Greetings beloved! I pray the year is off to a good start. First things first, always be thankful, it does a lot for your morale. Count your blessings, be grateful as you remain expectant for more.
As is typical with Pentecostal Churches here in Nigeria, a corporate fast is called at the beginning of the year for various reasons. This has become traditional, even the Orthodox Churches have joined in this traditional of an early year fast.
Now, the thing about traditions is that most people join in ‘just because’ without an understanding of what really should be. Today my desire as always is that people know God for themselves and grow into an intimate relationship with Him so things are done from a place of faith and understanding rather than ‘my Pastor/Church called a fast” so I am fasting. It becomes an ‘observance’ rather than a God thing.