The last day of 2009 is a doozy -- triply auspicious. Not only is it the eve of a new year and the start of a new decade, but also the occurrence of a full moon, a partial lunar eclipse (only visible in the US in the far northeast) and a Blue Moon to boot. We haven't seen a Blue Moon on New Year's Eve since 1990, and we won't see one again until 2028.
Since I've already written posts about the Blue Moon and Scottish New Year, Hogmanay, I'll provide links to those two posts and leave you to peruse some New Year's postcards. http://celticanamcara.blogspot.com/2008/12/scottish-new-year.html and http://celticanamcara.blogspot.com/2007/05/once-in-blue-moon.html.
These postcards all feature vintage-looking snowmen, which I think are far more charming, lively and interesting than modern-day snowmen!
Among the most charming of the snowmen, I think, are those labeled Gelukkig Nieuwjaar, which I found out to be Dutch. Those labeled Bonne Annee are French, the Prosit Neujahr card is German and the card
that says in the Cyrillic langage is Russian. The card with the clown snowman is probably Czech, as Happy New Year in Czech is Stastny Novy Rok.
Happy New Year and Happy Hogmanay, Ath Bhliain Faoi Mhaise (Irish Gaelic), Bliadhna Mhath Ur (Scottish Gaelic) and Godt Nyttår (Norwegian). Enjoy!