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|January is named after the Roman god Janus,
who was always shown as having two heads. He looked back to
the last year and forward to the new one. The Roman New Year
festival was called the Calends, and people
decorated their homes and gave each other gifts.
Capricorn: December 22 - January 19
Aquarius: January 20 - February 18
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"The name, given to the month of 'January', is derived
from the ancient Roman name 'Janus' who presided over the
gate to the new year. He was revered as the 'God of Gateways',
'of Doorways' and 'of the Journey.' Janus protected the 'Gate
of Heaven', known as the 'Lord of Beginnings', is associated
with the 'Goddess Juno-Janus', and often symbolized by an
image of a face that looks forwards and backwards at the same
time. This symbolism can easily be associated with the month
known by many as the start of a new year which brings new
opportunities. We cast out the old and welcome in the new.
It is the time when many reflect on events of the previous
year and often resolve to redress or improve some aspect of
daily life or personal philosophy."
The Roman Senate, in 153 BC, declared January 1st to be the
beginning of the new year. During the Middle Ages, the Church
remained opposed to celebrating New Year's Day - it has only
been celebrated in the western world for about 400 years.
"January is named for Janus (Ianuarius), the god of
the doorway; the name has its beginnings in Roman mythology,
where the Latin word for door (ianua) comes from - January
is the door to the year. Traditionally, the original Roman
calendar consisted of 10 months, totalling 304 days, winter
being considered a monthless period. Around 713 BC, the semi-mythical
successor of Romulus, King Numa Pompilius, is supposed to
have added the months of January and February, allowing the
calendar to equal a standard lunar year (355 days). The first
day of the month is known as New Year's Day.
Although March was originally the first month in the old
Roman Calendar, January assumed that position beginning in
153 BC when the two consuls, for whom the years were named,
began to be chosen on January 1. The reason for this shift
of the new year into the dead of winter was to allow the new
consuls to complete the elections and ceremonies upon becoming
consuls, and still reach their respective consular armies
by the start of the campaigning.
Various Christian feast dates were used for the New Year
in Europe in the Middle Ages, including March 25 and December
25. However, medieval calendars were displayed in the Roman
fashion of twelve columns from January to December. Beginning
in the 16th century, European countries began officially making
January 1 the start of the New Year once again — sometimes
called Circumcision Style because this was the date of the
Feast of the Circumcision, being the 8th day from December
Spanish: De enero
Many cultures celebrate New Years Day on March 21st, the
The Coptic and Russian Orthodox Churches celebrate Christmas
on January 7.
"Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne."
- Robert Burns (Auld Lang Syne)
"There are two seasonal diversions that can ease the
bite of any winter. One is the January thaw. The other is
the seed catalogues."
- Hal Borland
"Slow as molasses in January."
"In January it's so nice
while slipping on the sliding ice
to sip hot chicken soup with rice.
Sipping once Sipping twice."
- Maurice Sendak - In January
"New Year's Day is everyman's birthday."
- Charles Lamb
- January in the Northern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent
to July in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.
- According to Facebook users, January is "Change Your
Profile Picture To A Muppet" Month
- January 1st, 1776, the firstAmerican flag, the "Grand
Union" was presented. Betsy Ross later added the stars
in place of the Union Jack.
- Leap years exempted, January always begins on the same
day as October.
- In leap years, January always begins on the same day as
April and July.
- The Chinese floral emblem of January is the plum blossom
- January is National Soup Month in the United States.
- The first SuperBowl was held at the L.A. Coliseum on January
- Jerry Rice has the most touchdowns in a Superbowl (8).