the beginning of a new year.
And what about the animals who do not have it as comfy as Mr Midnight and myself? They´re out all night and haven´t got the foggiest idea what is happening. They must be absolutely out of their minds with fear.
I don´t think humans are particularly bothered about other animals Sir Winston. If humans believe that they are the highest species on the evolutionary ladder then then will disrespectfully, carry on with their goings off. Just like daddy said, we´ll just have to grin and bear it.
Cheshire Cat must have had to endure quite a lot of disrespectful human behaviour because he was grinning all the time.
We humans do not mean to cause any harm and I´m sure that the majority would curb their partying if they knew the pressures and fears most animals had to suffer because of human frivolity.
Well I´m all up for pawtying and laughs but does it have to be so seemingly decadent?
We´re not aware of our actions – we just want to have a good time.
What is this “New Year” thingamajig anyway?
All cultures and religions have differing dates for the start of their new year. The “modern world” aknowledges the start of the New Year on the 1st January. Basically, New Years eve is a time for family and friends to celebrate the start of the coming New Year and with which to reflect on the passing of the old year. It is a very old tradition and celebrated all over the world.
I don´t like eating dates – they make me go to the loo.
So humans all over the world celebrate their New Year on this one night at the end of december?
No Mr Midnight. We celebrate on the 31st December because our New Year commences on the 1st January.
Jews celebrate their New Year (Rosh Hashannah) between mid September and early October.
Islamic parts of the world have based their calendar on the Lunar Calendar (354 days) beginning in the year 622 AD in the honour of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
In India, each State and branch of Hinduism has its own date (usually between March or mid April)
The Chinese New Year (Lunisolar) is between the 21st January and the 19th February.
Over the years, there have been a few changes to the calendar system in Europe. Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian Calendar in 1582 with England changing it´s calendar from the Julian to the Gregorian in 1752. Up until the 20th Century, the Eastern Orthodox Church still used the Julian Calendar. In fact, there are many types of calendars used all over the world today.
You humans certainly love your calendars and mathematics.
For us cats and other animals, time doesn´t matter. We live in the moment. We do not need a calendar.
And it looks like you humans don´t really know the true beginning of your calendars anyway. From what you´ve said above, nobody seems to have a clue as to when a New Year commences. You all use your seperate beliefs. Still, if it makes you happy. 🙂
If you must use a calendar, wouldn´t it be logical to start a New Year on your 22nd of December?
And why should we?
Because it would make a little more sense. You have calculated that European inhabitants live in the Northern hemisphere and your winter solstice occurs on the 21st of December. The winter solstice (beginning of winter) has the longest night and therefore, everyday that proceeds makes the night a little shorter.
It would therefore be logical to start a New Year when the days start to get longer.
In ancient times, the winter solstice had deep, cultural significance and was one of the biggest festive events of the year.
Nowadays, the solstice seems to pass us by.
That´s probably because you Christian humans have got that Jesus guys birthday on your minds.
I suppose it doesn´t really matter in what year we all live. The main thing is that people are nice to one another and that they attempt to live their lives in the moment.
That´s right Sir Winston. So next time you all wish to play about with your fireworks and make a terrific din, we´ll try to ignore your strange pawtying antics and chill out as best we can. We cats are usually, quite cool anyway. 🙂
Have a great New Year, whenever that may be !!
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