January 1st: Happy New Year!

January 1, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

January is one of the newer months to the calendar we know today. It was named after the God of Beginnings and transitions, Janus.  In Latin, Januarius means the month of Janus.  It was added to the calendar with 29 days around 713 BC by King Numa Pompilius to conform with the lunar calendar. Julius Caesar gave it the 31 days when he created the Julian Calendar, and it still has 31 days after the transition to the modern Gregorian calendar.

Good morning regretful revelers. Today is January 1, 2017. As you might expect with the beginning of a new year, there are a lot of holidays today

New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day is observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar. In pre-Christian Rome under the Julian calendar, the day was dedicated to Janus, god of beginnings and transitions, for whom January is also named. As a date in the Gregorian calendar of Christendom, New Year’s Day liturgically marked the Feast of the Naming and Circumcision of Jesus, which is still observed as such in the Anglican Church and Lutheran Church. In the present day, with most countries now using the Gregorian calendar as their de facto calendar, New Year’s Day is probably the most celebrated public holiday, often observed with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the new year starts in each time zone. Other global New Years’ Day traditions include making New Year’s resolutions and calling one’s friends and family.
Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq) began the concept of celebrating the new year in 2000 BC, however, back then the new year was celebrated around the time of the vernal equinox, in mid-March. The early Roman calendar designated March 1 as the new year. The calendar had just ten months, beginning with March. The fact that there were originally only 10 months is still reflected in the names of some of the months that we still use today – September through December, our ninth through twelfth months, were originally positioned as the seventh through tenth months (Septem is Latin for “seven,” octo is “eight,” novem is “nine,” and decem is “ten”).
Celebrations of New Year’s begin in the Pacific Ocean with Samoa being the first to celebrate the New Year.  The last to reach the New Year also occurs in the Pacific Ocean near Baker Island which is halfway between Hawaii and Australia.
Here are a few New Years traditions and facts.

  • Kissing at midnight the one person you hope to keep kissing the rest of the year.
  • Making noise, either in the form of fireworks, ringing bells, horns blasting or pistol shots are traditional around the world.
  • Toasts to the new year are made with spiced wine in Holland, wassail in England or champagne in the United States.
  • Resolutions are not a modern tradition. The Babylonians made commitments to return borrowed objects and to pay old debts.

Aside from New Year’s Day, there are a number of lesser known holidays which also occur on this date. I list them in alphabetical order and also provide a link to each one so that you can find more information about them if you are interested.

Apple Gifting Day

Commitment Day

Copyright Law Day

Ellis Island Day

Euro Day

Global Family Day

National Bloody Mary Day

National First Foot Day

National Hangover Day

New Year’s Dishonor List Day

Polar Bear Swim Day

Public Domain Day

Saint Basil’s Day

World Day of Peace

Z Day

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