December 29+1, 2016
It’s New Year’s Eve Eve.
If I wanna put any meaning to it, it is.
But it is just another day.
The New Year’s Day is another day from yesterday, but I don’t know why we all put a huge meaning to this day.
In Korea, yes it can be meaningful, because everyone gets old one more year on the first of January altogether. A person who was born on the 1st of January and another who was born on the 31st of December have same age. It doesn’t sound logical, but that’s how they determine people’s age and guide them how to show respect to those who are older. People who were born on the same year start school on the same year when they get to 7 years old. And they are actually 8 years old in Korea when they start school because Koreans count 9 months of being a fetus as one more year in the age. So, as soon as you are born, you are 1 year old, and on the next New Year’s Day you become 2 years old. If you are born on the 31st Dec, you become 2 years old the next day.
Many Koreans tell their age Korean-style when they are young, but when they are over 20 something they tend to think their age non Korean-style, so that they are 1 or 2 years younger.
And of course I prefer non Korean style. I will be 2 years younger than my school friends in Korea in 2 days, and until my birthday in 2017. I like that.