A foot for thought

New Year Celebrations

Anna Nimiriano Editor in Chief Juba Monitor

On the First of January 2021, many people were very happy for reaching the New Year. It is a year of stability and peace which was predicted by many people. 2020 has been a year with a lot of challenges, whether it was political, social and economic problems. Many people thanked God for reaching the New Year and hope it will be one of the best years in the world.  As last year people suffered with diverse kinds of problems and others died before reaching the New Year with different kinds of diseases including Coronavirus in South Sudan and the world at large.

However, several people wished noble achievement and predicted better life in 2021.  In the church, priests, Pastors and Bishops delivered messages of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation to the people of South Sudan. We need to forgive one another and start the New Year with new spirit of doing well and developing our country. If we still hold bad things in our hearts, it will not help us.

Many people had suffered in different countries like us, at the end they had sustainable peace because of forgiveness which is very important for a country that has been in conflict.

South Sudan needs a lot to be done in terms of forgiveness and reconciliation due to the severe conflicts. At night of 31th of December, 2020, there were a lot of noises on the streets; most of the people who were making the noise were youth. I hope police and other forces managed to control the situation. Even if they were making noise as a happy day, they could not do it beyond the law; anything has its limit, beyond normal a law should be applied to the people or person.

Those who organized ceremony for New Year with friends and relatives were better, because they enjoyed it as community. Others did it on the First and still celebrations are continuing for the rest of the days. Of course New Year is a day of get together, meeting friends, relatives and people you didn’t meet for long time.

Last year’s Christmas and the New Year 2021 felt on Friday, it was a day of Muslims prayers. It made the two occasions to be blessed in the world, for the reason that Christians and Muslim brothers had prayers at the same day. If all those prayers were done in good faith, it will bring good result to the country and the world. We need to present all our problems to God for last year and open a new chapter for this year. As it was predicted a good year, let us make it good.

Even Coronavirus Pandemic we can overcome it if we follow the rules given to us by the Ministry of Health and World Health Organization (WHO) because everything is possible in the hands of God.

 May God bless us all.

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