The Half-Eaten Mind would like to wish all our followers and readers a very happy New Year 2017. 2016 has not been the greatest of years and we hope that 2017 will bring happiness, hope and glory.
On the very last day of 2015, it has been my pleasure to have provided you all with quality news, views and features, and to have consistently remained true to our core objectives of impartiality, information and telling the facts as they are. As we look down into the beginnings of a new year, I have been very proud of this blog and everything it has achieved.
In 2015, I made news and writing a bigger focus of the Half-Eaten Mind than ever before, and our proprietary GIF Moments were spun off into a second blog named Gifville, which in many ways has become a phenomenal success as a project in its own right. I created a website that showcases the best of HEM’s designed (and hurriedly assembled) graphics, and we have made many new friends along the way. We also recently joined forces with SWNS digitalhub, a news and features agency, and look forward to further developing our partnership with them.
Every year, alongside WordPress, the Half-Eaten Mind releases a special annual report, excitedly illustrating the many achievements statistically speaking this blog has made in the past year. I’ve only gone ahead and made the report public for your viewing pleasure. You can now see it at the link below.
2016 is soon to be upon us, and I am so excited to see what it will bring the Half-Eaten Mind. Most importantly I have got to thank all those who help keep the blog extra-special and keep me motivated through your likes, comments and shares, as well as the contributors who have submitted articles and story ideas to HEM.
We’d like to take this moment to wish you all a very happy, prosperous and lucky New Year 2016. Stay great and keep smiling!!
This Saturday marks the Hindu New Year V.S. 2072. This new year’s day is most keenly celebrated in north India and Nepal, although some peoples such as the Gujaratis, Tamils and Bengalis mark their new year’s on a different date. This new year also marks the beginning of spring and the agricultural season in the northern parts of the Asian subcontinent. It also marks the beginning of the nine-day festival of Navratri, in honour of Goddess Durga.
“The Hindu New Year 2072 or Vikram Nav Varsh Samvant,is celebrated on Chaitra Shukala Pratipada (March – April).
In 2015, the Nav Samvat begins on March 21. The New Year is first day after the Amavasi (No moon) in the month of Chaitra. The current year is known as Keelak Samvatsar.” (Sanwaliya Seth mandir, Chittorgarh)
Vikram Samvat, also alternatively termed as Vikram Samwat, Vikram Sambt, Bikram Samvat, Bikram Samwat and Bikram Sambat, literally means “Vikram’s era”. The Vikram in question was an emperor of ancient India, whose full name was in fact Vikramaditya. He ruled over Ujjain in the Malwa region of central India. This powerful local emperor created the calendar to mark his victory over the Sakas (nomadic invaders from the eastern reaches of Persia) in 56 BC (1 VS). The calendar is a solar year with lunar months.
Celebrations have begun in earnest across much of India and Nepal, where the Vikram Samvat era is official. The governor of the Indian state of Bihar, Keshri Nath Tripathi, extended greetings and warm wishes to celebrants, remarking “I earnestly wish may the New Year bring happiness, peace and prosperity in everyone’s life..” India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi also gave greetings to the communities celebrating today. In a temple (mandir) in Udaipur, western India, dedicated to Lord Ram, priests presided over a two-hour long puja prayer ceremony using holy water from seven sacred rivers across their country.
For Kashmiri Pandits, an exiled community from the Kashmir region, it is ‘Navreh’. For Maharashtrians, today marks ‘Gudi Padwa‘. The Sindhis know it as Cheti Chand and for the southern state of Karnataka, it is Ugadi, while eastwards in the state of Manipur, the locals get down to marking the occasion of Sajibu Nongmapanba. Some Buddhists and Parsis also mark festivals around about this time.
In the spirit of the new year, the Half-Eaten Mind brings you a gallery of cool and fun images from around the web marking the first day of 2072 V.S….. “Nutan Varsh Abhinandan” !!!
2015….new year…new beginnings….new opportunities.
I just can’t believe it that within three days, we’ll be approaching the middle of the decade, and that it has been fifteen years since the dawn of the Millennium (Year 2000). Those of you reading who were alive then might remember how everyone was harping on about the Y2K Bug and how all our electronics and computers would fail and airplanes would plummet out of the sky. Well, we survived that. Let’s hope we don’t get slain by too much cola/champagne and giant New Year’s meals.
In 2015, I’ll be in my fourth decade of life, and so I want it to be the year for me. I’m hoping that I will get a comfy job with decent pay, a nice place to live (even if it is another houseshare for now) and hopefully I’ll find love too. Never say never. What are your ambitions and resolutions for the New Year 2015?.
Anyway let’s put away the personal musings for now, and let’s get down to business. Those of you who have been following this blog for a while will know that I have a tradition on the Half-Eaten Mind of offering my own hand-picked choice of the best images to celebrate the arrival of a brand new 365 and a quarter days. These images are a reminder that apart from of course celebrating New Years, we also take a clean new look at things, wipe our slates clean and start afresh.
As Wikipedia notes: “2015 (MMXV) will be a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar (dominical letter D), the 2015th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 15th year of the 3rd millennium, the 15th year of the21st century, and the 6th year of the 2010s decade.
Among some of the expected events to happen in 2015 will be the commencement of the Eurasian Economic Union, a political and economic union of sorts between the countries of Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Belarus on New Year’s Day itself. Also on January 1, 2015, Lithuania will wave goodbye to the litas, its currency, and adopt the euro in line with many other European Union states (Latvia did the same in 2014; it’s old currency was the lat). In April, NASA‘s Dawn spacecraft is expected to arrive at the dwarf planet Ceres as we seek to build upon our rapidly increasingly knowledge of the smaller bodies in our solar system. The European Space Agency will also partner with NASA to launch other space probes in July. Finally, in May, the long-awaited trading fair Expo 2015 will be held in Milan, Italy.
2015 is certainly shaping up to be a year of achievements. I’m hoping it will be like that for me too 🙂
Without further ado, here is my choice of the best 2015 NYD pictures. As always, original copyrights belong to the original designers and websites I have obtained my images from. Have a look, fill your heart with New Year’s revelry and wave goodbye to 2014. She’s had her fun.
Gregorian calendar 2015 MMXV
Ab urbe condita 2768
Armenian calendar 1464 ԹՎ ՌՆԿԴ
Assyrian calendar 6765
Bahá’í calendar 171–172
Bengali calendar 1422
Berber calendar 2965
British Regnal year N/A
Buddhist calendar 2559
Burmese calendar 1377
Byzantine calendar 7523–7524
Chinese calendar 甲午年 (Wood Horse) 4711 or 4651 — to — 乙未年 (Wood Goat) 4712 or 4652
Coptic calendar 1731–1732
Discordian calendar 3181
Ethiopian calendar 2007–2008
Hebrew calendar 5775–5776
– Vikram Samvat 2071–2072
– Shaka Samvat 1937–1938
– Kali Yuga 5116–5117
Holocene calendar 12015
Igbo calendar 1015–1016
Iranian calendar 1393–1394
Islamic calendar 1436–1437
Japanese calendar Heisei 27 (平成２７年)
Juche calendar 104
Julian calendar Gregorian minus 13 days
Korean calendar 4348
Minguo calendar ROC 104 民國104年
Thai solar calendar 2558
Unix time 1420070400–1451606399
The Half-Eaten Mind would like to wish all our followers, readers, visitors, supporters, family and friends in advance a very happy and successful 2015.
with Alex Smithson (image designer & contributor)
To celebrate the New Year and as part of a massive redesigning of his blog, my good friend Alex has produced the latest in a series of wallpapers especially developed for the Half-Eaten Mind. Alex recently has rejigged and renamed his blog to start a new blogging experience afresh in 2014. Formerly known as “Photography-Nature”, the blog has now be unveiled under the new title “Mother Nature” as Alex places greater emphasis on his notable skills as a nature/wildlife and city-scene photographer, as well as developing his proficiency and interests in technology. The new blog also has been kitted out with a revolutionary new theme from WordPress. Dubbed Twenty Fourteen, it is now a permanent feature of the blogging platform’s package of free and premium themes made available to bloggers and site administrators.
This January, Alex has made two pairs of wallpapers using open-source image rendering software freely available for download. Their colour schemes are influenced by the HEM mascot, Woodsy the Owl, and draw on a retro, funky motif. For each of the pairs, one wallpaper is rendered at standard definition and one has been released as hi-def. These wallpapers are suitable for use on tablets like the iPad, but also have other applications such as backgrounds for the blog or associated social media accounts. The second wallpaper is a enhanced detail of the blog name and slogan in the first.
On technology, Alex enjoys blogging and experimenting with different themes and browsers, as well as imagery work. He is very keen on finding out about the latest announced tech products coming up on the market. He also uses technology widely for post-production in his photographing hobby, producing video compilations of his pictures (taken with a High-Definition 16.1 MegaPixel camera – 10x zoom) and making them available for public consumption via YouTube uploads.
Visit Alex’s blog at this link.
New HalfEatenMind Wallpaper – Uses the mascot colours of Woodsy the Owl
New for 2014, I wanted to be sure your blog and profile picture for all networks got the 2014 treatment, so I created these late this morning as I used the mascot colours from Woodsy the Owl. – Alex
with Anjali Shah (image designer & contributor)
This is not only the Half-Eaten Mind’s first Photo Moment of 2014, it is also our first article full-stop, and today it comes courtesy of piZap whizzkid, little sister and loyal contributor Anjali.
I was expecting New Year‘s Eve to be a quiet one for me. The weather was atrocious, with the streets sodden with rain and a horrible wind blowing all over. Just as I had finished dinner, I got a text from one of my brothers asking me to come down his place. As I had already eaten and as I knew that public transport would largely shut down for the New Year’s holiday, I was not going to go. but luckily a family friend who had a car was also visiting, and immediately I got ready, left the house, trudged through the rain and rode on of the last buses heading towards Canning Town tube station. Once I got to my mother’s house, we had some quality family time. I watched them all have a hefty takeaway order of pizza and chicken burgers. I felt a bit hungry again so pinched a quarter of Mum’s chicken burger. We watched EastEnders ( a soap opera set in London’s East End) and a comic puppet show on Comedy Central, while me and my friend Yousaf had a comments war on Facebook concerning Justin Bieber (He’s a fan, though he denies it, I am definitely not!). Our family get-together culminated in a small fireworks display in the back garden. Though the rain by now was heavy, it didn’t dampen our spirits. The fireworks went off with a bang, we saw a solitary Chinese lantern drift past like a bright orange UFO and we welcomed 2014 in with smiles and cheers. It was a lovely and memorable evening.
As part of the New Year’s celebrations, Anjali created a special piZap image which she had scheduled to release on her Twitter account at exactly 12:00 GMT – the first minute of 2014. I was able to preview the image before she put it on general display, and what can I say, It was stupendous, an amazing shock of colour, detail, and all the party atmosphere a New Year’s beginning entails, concentrated into a few pixels. Now I know my sister’s design talents well, and regular readers will know too, but I was genuinely shocked into silence here. The caption she enclosed with it was just as great. It must be said though, like all good things, it must be seen to be truly appreciated. So here it is below.
I think she has captured the spirit of New Year’s perfectly. The bright flashes and noise of a million fireworks festooning the night skies. The beginnings of a new start, new ventures and new friendships. The dissemination of kindness and the desire for prosperity. It’s time to let bygones be bygones, and to let old grudges and difficulties be blown to fragments like the casings of the assorted pyrotechnics that are launched heavenwards at every New Years.
****** 🙂 🙂 🙂 2014 🙂 🙂 🙂 ******
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On the very last day of 2013, the Half-Eaten Mind brings a special Photo Moment from India’s state-owned Doordashan News channel (DD News) of New Year’s celebrations already underway in Sydney, Australia. Australia is one of the first large nations to welcome in the new year due to its relative proximity to the International Date Line, where one day ends and another day begins. Meanwhile in London, there are still several hours to go. It is 1.20 pm as of the publishing time of this article.
Sydney has for many years played host to world-famous spectacular fireworks displays and celebrations every New Year, with dozens of millions of dollars spent on a massive display over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, as well as public parties all over the city.
DD News is a 24-hour news channel breaking Indian and international stories in both English and Hindi languages. The channel is an enterprise of the Doordashan television network which is the Indian equivalent of Britain’s BBC or the United States’ PBS.
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We are only a few days shy of the New Year. It’s now time to chuck out your 2013 calendars into the recycling bin and shred your 2013 diaries because the fourteenth year of the 21st century is soon to make its presence felt. This past year has seen many big changes at the Half-Eaten Mind. We’ve adopted a new look, created a Twitter account, self-published a book, moved home and increased our turnover of articles. We’ve collaborated with contributors big and small, and been nominated for heaps of blogging awards. In 2013, we have really picked our brains to bring you the best in news, views, features and photos. It has certainly being a very good and productive year for us.
Now to mark the transition into 2014, and as the old year draws to a close, I have created this special gallery of New Year 2014 images to celebrate not only the beginning of a new year, but new opportunities, new possibilities and the welcoming of friends/readers new and old. May 2014 be a year to remember.
All images are drawn from external sites, mainly those offering free wallpapers for desktop computers or to tag people in on Facebook. I have not created any of these images and all copyrights, thanks and credits rest with the original graphic artists and websites hosting them. This is simply a collection of images that I thought were particularly pleasing to the eye, had a good message or captured the party atmosphere of New Year’s Day.
2014 (MMXIV) will be a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2014th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 14th year of the 3rd millennium, the 14th year of the 21st century, and the 5th year of the 2010s decade (from Wikipedia).
Gregorian calendar 2014 MMXIV
Ab urbe condita 2767
Armenian calendar 1463 ԹՎ ՌՆԿԳ
Assyrian calendar 6764
Bahá’í calendar 170–171
Bengali calendar 1421
Berber calendar 2964
British Regnal year N/A
Buddhist calendar 2558
Burmese calendar 1376
Byzantine calendar 7522–7523
Chinese calendar 癸巳年 (Water Snake) 4710 or 4650 — to — 甲午年 (Wood Horse) 4711 or 4651
Coptic calendar 1730–1731
Ethiopian calendar 2006–2007
Hebrew calendar 5774–5775
– Vikram Samvat 2070–2071
– Shaka Samvat 1936–1937
– Kali Yuga 5115–5116
Holocene calendar 12014
Igbo calendar 1014–1015
Iranian calendar 1392–1393
Islamic calendar 1435–1436
Japanese calendar Heisei 26 (平成２６年)
Juche calendar 103
Julian calendar Gregorian minus 13 days
Korean calendar 4347
Minguo calendar ROC 103 民國103年
Thai solar calendar 2557
Unix time 1388534400–1420070399
The Half-Eaten Mind would like to wish all our followers, readers, visitors, supporters, family and friends in advance a very happy and successful 2014.
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After setting up yesterday’s Photo Moment for the Hindu New Year, it was brought to my attention that it was also the beginning of the Muslim New Year as well. Firstly, a member of the HEM blogging community, Kaligrafi Nusantara (Archipelago Calligraphy), who is from Indonesia and runs a Islamic calligraphy blog, wished me prosperity for the new Hijri year, then a good friend and work colleague named Dewan later pointed the closeness of our new years while commenting on my status on Facebook.
It is not a surprise that both the Hindu and Islamic new years are close together. Both festival dates are set using lunar calendars. So I decided to create this special moment in honour of both Kaligrafi Nusantara and Dewan, as well as the Muslim side of my family who have so kindly extended holiday greetings to me this past Diwali.
The Islamic calendar, known in Arabic as “Hijri” or “al-Hajira” – spellings may vary – starts from the Gregorian year 622 AD/CE when the Prophet Mohammed (the final prophet in Islam) left the holy city of Mecca (al-Makkah) to nearby Medina (al-Madinah). His departure is known as “Hijra”. Although it is lunar in origin, Hijri maintains its own specific conventions. As Wikipedia puts it:
“Traditionally, the first day of each month is the day (beginning at sunset) of the first sighting of the hilal (crescent moon) shortly after sunset.“
Nowadays the Islamic calendar is used mainly for religious purposes, but also is official for governmental and public affairs in many Muslim-majority countries. The new year for 2013 started either on Sunday or today depending on the sighting of the moon – which is also used to begin celebration of others like the Eids (feasts). In the Hijri calendar, the new year is 1435 AH. The new year always falls on the 1st of Muharram, the first month of the year – the equivalent of the Gregorian calendar’s January – and officially begins at sunset.
Among Sunnis, fasting usually occurs on this day. However some Sunni scholars argue that the early Muslims did not celebrate any Islamic New Year, so therefore this celebration is an innovation and should not be marked.However I do not wish to get involved in any theological arguments as such. Among Shias, this days begins with preparations for the feast of Ashura where the death of Imam Hussein is mourned.
The Half-Eaten Mind brings you a selection of wallpapers and images to celebrate the beginning of the New Year 1435 AH, and wishes everyone blessings and goodness for this special occasion.
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Straight after Diwali in some parts of the Hindu world it is the beginning of the New Year at least in Gujarat and among some Mauritians. For those using the Vikram Samvat calendar, the New Year began in April this year (The current year is 2070 VS). Some ethnic groups in India, such as the Bengalis and Tamils have use of their own regional calendars.
Regardless of what calendar you prefer to use (and many Hindus also make use of the European Gregorian calendar in secular life), the New Year is a time of new beginnings and ventures, with an abundance of cheer and joy.
The Hindu new year is celebrated differently in different parts of the world. In northern India, people wear flowers to celebrate the New Year, commonly in pink, red, purple, or white hues. Hindus in central India display orange flags, flying them from the top of buildings. In southern India, mothers put food, flowers, and small gifts on a special tray. On New Year’s morning, children must keep their eyes shut until they have been led to the tray.
Just like as with Diwali yesterday, the Half-Eaten Mind cordially invites you to another Photo Moment medley of greetings images associated with the Hindu New Year. As before, I’ll try to involve as many traditions, graphical styles and interpretations of this festival as my poor fingers will allow. Thanks for taking a look and I wish you a wonderful New Year.
New Year Traditions – Hindu New Year” – FatherTime’s.Net/Australian Media Pty Ltd. LINK