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Arrival of the New Millennium is Serious Business

Date Posted: 2000-12-29

Despite the hoopla surrounding the New Year a year ago, many people consider this New Year to be the one that turns into the new millennium. This being so, it is important to take the New Year seriously in order to ensure that the new millennium gets off to as good a start as possible. Following are some suggestions by our Okinawan friends for steps to take.

First step first. How you look is important. It is not proper to start a new millennium with a bad hair day. It might be time to change your hairstyle and even color for an auspicious start. So, call your hair salon and make a reservation.

Second, during the last days of the old millennium you should remember those who you do business with. Your boss, your friends and everyone you can think of are waiting for a New Yearís greeting. And this is a good opportunity to make some new friends and contacts. Donít just sit there, get on the road and start talking.

Donít eat too much during the last weekend. Relax, take your mind off the old. Calcium is said to be good for your mind, so drink milk and eat small fish, bones, head and all.

Saturday is a good day to clean your house. Throw away everything that you donít need. You wouldnít want to take useless things to the new millennium with you.

On Sunday morning, write down the dreams you had last night, and take a picture of yourself. Why you should do this, I donít know, but thatís what folks on Okinawan streets say.

To begin the last evening, take a thorough shower. Especially remember to clean your ears inside, and cut your nails too.

After the shower, itís the time for ĎToshi Okoshi Soba,í traditional simple meal of noodles. This makes sure that you live long and happily ever after. The time for those fancy New Yearís delicacies is tomorrow.

Just about everyone in Okinawa turns on the TV exactly 7:20 p.m. As a matter of fact, Okinawans have their TVs on all the time, but at this time they pay attention. Itís the time for the annual NHK ďKohaku UtagassenĒ program, a parade of the most popular male and female singers in the Land of the Rising Sun. Okinawa will be strongly represented in this parade with the male group Da-Pump on the menís team and a female quartet Max on womenís team. Okinawaís brightest star Namie Amuro will also sing. Sonda Eisa Group from Okinawa City will perform during the halfway break.

Around 10 p.m. itís the time to go the New Year party of your choice. There are plenty to choose from. 11 p.m. is the time to visit a toilet. You donít want to take anything dirty to the New Year inside yourself either.

About one minute before midnight the DJ or MC at your party will initiate the countdown. Follow him and you will know exactly when you pass into the new century and millennium.

After midnight just about everyone starts wandering towards the nearest temple to pray for the success of the coming year. But be warned, although the shrines are open for New Year prayers for three days, the crowds on the first night are huge.

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