Posts Tagged ‘New Year’

History of New Year’s Resolutions: Where did they begin?

HISTORY OF NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS As we mentioned earlier, New Year’s Day celebrations began in pre-Christian times, beginning with the Babylonians in March but changed to January by the Romans. Roman The month of January gets its name from Janus, the two-faced god who looks backward into the old year and forwards into the new.…

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History of 2011: Start of a New Decade?

HISTORY OF 2011: A NEW DECADE? As the chronometer clicked over from 2009 to 2010 last year, many¬† heralded the end of the first decade of the millennium and the beginning of the next, regaling the best and worst at the end of the first decade of the 21st century. Except that it wasn’t. Last…

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History of New Year’s Day: Why on January 1?

HISTORY OF NEW YEAR’S DAY We have the Romans to thank for celebrating New Year’s Day on January 1. It wasn’t always that way. Indeed, previous civilizations celebrated it in March, to observe the “new year” of growth and fertility. Before calendars existed the time between seed sowing and harvesting was considered a cycle or…

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