Then we have this thing with making wishes ( Happy New Year ). But what meaning does it have ?

If you stop and start investigating this point with making wishes it is something like:

“Happy New Year and fcuk off till the next year when I am going to wish you happy new year again ”  

Look… you may be sincere in your wishes but in the end you stop there and you do rather nothing to make this year happy for this person. You leave this responsibility to god, universe or some other higher force. But if nothing “happy” happens to this person for the whole year then there is not a big deal. You just say in compassion “I feel really sorry for you” and you make a wish so that this coming year will be better and happy. But if nothing happens then you do the same next year and so you are “locked” literally forever in the cycle.  

As you can see the negative aspects outnumber the positive ones. But even though the list with positive and negative ones was in favor of celebrating New Year’s Eve then we have that just this element with animals being terrified as a result of fireworks is big enough to forbid them completely.

At the moment we don’t really know why we make such a huge celebration of the “first hour” of a new year. We just do it “just because” everybody else does it… Even though other cultures and religions have their own calendar which does not match with the Gregorian ones they have still accommodated this event and habit. 

Personally I do not see any reason to celebrate the new year. And I do not do it. But it does not mean that you may not do it if that is so important to you. Just take into consideration that our current way of celebrating it makes harm to other beings who share this planet with us ( animals and not only ) and you completely ignore this fact. I am not surprised at all with this fact because we live in separation of our mind and ego and this is the “natural” outflow and consequence of it. 

So how to change this ?

Well… we take the simple approach of applying practically common sense and logic. Demonstrations and protests are rather not effective and the local governments will continue with the fireworks even though some people will oppose it. But if there is less and less people participating in these events then it will change itself automatically and easy without any violent crashes. So the obvious thing is to stop watching the fireworks or doing them privately at your own event with friends. And if you have any pets at home then you should definitely stay with them and give them comfort as much as you can. Under no circumstance do not leave them alone at home.

And so this is my point in regards to celebrating first hour of the new year. I do not celebrate it and I am one person less in causing harm to other beings on this planet by following some habits and tradition which we don’t really know where it came from. If you do the same then we will have 2 persons less. And if others do it as well then we will have 3,4,5… persons less. And so we will change the whole world even though we are “small and insignificant”. 

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Now… not every dog or cat reacts in a similar way to the explosions of fireworks. But still this happens very often. And definitely it is much easier for animals to cope with it when the owner is with them at home as then they feel more safe. But this is not always the case and I know the owners leave their pets alone at home ( even though they know that this is a terrifying experience for them ) and they go to see the show.

And what about all the animals in the wild ?

They have their rest and then suddenly the fireworks start to explode. Tell me:

How would you feel if you got woken up suddenly in the middle of the night by the explosions of bombs or other things but you would not be able to comprehend where it comes from and whether this is threat to your life ?

Well… you have probably never thought about it… or have you ?
Look… on the 31st of December I went in the evening to eat dinner in the restaurant. Literally 5 meter away from the balcony on which I sat there was sudden explosion of the fireworks. And I got scared. Because I know what it was then I got myself stabilized almost instantly. But the animals are not prepared for it and they don’t know what is happening.  

If you live in the mind and in the separation then obviously you do not see these things or even if you see them then you always find a justification and you continue with it.

You’ll see… just this thing with the animals terrified by the explosions is a reason good enough to suspend FOREVER the shows of fireworks. But if that is not enough then I can give you more examples in contra.

Look… another thing related with the celebrations of New Year is drinking champagne, other alcoholic drinks and of course taking drunks.

Do I have to tell you what are the consequences of it ? I am certain that it is not needed as this is obvious thing.

Then another point is that people leave a lot of rubbish and break a lot of glass ( for luck as they say ). But why do we have to leave such a mess so that the city square looks like a battle field ? 

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So now - once I have asked myself the question “WHY” should I celebrate the 1st of January as a new year - I should try to find the answer.

And when I think a little bit about it then the only reason why I should celebrate the new year on the 1st of January is because everybody else does it. That is fine. There should be not a problem with doing things because the rest of people do them. But before we make the decision to do these things we should investigate and analyse whether it is not causing harm to others and in the best scenario we should take into consideration the principle of what is best fall all. So that means that we should look at the point whether the celebrations of new year are good for every being on this planet.

So the first thing which is being associated with the celebrations are the fireworks. They look cool and personally I really enjoy watching them. And the best place to see the show is to be as close as possible to the launch platform so that the explosions happen right above my head and so that I can hear the sound of explosions. On couple of occasions I have watched the fireworks from the mountain but because it was few kilometers away then the sound was coming with the delay and the whole show was not the same. And the same is with watching the show on the TV. It does not matter how spectacular it is, it will never beat the experience of being directly under the explosions which happen right above your head with the black sky in the background.

Now… although from time to time somebody gets injured or gets burns during the explosions, in general the fireworks show is rather safe if people follow the safety rules. And for this reason we should not discard organizing these shows just because somebody drunk has done something stupid and he got injured.

But you’ll see… there is one point which most of us omit or ignore. The principle of what is best for all includes that which is best for all beings on this planet. And this all includes also animals, insects etc.

And you’ll know what ?

The fireworks shows are not good at all for the animals. If you have your pet at home then you should know how scary it is for your puppy when the fireworks start to explode. If you don’t a dog or cat or any other animal at home then I am certain that you have heard more than once about it but then you simply ignore it.

Look… when I was kid I used to visit my grandmother during my school holidays. Then I remember the moments when the plane was passing the sound barrier and in this moment there was a noise similar to an explosion. On couple of occasions I saw that the dog of my grandma running away from the underneath the tree where he was resting because he got seriously scared. And then I also noticed that he had the fear and resistance to ever go back and seat under this tree.   

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