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As Jews, we are told that on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, “it is written” and on Yom Kippur, the Day of Repentence, “it is sealed.” What is “it”? Our fate for the next year. Where is it written and sealed? In the proverbial Book of Life.
The bottom line is that I am not here to bash religion at all. Whatever you believe is fine with me. If you want to go to church every Sunday, go for it. If you want to go to Temple, more power to you. If you’re a Buddhist, good for you.
When the Romans invaded England, they found the Druids celebrating New Year’s Day on March 10. The pagan priest would cut off branches of mistletoe on this day and carefully allow them to fall onto a sacred blanket. The branches would then be distributed among the Celtic people to be used as magical charms and for protection against evil spirits.
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is celebrated in late September or early October. The Chinese use the lunar calendar dating back 4,000 years to the waxing and the waning of the moon. Their New Year falls between January 21 and February 19. Hindus celebrate the first day of each season, so they celebrate four times each year.
The month of January was named after this god with two faces; one forever looking forward, the other looking back. Janus is always shown holding a key in his right hand, enabling him to unlock the New Year, and to lock close the old. In his left hand he holds a scepter a symbol of power.
At the bar, stock a couple of hearty red wines. You might also want to make your signature cocktail a warm drink – a hot apple cider perhaps? Or offer the apple cider as a chilled drink while the sun is still up and then offer a hot apple cider as an after dinner treat.
Bring to a boil, 1/4 cup of honey, 1 tbsp. water and 1 tbsp. lemon juice. After cake has cooled for 10 minutes, poke holes around the cake and drizzle the sauce on the cake, making sure to get the sauce into the holes.