In our globalized world, the New Year shares the same definition. A year is defined as the time taken by planet Earth to make one revolution around the sun.
However, the end results vary. While Americans will celebrate the start of year A.D. 2014, people in Thailand will be celebrating the oncoming of year 2557 B.E.
Thailand counts years according to the Buddhist era, or B.E., which started 543 years earlier than the Christian era.
And if you thought our year was long, head over to Neptune. It takes 365.2 days for Earth to revolve around the sun, but it takes 164.81 Earth years for Neptune to make one revolution around the sun.
All numbers aside, the New Year represents a new beginning.
When folks from the area were asked what their hopes for 2014 are, the responses varied according to age and circumstances, yet they contained a common ingredient of hope for health and peace.
Bri Sohns, a fifth-grader at Delaware Academy in Delhi said, “I hope for continued health for all the people we know and that they have enough food.”
Bri also plays basketball at the Boys and Girls Club in Oneonta and added, “I hope we have a successful game year.” She also dances as well and will be choreographing a modern jazz dance to be performed during competitions this next year.
Three-year-old Celia Petrie expects 2014 to bring a birthday: “My birthday is Jan. 29,” Celia said. “I will ride a tricycle at Bugbee. My teacher is Andrea and we wear helmets.”
Celia and her mother and father, Daphne Sorensen and Mansir Petrie, also hope to go to Brazil for a summer vacation so Celia can play with her two cousins.
Sisters Rieley and Adriana Merino have a connection in Arizona that sparks hopes for the New Year. “Our cousin, Tyler MaNaught, lives in Arizona and I want to visit him or have him come here to New York,” said 10-year-old Adriana. The cousins write and send pictures throughout the year.