Happy New year - Party Time folks

sankadevi30 IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 30 December 2008 at 8:59am | IP Logged

It's the end of the year'and the time has come to bid farewell to 2008!  But before we do that' let us take a moment to decipher the things that have happened over the last 12 months here on IF Tamil SectionBig smile

The year 2008 is memorable in many ways:
Many new members have landed on IF and have become a part of our IF family!   Tongue
The emergence of wonderful new updaters in our teamBig smile
The formation of a number of new sections, such as Kalasam, Sivasakthi, Senthura poove, Thirumathi selvam, and many moreLOL
New addition to the IF Develop team with Kadhambari, Jasunap, Netra and Nallu becoming wonderful viewbiesClap
We had our first IF marriage, when our dearest member Fluidd (aka Uma akka) got married in March' 08Embarrassed
We got our 2nd IF baby, when Netra sis gave birth to a baby boyEmbarrassed and to last not not least....some of our members finally could meet each other in person when we had the first ever IF meeting in MalaysiaWink

Amidst these happy moments...  sadness struck us with the demise of our beloved member Vinutha, who went far away from us and this world.Ouch  Yet, she will always remain in our hearts forever and will guide us like the heavenly angels' Smile is the time to welcome 2009....Wink

           New Year's Reflections
                 Looking back on the months gone by,
                        As a new year starts and an old one ends,
                 We contemplate what brought us joy,
                                   And we think of our loved ones and our friends.
      Recalling all the happy times,
                              Remembering how they enriched our lives
                   We reflect upon who really counts,
                                 As the fresh and bright new year arrives.
                             And when I/we ponder those who do,
                 I/we immediately think of you.
                                 Thanks for being one of the reasons I'll/We'll have a Happy New Year!
                           By Joanna Fuchs




The Gift of a New Year
Here's to the year
that's almost past its expiration date'2008.
We all had some surprises, didn't we?
Some good, some distressing.
Let's use everything we got from our experiences,
everything we learned,
to enrich the new year.

Here's to the new year, 2009,
a gift we haven't opened yet.
May its bright, shiny package
contain even more than we hope for.

And even while we're delighting in new treasures,
let's appreciate fully what we already have'
the blessings we take for granted.
Make a list, and check it twice.

And here's to all you wonderful people
(wave glass around to encompass the whole group)
who are putting up with my toast;
I hope in the new year
you see yourselves the way I see you:
intelligent, interesting, and likable

(Raise glass) To 2009:
May it give a whole new meaning
to the phrase, "the good life."
By Joanna Fuchs



So friends, whats your New Year plans? How are you gonna celebrate it and finally...whats your New Year's Resolutions?Wink

IF Develop Team

Edited by meli - 30 December 2008 at 4:45pm

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netra_rama IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 30 December 2008 at 12:16pm | IP Logged

New Year


New Year

Hug Dear friends  Hug

i wish upon the star
so ur year will be
a spring filled with joy
a summer filled with peace
an autumn filled with love
a winter filled with warmth

hope its a dream come true year for uEmbarrassed

happy new year to all my lovely buddies in IF
Thanks for being wonderful friends
luv yaar Embarrassed

thanks to atinama for this wonderful world
ive gain lots of frens, sisters, mentors Wink
yes, indeed the IF malaysia meet was a grand one,
the most sweetest memory next to my marriage and my kidsEmbarrassed
thanks meli .. kaesh 2nd baby of IF LOLLOL
IF has thought me lots of things, and the most important one is
 patience (updating kolangal & magalAngry),LOLLOL

Edited by netra_rama - 30 December 2008 at 6:20pm
smlaksh IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 30 December 2008 at 12:27pm | IP Logged
Wishing all the members a very Happy , Prosperous , Wonderful & Colorful New Year !!
Caryn IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 30 December 2008 at 4:25pm | IP Logged
Thanks Nallu for starting this thread and thank you for the memories down the lane. Yes, we had good year for the year 2008 and hopefully we have a better year for 2009 Thumbs Up
Caryn IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 30 December 2008 at 4:25pm | IP Logged

This is some of New Year celebration around the world (thanks to HolidaySpot.

Baby New Year Tradition
The tradition of using a baby to signify the New Year was started around 600 B.C by the ancient Greeks, who, at the start of a year would carry a baby around in a basket. The purpose of it was to honor Dionysus, the God of Fertility and symbolize his annual rebirth.

2) Hogmanay
The New Year in Scotland is called Hogmanay. The people in Scotland follow a ritual that appears nutty but actually has a great significance. One can find barrels of tar set afire and gradually rolled down the streets in the villages of Scotland. This ritual symbolizes that the old year is burned up and New Year is going to begin.

3) Burning "Mr. Old Year"
In Columbia, Cuba and Puerto Rico families stuff a life-size male doll with things and then they dress it up in old clothes from each family member. At the stroke of midnight, this 'Mr. Old Year' is set on fire. This is done with the simple belief that a doll thus stuffed have bad memories or sadness associated with them, and that the burning of these will help one to do away with all past grief's and usher in happiness in life with the coming year.

4) Eating Noodles
Late on the evening of December 3 1, people of Japan would eat a bowl of buckwheat noodles called "toshikoshisoba" ("year-crossing noodles") and listen for the sound of the Buddhist temple bells, which were rung 108 times at midnight. The sound of these bells is said to purify the listeners of the 108 sins or evil passions that plague every human being.

5) Eating 12 Grapes
In Spain people eat 12 grapes as the clock strikes midnight (one each time the clock chimes) on New Year's Eve. This peculiar ritual originated in the twentieth century when freak weather conditions resulted in an unseasonable bumper harvest of grapes. Not able to decide what to do about so many grapes at Christmas time, the King of Spain and the grape growers came up with the idea of the New Year ritual.

6) Gifts in Shoes
In Greece children leave their shoes by the fireside on New Year's Day (also the Festival of Saint Basil in Greece) with the hope that Saint Basil, who was famous for his kindness, will come and fill their shoes with gifts.

7) Carrying a Suitcase
In Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia, and Mexico, those with hopes of traveling in the New Year carry a suitcase around the house at midnight. Some even carry it around the block to ensure traveling at greater distances.

8) Burning Crackers
The people in China believe that there are evil spirits that roam the earth. So on New Year they burn crackers to scare the evil spirits. The doors and windows of every home in china can be seen sealed with paper. This is to keep the evil demons out.

9) Times Square Celebrations
The first Ball Lowering celebration atop One Times Square was held on December 31, 1907 and is now a worldwide symbol of the turn of the New Year, seen via satellite by more than one billion people each year. The original New Year's Eve Ball weighed 700 pounds and was 5 feet in diameter. It was made of iron and wood and was decorated with 100 25-watt light bulbs.

10) Foods
It was thought that one could affect the luck they would have throughout the coming year by what they did or ate on the first day of the year. It is still held in some regions that special New Year foods are the harbingers of luck. For that reason, the Dutch believe that eating donuts on New Year's Day will bring good fortune. The hog, and its meat, is considered lucky because it symbolizes prosperity. Cabbage is another "good luck" vegetable that is consumed on New Year's Day by many. Cabbage leaves are also considered a sign of prosperity, being representative of paper currency. In some regions, rice is a lucky food that is eaten on New Year's Day. The ancient Persians gave New Year's gifts of eggs, which symbolized productiveness.

11) Black-eyed peas
Many parts of the U.S. celebrate the new year by consuming black-eyed peas. These legumes are typically accompanied by either hog jowls or ham. Black-eyed peas and other legumes have been considered good luck in many cultures.

12) Rings
Many cultures believe that anything in the shape of a ring is good luck, because it symbolizes "coming full circle," completing a year's cycle.

13) Wearing new slippers
In China, many people wear in the new year a new pair of slippers that is bought before the new year, because it means to step on the people who gossip about you.

14) Sealed doors & windows
During new year , the doors and windows of every home in china can be seen sealed with paper. The Chinese think that this will succeed in keep the evil demons out.

15) Jewish New Year
The Jewish New Year is called Rosh Hashanah. It is a holy time when Jews recall the things they have done wrong in the past, and then promise to do better in the future. Special services are held in the synagogues, children are given new clothes and New Year loaves are baked to remind people of harvest time.

16) Japanese New Year
On New Year's Day in Japan, everyone gets dressed in their new clothes. Homes are decorated with pine branches and bamboo, both of which are considered to be the symbols of long life.

17) American resolutions
40 to 45% of American adults make one or more New Year's resolutions each year. And these range from debt reduction to giving up bad habits to what not? But the ones that are the most common deal with weight loss to exercise to giving up smoking.

We hope you have enjoyed these pretty little New Year trivia's. New year is simply the perfect time to make resolutions and make for a fun-filled day. Take in the coming year with open arms. Have a blast!

Edited by Caryn - 30 December 2008 at 4:39pm
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Posted: 30 December 2008 at 4:31pm | IP Logged
Thanks nallu sweetyBig smile
I got so many great sisters, brothers  and friends here so I wish all of them a very very happy new yearHug

I would like to thank everyone from our DT members for being there always for me whenever i needed help and the support we gives each other - you are gr8 team to work with so thanks to Atina for thatClapClap

to last but not least..our Tamil sections members for the love and supportTongue  I wish you all a very happy and prosperous new yearEmbarrassed

New Years Are a Chance for a Beginning

New years are a chance for a beginning
Even when there hasn't been an end.
Wheels turn in an interminable bend,
Yet, marked in one spot, seem to wobble spinning.
Each year we hope to do a little better
Although we know that really nothing's changed.
Reason thinks that everything's arranged,
So we must dream if we would fate unfetter.

Okay i am gonna celebrate it with my friends and family with a party at home, like many of you have heard me complaning...its banned to boost crackers so its gonna be a boring when the clocks become 00.00CryCry

Some of my new year resolutions:
be more nice toward siblingsLOL, not be so addict to serials n hopefully stop updating then tooLOL,  more studious, stop eating junk food n cokeCry etc

Edited by meli - 30 December 2008 at 4:54pm
_Manpreet_ IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 30 December 2008 at 4:33pm | IP Logged

Thank you Nallu and Meli for the wonderful post!!! Tongue

Yet another year arrives as time flies with jet speed, but may this New Year bring about peace and love all over the world!!!  Let all immerse in joy, and succeed in all their endeavors.  As wishes linger over everyone's mind, fireworks and many bottles of Champaign are ready to be set and uncorked, respectively.  During this fun filled moment, let me join you all in wishing everyone a...



May the year blossom with happiness and prosper in your lives my friends!
2008 had been an eventful year for me though I only accomplished part of my New Year resolutions from last year LOLLOLLOL.  Despite this, the best thing that happened to me this year... me having made some great virtual friends who have turned out to be wonderful sisters from India Forums!  They have been really kind to me and are a great support!  I'm really thankful to have such wonderful people as my sisters...TongueTongue

Thank you Ambi, Anjali kutty, Gayu, Melly kutty, Laksh, Nezu akka, Nalli kutty, Vani Akka,  Vani and all our friends on IF!  Thanks to Atina ma and the wonderful Viewbiews for their time and efforts as well... IF is truely a second home to me Tongue!!!

Luv you guys all...

May you all have a blast!!!

Edited by aisha_muka1980 - 30 December 2008 at 9:40pm
Caryn IF-Rockerz

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2009 everybody. Have a splashing time tonight. Party

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