Friday, January 11, 2019

Happy New Year


I hope 2019 is going great for you so far. Have you ever wondered why we start the year in January? Instead of, say, around the spring equinox when plants start to come back to life. That’s the time they used in Mesopotamia and ancient Rome. Well, around 153 BC, the Romans started inaugurating their consuls in the new month of Januarius. Since they dated years by consulships, this began to seem like the New Year. There was a bit of back and forth on this, but in 1582 when the pope adjusted the errors in the Julian calendar by adopting the Gregorian calendar (don’t ask), January 1 officially became New Year's Day for most Catholic countries. This was gradually adopted among Protestant countries. The British, for example, didn’t cave until 1752. Until then, England  – and its American colonies  – still celebrated the new year on March 25. I kind of like that idea.

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