A New Year But An ancient Festival.

Most of my work is based around myths, legends and folktales and the root of  traditions and customs. The history of our ancient ancestors can be a fascinating exploration into another world, full off Gods and goddesses, based around sun and moon cycles and the natural environment. Some of these Traditions are still alive today ( many have died out) but New year is one such festival which has been with us for thousands of years.

New year is one of the oldest holidays with the exact date and nature of the festival changed over time. Originating in ancient Babylon the sun and moon cycles were used to decide the “first” day of the year.

Harvest hare

More traditionally on the stroke of midnight people in England would open the back door to let the old year out. We now see it as an opportunity to learn from the prior year and make positive changes in our life. Introspection and contemplation

For me New year marks a date of newly found happiness and a clean slate. The start of new plans and habits and to close the door on the past year (be it good or bad) A fresh change and lighter nights are to come and new plans are afoot !

 

Inner contemplation print, Celtic knotwork lino design

 

 

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