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Last night One of my friends in English Club asked me How I will celebrate New year. I really had no idea. I never celebrate it these last few years. But this question brought me to a good memorize many years ago.
When I was a kid or my parents' children were still at school, we used to welcome new year. My mom woke us up at around five or ten minutes to midnight. We all were together in living room. We started the ceremony when we heard the ring of the church's bell. My mom's led us to sing a song and an opening prayer. Then she asked all her children to make a speech, the short one. It was started by the youngest one and would be closed by my father.
I remember the content of the speech were different. We were taught to say grateful first and then said something. It could be a complain to our siblings or our parents. And would be closed by my fathers' advice. Guess who gave a very long speech? Hmmm you are right. My mom...She said everything about us, bad things and good ones. I didn't like my mom's speech because she would say ... as a kid you must bla bla bla..and you must not bla bla bla ... hahaha (A mom does the same things in all over the world)
Then I never forget the song we have sung for many years. It is like a hymn for 'Batak' tribe in Indonesia. It is a very nice song. The title of the song is 'Naung Salpu Taon Naburuki'. This is the lyric of the song.
Naung Salpu Taon Naburuk I (The bad year passed)
Homa Hu Puji TuhanKi (I praise you, God)
Ai diramoti Ho tongtong (You always bless us)
Tondi Hu dohot daging Hon (My spirit and my body)
Oh Jesus sai asi Roham (Jesus, Have mercy on us)
Paian Denggan ni Basam (Bless us)
Muse di Taun Naimbaru on (moreover in this new year)
Dinasa Huriam tongtong (And all the people)
The other best thing when we celebrated new year was asking forgiveness to other members of family and laughed together while having some cookies or a piece of cake.
That was a good experience. I sometimes miss that moment.
We have different ways to welcome new year. Whatever it is, just enjoy it.
Happy New Year
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