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Happy New Year!

December 30, 2017

Hello everyone: A warm hello from frigid Colchester, VT, just off Lake Champlain. It’s two below zero this morning, and we’re ending 2017 much as we ended last year. Last night we had dinner—bouillabaisse—with the Wysolmerskies, and today we are making our annual pilgrimage to Montreal for brunch at Lemeac.

In many ways, 2017 was a difficult year, particularly for immigrants and members of minority communities. For the first time in years, intolerance and divisiveness threaten to undermine our country’s most cherished values. In the face of these challenges, our residency’s commitment to diversity and social justice remain strong. Though we come from many different backgrounds, we are united by a common devotion to medical science, teaching, and patient care.

Diversity enriches us, and as 2018 draws near, let’s acknowledge how fortunate we are to be members of this community. Whatever challenges and opportunities the new year brings, we will face them together, carried into the future by a rich array of talents, perspectives, opinions, and strengths. The unlimited potential unleashed by our diversity fills me with energy, hope, and confidence on this New Year’s Eve.

Happy New Year, everyone.


PS A smorgasbord of ”Happy New Years” to help us celebrate:

Korean: 새해 복 많이 받으세요! (sae-hae bok mani badesaeyo, which literally translates, Receive much fortune in the new year)

-YungAh Lee

Yiddish: א גוט געבענטשט יאר (this prints backwards)- Ah goot gebentscht yohr (a well blessed year)

-Steve Gore

-Mark Swidler

Greek: Ευτυχισμένος ο Νέος Χρόνος!

-Antonios Charokopos

Farsi: Sale no mobarak!

"ÓÇá äæ ãÈÇј "

-Ana Rabiee

-Leila Haghighat

Japanese: Akemashite omedetou or omedeto or omedetōgozaimasu


-Shuta Ishibe

-Kaoru Harada

-Ben Lu

Portuguese: Feliz Ano Novo

-Ana Perdigoto

French: Bonne année!

-Alexandra Lansky

-Blerta Green

-Louise Dembry

-Julius Chapiro

Hindi: Sal Mubarak is Hindi for happy Hindu new year which comes after Diwali in the fall, but it is translated to happy new year so I think it works!

-Manisha Juthani-Mehta

Albanian: Gezuar Vitin E Ri

-Blerta Green

Italian: Buon Capodanno

-Blerta Green

Spanish: Feliz año nuevo

-Blerta Green

Turkish: Yeni yılınız kutlu olsun or Mutlu yillar” (pronounced as moo-th-lo yill-ar)

-Zeynep Kubilay

-Denizhan Ozdemir

Telugu (Southern India): Nootana samvatsara subha kankhsalu (Phonetically: Noo-da-nah sum-vut-sah-rah shoo-ba kahn-sha-loo)

-Ethan Bernstein

Malayalam (Southern India): Puthuvatsarashamsakal

-Steffne Kunnirickal

Hungarian: Boldog uj evet (with accents over the U and first e)

-Brienne Miner

Russian: S novym godom! (С Новым Годом)

-Michael Simonov

-Dasha Madeeva

-Julius Chapiro

-Natalie Medvedeva


Mandarin: Xīnnián kuàilè or Gong Xi Fa Cai

Taiwanese: sin-nî khòai-lo̍k

-Ben Lu

-Natalie Uy


-Nicolette Rodriguez

Ibo (Nigerian): Afo ohuru oma" which translated means..."have a good or beautiful or excellent New Year"

Onyema Ogbuagu

Hebrew: Shana tova or (שנה טובה)

-David Hass

-Aharon Benelyahoo

-Julius Chapiro

German: Frohes Neues Jahr

-Julius Chapiro

-Max Stahl

Latvian: Laimīgu Jauno Gadu

-Julius Chapiro

Urdu: Nayaa Saal Mubarak or Naga Saal Mubarak

-Naseema Merchant

-Fahad Faruqi

Hawaiian: Haole maka hiki hou

-Dana Dunne

Tagalog: Maligayang bagong Taon

-Natalie Uy

Filipino Hokkien or Fukien - (a very niche dialect that Chinese Filipino people speak): Kiong Hee Huat Tsai!

-Natalie Uy

Submitted by Mark David Siegel on January 02, 2018