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And ye, who have met with Adversity's blast,
And been bow'd to the earth by its fury;
To whom the Twelve Months, that have recently pass'd
Were as harsh as a prejudiced jury -
Still, fill to the Future! and join in our chime,
The regrets of remembrance to cozen,
And having obtained a New Trial of Time,
Shout in hopes of a kindlier dozen.
~Thomas Hood



New Year is celebrated on 1st January.

It is an important day as it symbolises discarding the losses n mistakes of the past n retaining the experience we gained.


It is a symbol of hope for the future, rejuvenation, n rebirth.



On New Year's Day, people resolve to make the world a better place...

A place where there is peace, joy, harmony..



New Year's Day is also significant as it symbolises forgetting the past and moving on.



The history n traditions related to New Year's Day.. 


The celebration of the new year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. In the years around 2000 BC, the Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon (actually the first visible cresent) after the Vernal Equinox (first day of spring).

The beginning of spring is a logical time to start a new year. After all, it is the season of rebirth, of planting new crops, and of blossoming. January 1, on the other hand, has no astronomical nor agricultural significance. It is purely arbitrary. The Babylonian new year celebration lasted for eleven days. Each day had its own particular mode of celebration, but it is safe to say that modern New Year's Eve festivities pale in comparison.  The Romans continued to observe the new year in late March, but their calendar was continually tampered with by various emperors so that the calendar soon became out of synchronization with the sun. In order to set the calendar right, the Roman senate, in 153 BC, declared January 1 to be the beginning of the new year. But tampering continued until Julius Caesar, in 46 BC, established what has come to be known as the Julian Calendar. It again established January 1 as the new year. But in order to synchronize the calendar with the sun, Caesar had to let the previous year drag on for 445 days.

Although in the first centuries AD the Romans continued celebrating the new year, the early Catholic Church condemned the festivities as paganism. But as Christianity became more widespread, the early church began having its own religious observances concurrently with many of the pagan celebrations, and New Year's Day was no different. New Years is still observed as the Feast of Christ's Circumcision by some denominations.

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During the Middle Ages, the Church remained opposed to celebrating New Years. January 1 has been celebrated as a holiday by Western nations for only about the past 400 years.

 Other traditions of the season include the making of New Year's resolutions. That tradition also dates back to the early Babylonians. Popular modern resolutions might include the promise to lose weight or quit smoking. The early Babylonian's most popular resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment.

The Tournament of Roses Parade dates back to 1886. In that year, members of the Valley Hunt Club decorated their carriages with flowers. It celebrated the ripening of the orange crop in California. Although the Rose Bowl football game was first played as a part of the Tournament of Roses in 1902, it was replaced by Roman chariot races the following year. In 1916, the football game returned as the sports centerpiece of the festival.  The tradition of using a baby to signify the new year was begun in Greece around 600 BC. It was their tradition at that time to celebrate their god of wine, Dionysus, by parading a baby in a basket, representing the annual rebirth of that god as the spirit of fertility. Early Egyptians also used a baby as a symbol of rebirth. Although the early Christians denounced the practice as pagan, the popularity of the baby as a symbol of rebirth forced the Church to reevaluate its position. The Church finally allowed its members to celebrate the new year with a baby, which was to symbolize the birth of the baby Jesus. The use of an image of a baby with a New Years banner as a symbolic representation of the new year was brought to early America by the Germans. They had used the effigy since the fourteenth century.

 Traditionally, 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. For that reason, it has become common for folks to celebrate the first few minutes of a brand new year in the company of family and friends. Parties often last into the middle of the night after the ringing in of a new year. It was once believed that the first visitor on New Year's Day would bring either good luck or bad luck the rest of the year. It was particularly lucky if that visitor happened to be a tall dark-haired man.

 Traditional New Year foods are also thought to bring luck. 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. For that reason, the Dutch believe that eating donuts on New Year's Day will bring good fortune. 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. The hog, and thus 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.
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The song, "Auld Lang Syne," is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year. At least partially written by Robert Burns in the 1700's, it was first published in 1796 after Burns' death. Early variations of the song were sung prior to 1700 and inspired Burns to produce the modern rendition. An old Scotch tune, "Auld Lang Syne" literally means "old long ago," or simply, "the good old days."





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Love, joy, peace, happiness, harmony, togetherness, well-being, fraternity, community....

These are just some of the emotions n elements related to Christmas.



Christmas is the time to celebrate, to pray, to forgive, to forget all bad things, to be thankful for what we have, to wish for what we want, to give to others what they desire, to be together...



Christmas is not just about receiving...it is not even just about giving...



Christmas is all about sharing...

It is all about being joyful in the joy of others...


Wishing everyone a Verrrrry Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!


Here's a siggy for all to use:





An article on Christmas from the Wikipedia:

Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. The date of the celebration is traditional, and is not considered to be his actual date of birth. Christmas festivities often combine the commemoration of Jesus' birth with various secular customs, many of which have been influenced by earlier winter festivals.

In most places around the world, Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25. Christmas Eve is the preceding day, December 24. In the United Kingdom and many countries of the Commonwealth, Boxing Day is the following day, December 26. In Catholic countries, Saint Stephen's Day or the Feast of St. Stephen is December 26. The Armenian Apostolic Church observes Christmas on January 6. Eastern Orthodox Churches that still use the Julian Calendar celebrate Christmas on the Julian version of 25 December, which is January 7 on the more widely used Gregorian calendar, because the two calendars are now 13 days apart.

The word Christmas originated as a contraction of "Christ's mass". It is derived from the Middle English Christemasse and Old English Cristes msse, a phrase first recorded in 1038, compounded from Old English derivatives of the Greek christos and the Latin missa.[1] In early Greek versions of the New Testament, the letter ? (chi), is the first letter of Christ. Since the mid-16th century ?, or the similar Roman letter X, was used as an abbreviation for Christ.[2] Hence, Xmas is often used as an abbreviation for Christmas.

After the conversion of Anglo-Saxon Britain in the very early 7th century, Christmas was referred to as geol,[1] the name of the pre-Christian solstice festival from which the current English word 'Yule' is derived.[3]

The prominence of Christmas Day increased gradually after Charlemagne was crowned on Christmas Day in 800. Around the 12th century, the remnants of the former Saturnalian traditions of the Romans were transferred to the Twelve Days of Christmas (26 December6 January). Christmas during the Middle Ages was a public festival, incorporating ivy, holly, and other evergreens, as well as gift-giving.

Modern traditions have come to include the display of Nativity scenes, Holly and Christmas trees, the exchange of gifts and cards, and the arrival of Father Christmas or Santa Claus on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning. Popular Christmas themes include the promotion of goodwill and peace.






The warmth of fire....






The comfort of home.........






The strength of a warm drink...






The loving care of soft blankets....




Welcome to Priyanka Bassi Cozy Corner



Priyanka Bassi......an extremely beautiful n talented girl....whose eyes express more than what words can convey.

A powerhouse of energy.....

She started her career with a bang.....doing a highly daring role in Bomaby Talking, which exposed the hypocrisy present in the film industry n fashion circuit...n was even nominated for that role as the Best Newcomer.

Now she is being seen as Naina Singh Ahluwalia in the highly popular show Left Right Left...another show with a difference.


She has also starred in ads like for Santoor.


Her characters:


An aspiring actress who faces problems like casting couch n harassers while trying to fulfill her dreams.


Naina Singh Ahluwalia(LRL)

A simple girl who joins a military academy(KMA) to find n punish the killers of her beloved brother, who had been  framed n proven a traitor...Naina has to battle the system n face many disappointments, n the loss of her mentor..Captain Raveer.

Her journey is an inspiration for all.





You are in my world, my life
As simple as it may be,
I want you near, hand in hand
To walk love's journey with me.

I cannot not offer you treasures untold
Or your days always bright,
But I give to you all I am
And cherish you day and night.

You are wonderful, strong,
Everything I have ever wished for,
You are here beside me
And each day I love you more.

Our love is growing
Not one single day do I regret,
Our love has flourished and bloomed
And it started the day we met.



















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Edited by amail1601 - 10 January 2008 at 2:18am

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aarsow IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 01 December 2007 at 10:33am | IP Logged
hi frndz,
congo 2 the new Fc of our princess Clap Clap Clap
excelent work ammu ghr8 front page,

aarsow IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 01 December 2007 at 10:33am | IP Logged
can u include me 2,

Ultimate_Shadow IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 01 December 2007 at 10:36am | IP Logged
wow once again our pri rocks!!! Clap Clap Clap
lrllover IF-Rockerz

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Posts: 5275

Posted: 01 December 2007 at 10:37am | IP Logged
congrats to everyone for the new FC and special congrats to Mannu LOL LOL

Ammu thanks a lot for opening the FC for us
Ultimate_Shadow IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 01 December 2007 at 10:37am | IP Logged
frnds now we have to celebrate both christmas and new yr here..would be fun na Embarrassed Embarrassed Embarrassed
aarsow IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 01 December 2007 at 10:38am | IP Logged
haan Mannu,
"east or west Priz the best"

aarsow IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 01 December 2007 at 10:38am | IP Logged

haan Mannu,
"east or west Priz the best"
FC also super duper like her


Edited by aarsow - 01 December 2007 at 10:39am

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