New Year


“New Year’s eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.” – Hamilton Wright Mabie

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The New Year was originally celebrated by the Greeks, Romans and Celtic Europeans on the Winter Solstice.  When Julius Caesar reformed the Roman calendar in 46 BC he choose January 1st as the first day of the year in honor of its namesake Janus.

Snowy Scene

“When one door closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.” – Helen Keller

The month of Inauarius (January) was created by the Roman King, Numa Pompilius, in 600 BC. Numa added Inauarius and Februarius to the existing 10 month Romulus calendar created in 800 BC. Inauarius was then celebrated as the first month of the revised 12 month calendar beginning in 200 BC. Prior to that, the new year began in March in honor of the Spring Equinox. Inauarius is pronounced Januarius, meaning month of Janus.

Ancient Roman Sculpture of Janus

Janus was the god of beginnings and endings, a gateway or doorway. He was seen as having two faces: one looking to the past and the other looking to the future. His counterpart is Juno, the goddess of June.

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” – Einstein

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