Fireworks are a symbol. They are used primarily as a means to show celebration. There will be fireworks tonight, although not in my city where they are banned. Does that mean that we cannot celebrate an old year passing and new one arriving? Probably not.
For some, there will be cause for celebration. It may have been a banner year in any of the many areas of life, a year to remember. In my own history, there are only a few years that I remember specifically because of what happened in that year. Maybe there are a dozen at most.
Will this be a year that you remember? Will 2013 be the best, or maybe the worst year ever? These banner years cannot entirely be planned by us. Often random events will make a year memorable or not. It is a bad year to be born according to the Chinese calendar. Does that play out only if you believe it? What will your year hold?
To the extent that you have any control at all, may you attempt to make 2013 a great year. In regards to those events that will randomly come your way, unexpectedly, both good and bad, all I can wish for you is that God would grant you the courage, the faith, and the grace to take it in stride and to make the most of it. I have discovered, in my experience, that everything that starts good, or bad, does not always remain so. Change is certain, and to realise that gives perspective to life.
And to those of you who are nervous about the Chinese Year of the Snake, it arrives on Feb. 4, 2013, but actually 2013 years have passed and we will be into the 2014th. Think about it.