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Old Father Time and The New Year



Father Time is usually depicted as an elderly bearded man, dressed in a robe, carrying a scythe and an hourglass or other timekeeping device (representing time’s constant movement). This image derives from many sources, including the Grim Reaper and Chronos, the Greek god of time.

In various New Year’s Eve customs, Father Time’s image is used as the personification of the previous year (or “the Old Year”), who “hands over” the duties of time to the Baby New Year (or “the New Year”). In this case, his old age is emphasized (in particular, he may be depicted walking with the aid of a stick).

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