20 December 2011

Blessings of the Season

Tonight is the start of Hanakkuh, the Jewish festival of lights. We are just 4 days away from Christmas Eve (one of my favourite celebrations in the year), for the Celts amongst us Winter Solstice is upon us tomorrow, Pancha Ganapati is celebrated by the followers of Ganesh, and for any leftover Romans it will be Saturnalia. On Wednesday December 21 there will be a Winter Solstice Lantern parade from Chinatown to the Dr. Sun Yet-Sen Classical Chinese gardens. These are just some of the festive days celebrated at this time of year. As the dark days of winter close in upon us we long for the return of the sun.

No matter how you celebrate the season I want to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday. My thanks to my regular readers and a welcome to those just passing by. There will probably be fewer postings in the new year as my time in public office has ended, but I will still keep an eye on the goings on and a keen interest in public spaces issues.

For the coming new year I wish you all happiness.

A New Years Toast:
n the year ahead,
May we treat our friends with kindness
and our adversaries with generosity.

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