A bit of history.

PEOPLE around the world, including Pakistan, celebrate Jan 1, as the start of the new year as if it has always been the case in human history. The fact is that, relatively speaking, it is a rather recent phenomenon.

It is human psyche to find an excuse, even a lame one, to go into the celebration mode. Jan 1 is simply a mark of time, an arbitrary one. The Gregorian calendar was implemented in British colonies, including India, in 1752. Before that, the year used to start on March 25. It is said that at the time of...

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