Two Hundred Fifty Three: Another New Year

“Our cultural strength has always been derived from our diversity of understanding and experience.”  – Yo-Yo Ma 

Thursday, September 11th

Melkam Addis Amet. Today is the Ethiopian New Year.

Each year on September 11th, I take to social media to share news of this celebration. I live in a city with a large Ethiopian community, and I know enough about the culture so I feel compelled to share that knowledge with others.

We all know that this day is filled with sadness and resentment for a lot of people, and so it can seem incomprehensible that anyone would be celebrating. It is a subtle reminder that the world keeps spinning day in and day out, through tragedies and triumphs. What really changes over time is our perspective on our world.

I like to take it one step further and think about each and every day being one big mixed bag for humanity. Each day is an anniversary for something marvelous and something horrid from our collective past. I like to think that in our best state we can honor the feelings others have about their day. We might not understand why they feel that way, but we can acknowledge it and learn more about one another.

Are there any particular days which are both joyous and sad for different reasons?


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