In purely physical terms, the new year is just the beginning of another cycle of the planet in its orbit around our sun, bringing the four seasons in temperate regions and ushering in the dry season here in the Caribbean.
In terms of human psychology however, each new year marks a fresh start. It allows us to turn the page, make new promises and plans, and put any disappointments and difficulties of the previous year behind us, while celebrating the joys it may have brought.
It’s impossible to erase the past, and indeed we may not want to do that entirely because the past offers blessings and learnings which may usefully guide our future course. But the new year enables us to press the reset button and to change course if we need to.