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January


Now You Know...

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.

Birthstone: Garnet
Flower: Carnation

Capricorn: December 22 - January 19
Aquarius: January 20 - February 18

More January lore here

About January

"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."
- Mystical WWW

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 25."
-Wikipedia

Spanish: De enero
Italian: Gennaio
French: Janvier
German: Januar
Polish: Stycznia
Latin: January

Many cultures celebrate New Years Day on March 21st, the Spring Equinox.

The Coptic and Russian Orthodox Churches celebrate Christmas on January 7.

January Quotes

"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."
- Folklore

"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 Facts

  • 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).

 

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