New Year's celebrations are times when families and friends come together to celebrate endings and new beginnings. When a religious element is added to these celebrations, there is also a sense of spiritual duty. Rather than simply 'ring in the New Year' with food and festivities, participants in religious New Year's celebrations consider the meaning of the holiday, the passage of time, and the opportunity for personal change. Focusing on Diwali (Hindu), Rosh Hashanah (Jewish), El am Hejir (Muslim), and Matariki (Maori), ""Religious New Year's Celebrations"" explores how cultures around the world contemplate the passage of time during these deeply sacred festivals.
Ann Morrill is a freelance writer, occasional bilingual editor, and adjunct college Spanish instructor living in Colorado. Her published writing includes poetry, opinion pieces, Spanish-language phonics books, conservation articles, and creative nonfiction. She has an M.A. in Latin American studies from the University of New Mexico and a B.A. in history from Carleton College.