New Year's: Counting through Time

New Years: Counting through Time

Release date:

2000

Running time:

47 minutes

Formats:

Available on DVD

Closed Captioned:

Yes

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What does New Year's day mean to different cultures? For many, New Year's can symbolize a day of reflection, a day of soul cleansing, or a day of fresh starts. Most importantly, New Year's is linked to our concept of counting time and keeping calendars. The story of calenders, New Year's and the way people have counted time weaves a common link between many cultures.

New Year's: Counting through Time traces New Year's celebrations and calendar forms from Neanderthal cave etchings right up to atomic clocks. It visits Stonehenge, early sea explorers charting the oceans, Mayan ruins, Egyptian Pyramids, the Roman Senate, the Vatican and even traditional Japanese Gardens, bringing us back to a modern New Year's celebration.

Discussion guide available for download here:

New_Years_Discussion_Guide.pdf

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