The month of January heralds a fresh start, with ideas, resolutions and goals becoming milestones and markers of achievement and glory. But that’s week 1… As we move into the second week and then get past third, we begin to lose track of those lofty ambitions we had set ourselves (just a couple of days ago, might I add), and we then veer towards getting past the rest of the year, and making it all the way to the 31st of December with minimal damage!

Though it may not seem like much, I find January invigorating. To me, the month provides a befitting tribute to the god it is named after – Janus, the Roman god of gates and doorways. You start the month celebrating the New Year, a gateway to fresh opportunities.

In India, 25 days later, we celebrate Republic Day, to commemorate the day the country transitioned toward becoming an independent republic. This day expounds the importance of the country as a sovereign, secular, and democratic republic. Republic Day reinforces the acceptance of the Constitution of India and consequently, indirectly bolsters our faith in being loyal citizens that want the best for the nation. We celebrate with a parade that shows off the best that the country has to offer – be it defence, science, education, culture – all coming together in a spectacular showcase. It happens every year, 6 days before the month ends – and subtly reminds us of how to push ourselves further and achieve loftier ambitions, and for that, I am glad!

This year, however, it just isn’t India’s Republic Day that heralds a new horizon. Turns out, the Chinese New Year is on January 28. Beginning on the first new moon of the year, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster, encouraging you to step up and take responsibility for the direction of your life.

We’re celebrating India at ITC Grand Chola on January 26 and then we’re welcoming new beginnings again at ITC Maratha from January 28 through February 5. 

Add a new resolution to your list – take joy in everything you set out to do, we’re just 20-odd days into 2017!