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What's the Deal with #NewYears

Updated on January 14, 2016
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Why January 1 was Chosen to be the First Day of the Year

It took a while before people accepted January 1 as the First Day of the Year

The Catholic religion had a lot to do with January 1 being the First Day of the Year

Very few people know, but the month of January was named after the Roman god Janus


According to the Romans, the god Janus had two faces. One face looking forward and the other looking back. The Romans believed that Janus was the god to doors and gates. This would indicate that Janus was opening a door/gate to a new year. Julius Caesar himself suggested that January 1 signify the new year, but this idea supposedly went nowhere with the "high council".

The Romans usually celebrated the new year on March 25 like most of the world. In fact, it was fairly recent that January 1 was finally recognized as the First Day of the Year. It wasn't until the year 1751 (in England and then eventually through out most of he world) that January 1 was recognized as the First Day of the Year. With the exception of Scotland who celebrated the First Day of the Year on January 1 ever since the 1600's.

The Romans use to celebrate the coming of new year with plenty of parties, orgies, drunkenness and of course, a little bloodshed.

The Catholic Belief

According to catholic belief, January 1 marks the day that the new born King Jesus Christ was circumcised, 8 days after birth. Since then, new discoveries have been found that suggest that Jesus Christ was more likely born in the month of September - but that's another Hub.


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      James Timothy Peters 4 years ago from Hammond, Indiana

      Thank you for the comment. As we get closer to the New Year, I have noticed how I am "looking backward & forward"... Happy memories, unforgettable regrets - planning ahead for the future, whatever it is that's going to be "part of my forever"...a clean slate is about to be given.

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      Kaili Bisson 4 years ago from Canada

      Very interesting as always James. Looking backward and forward is what we do New Year's eve....well, some of us :-)