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I've often lamented the lack or festivals and celebrations that i can relate to in our culture.  Most of the festivals in mainstream Australian society are either religious observances (or their consumerised forms) or sporting events.  Having no real connection to either, things like Easter, Christmas or the Melbourne Cup are to me as much a part of someone's else's culture as Diwali or Lunar New Year.  One exception is New Year's Eve - it's not connected to any religion or social group (other than being based on the Western calendar), you don't really need to know the customs or rituals involved, or have any special interest - it's simply about celebration for it's own sake.  While people might have different cultural or social approaches, what's shared is a simple act of coming together with their friends or family to celebrate in their own way.  It's probably the closest to a universal celebration across our culture, and there's a palpable sense of joy and excitement in the air.

Which is probably why i always find it so depressing to find myself stuck at home as the year draws to a close, listening to groups of people all around celebrating and sharing the moment with their friends, and wishing i was doing the same.

Maybe this year i should try to negotiate to do something i'd like to do for New Year's Eve.

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