Jola Naibi

Writer and amateur photog. I seek to inspire and inform with the words I write and share and the photos I take. I have written a book of short stories: Terra Cotta Beauty, and I am working on a lot more. Reading and writing fuel my energy. In reading, I explore this vast and diverse world, in writing, I employ my over-active imagination and address the 'what-if' questions that life often throws at us.

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Happy New Year?

By on January 8, 2007

So depending on who you are talking to…it’s still acceptable to say –Happy New Year
I learnt a few years back that for most Westerners, the greeting Happy New Year ends once we have crossed over into the second day of the year when as far as the year is concerned it is no longer new. I was reminded again last week, when I greeted a colleague at work with the effervescent – Happy New Year. It was Wednesday the third day of the year, in my book the year is still new…but her response was a blank stare. Not everyone I meet who is a Westerner is quite as oblique though…a few of them find it funny and respond with a chuckle. Although I must confess that yours truly has been known to extend the Happy New Year greetings into April mind you (Hey…it was an aunt, that is famous for being irascible and it was the first time, I was seeing her that year…so I could not help myself). Can you really blame me though…coming from a background where there is a boisterous greeting for everything from sitting down (e ku ijoko – happy sitting down) to standing up (e ku i dide – thank you for standing up! rough translation is actually thanks for coming for my shinding)…it is hard not to extend these Happy New Years well into the end of the first month of the New Year.
So depending on who you are, where you are from…Happy New Year from Jola and wishing you all the very best that life has to offer for 2007

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