Use New Year to recommit to spirituality

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  • Beowulf Portland, OR
    Dec. 29, 2012 1:57 p.m.

    In Japan, New Year's Day is a religious holiday, observed in both the Buddhist and Shinto traditions. In the 30 minutes straddling the New Year, NHK (the public broadcasting company in Japan) presents a program called Outgoing Year-Incoming Year that shows people observing ceremonies at various temples and shrines around the country. (Such as ringing Buddhist temple bells 108 times...)

    This is the way I observe New Year's every year. Most spiritual, and none of this silly wah-wah stuff like Time's Square, etc.

    As Bill and Dan observe here, peoples all over the world used to ring in the New Year this way.