How Did You Spend New Years Day?

The ancient Babylonians (near as historians can tell...) were the first to celebrate New Years Day, believing that how you spent the day, would effect the entire year. Resolutions are a reflection of this belief.  One's resolve to spend New Years Day appropriately and the year was set. 

The Babylonians celebrated the day in late March, planting season.  They weren't alone.  Cultures all across the globe celebrated the beginning of a planting and growing season.  So much of their survival depended on the yield of their crops/food sources.  Much magic was imbibed into the efforts, that a celebration geared the people up...humming and ready for planting "seeds deep in the earth", a very sexual act. 


"The tradition of using a baby to signify the new year was begun in Greece around 600 BC. It was their tradition at that time to celebrate their god of wine, Dionysus, by parading a baby in a basket, representing the annual rebirth of that god as the spirit of fertility. Early Egyptians also used a baby as a symbol of rebirth."

In most cultures, before Christianity, pairing off to satisfy human lust, when the moon rose in the sky, helped to ensure fruitful crops.  The very act of sex and the possible offspring from it, blessed the land with fertility. Nothing could be more natural.  The correlation between the body and the body of the earth did not go uncelebrated in the ancient world.

Feasting at the start of planting seemed to energize the people (although you can be relatively sure that the lustful carnal sex beneath the moon didn't hurt the mood at all) and gave them the strength to urge food from the earth and work until they harvested.  Celebrations which followed the seasons are much older than any of the current mainstream religions and celebrations which brought forth the crops, or tucked them away into the cold ground for the winter, these rites were as important as the right seeds.  One couldn't ignore the needs of the gods and laugh in the face of Nature herself.


The song, "Auld Lang Syne," playing in the background, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year. At least partially written by Robert Burns in the 1700's, it was first published in 1796 after Burns' death. Early variations of the song were sung prior to 1700 and inspired Burns to produce the modern rendition. An old Scotch tune, "Auld Lang Syne" literally means "old long ago," or simply, "the good old days."      New Years Customs


Chinese New Year Customs

The Process of "Bai Lin"

The Chinese put good luck and good wishes as their very first priority. Some customs and actions are strictly followed by the Chinese in order to keep the luck and wishes alive. One of these customs is called "Bai Lin", which is the visiting of friends and relatives during Chinese New Year. The steps involved in going to "Bai Lin" to your friends and relatives during Chinese New Year are described here.


In the kingdom of Bhutan, all citizens officially become one year older on New Year’s Day.


If, simply for the fun of it, you want to read about naughty adult New Years adventures, you can drop in at Sexfessions - New Years Yarns,  or how about some wise suggestions for the fellows in our readership, or better yet, a Sex Crazed New Years Diet.

Whatever your pleasure, make sure that this brand new year stays full of hopes and dreams. 

Mind you, starting the year off with a good sex romp never hurt either  ...

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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