Interesting facts about January
Every month in the calendar has its charm, brings about its season, weather, fun, and festivals to celebrate. Each specific month has its significance in our lives and lifestyles. People wait for their favorite month of the season to arrive, so they live it to the fullest, complete the work they have been waiting for a year. A mango lover waits for the summer months. i.e.
April and May to enjoy those delicious mangoes from his backyard garden. A farmer waits for the rains to arrive in June to have a bumper harvest. Similarly, January, for most people, has significance. It brings a fresh start to lives and gives them a new beginning, while for some, it is a month to rejoice in the sweet winters.
People in most parts of the world regard January as the beginning of the year. They put up and promise to follow specific resolutions for themselves, aimed at getting themselves better as human beings in life and career. They greet their colleagues, friends, and family, wishing them a long, happy life. Moreover, many people regard January as the best time of the year to start a business, improve career prospects, and move forward in life. Besides this, there are a lot of facts about January that we aren’t aware of. Let us have a look at these facts.
Facts about January:
Naming: January was named after the Roman God Janus, who is known as the protector of entrances, thus symbolizing the beginning of the year. Janus is depicted with two faces, one facing back and another forward. The face looking backward symbolizes the past and the one looking forward symbolizes the future.
History: Because winter months were considered dormant, January and February were not initially included in the ancient Roman calendar. Additionally, January and February were considered months of peace because, in most of the world’s regions, the paths were blocked due to snow, and it was almost impossible for armies to move due to intense cold nights. January became the official first month of the year only in 153 BC. Numa Pompilius, the second king of Rome, is believed to have added January and February to the Roman calendar.
Climate: In the northern hemisphere, January is the coldest month of the year. On the other hand, it is the warmest month of the year in the southern hemisphere.
The story of Rio de Janeiro: When the Portuguese expedition landed on the coast of South America, the calendar read 1st January, so they named the place ‘Rio de Janeiro,’ which means ‘River of January’.
The month for divorces: While January is considered the month for new beginnings, some people take this to a whole new level. Many surveys generally found out that the number of divorces in January exceeds any other month of the year.
Birthstone: The birthstone for people born in January is garnet. It is generally said that a garnet brings positivity, luck, and success for people born in January.
The 31st Day: January had 30 days until Julius Caesar added the 31st day and completed the entire month.
Zodiacs: January has two Zodiac signs, Capricorn and Aquarius. Aquarius falls after January 19.
Flower for you: The official birth flower for January is Carnation.
International Creativity Month: January is celebrated worldwide as the month of creativity, newness, and innovativeness.
The month for the wolves: People in Anglo-Saxon times believed that wolves were highly active in January. People heard wolves howling in the full moon winter month of January and feared hungry wolves would reach their doors.
Famous personalities born in January: Numerous eminent personalities worldwide were born in January. International figures like Issac Newton, Swami Vivekananda, Martin Luther King Jr, Benjamin Franklin, Subash Chandra Bose took birth in January. Moreover, modern-day greats like Stephen Hawking, Jeff Bezos also took birth in January.
First Baloon: On 7th January 1785, the first balloon to carry a human being made its trip through the English Channel. The trip took a total of 2.5 hrs. Also, on 7th January 1990, the tower of Pisa was closed for the public because of leaning.
The tragic death of Winston Churchill: Known as the Greatest Briton of all time, Sir Winston Churchill died on 24th January 1965.
Australia Day: Australians celebrate Australia day on 26th January every year to commemorate the first British settlement in Australia in the year 1788.
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