“New year, new life” is a popular saying that means that with every beginning of the cycle new opportunities open up, even to renew our lives.
It is typically used between the New Year’s Eve of December 31 and the new year of January 1, as a greeting, welcome to the new year or invocation of a certain optimistic spirit about the cycle that has just begun.
In the popular imagination, the belief that every change of the year involves a renewal of the cycle is rooted, and that this always brings new airs and new opportunities.
Hence, the time of year change is usually used to reflect and take stock of achievements and setbacks, of what was accomplished and what was not achieved during the year.
In this sense, the time of the new year gives rise to the renewal of objectives and purposes, the adoption of new habits or the abandonment of old customs that they want to leave.
In fact, the saying “new year, new life” implicitly contains the notion that the year that passed did not live up to our expectations, or that it was not as good as we would have liked.
So invoking the idea of “new year, new life” also means that if a project has not been completed or if a goal has failed, we can leave it behind without complexes, because this year we will have the opportunity to achieve our goals again. It is, therefore, a motivational and optimistic message.
In this way, “new year, new life” also reminds us that life is constituted by a succession of cycles, and that each cycle is a new opportunity to realize our desires and goals.
In addition to that, the saying “new year, new life” is used as a greeting formula to express the yearning for the change of the year to bring better things in this new stage.
On the other hand, this saying is also the reason for a popular song of change of year called “New Year”, authored by the Colombian composer Pedro Juan Meléndez Comas. It is a song about the joy of receiving the new year and about all the positive surprises that this will bring.
The composition “New Year” was popularized by the Billo’s Caracas Boys orchestra, by the Dominican musician Billo Frómeta, and it is a deep-rooted custom in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean to hear it, especially, at the time of the toast for the new year.