The month of December is the month which has the longest night of the year. The longest night and the shortest day are the signs of hope to tell us that even the darkest phases of our lives have to end. The shortest day is the symbol of hope, to remind us that the days will be longer from this point onward, and thus, there will be light.
2016 was an exciting year. Lot of things happened. But ultimately, we need to learn some lessons from the bad and use the good to make things better for all of us.
2017 is going to be a brand new year with fresh hopes. Let there be light in your life as described in following Sanskrit saying. We should move away from ignorance towards knowledge:
असतो मा सद्गमय, तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय, मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमयLead, me from untruth to truth
Asato ma sadgamaya, Tamaso ma jyotirgamaya, Mrtyorma amrtam gamaya
(Brhadaranyaka Upanishad — I.III.28)
Lead, me from darkness to light
Lead, me from death to immortality
Setu, Pittsburgh, USA