All about January

Facts to note:
New Years Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
National Book Month
National Thank You Month
National Eye Care Month
National Volunteer Blood Donor Month
National Soup Month

Symbols of January:
Birthstone: Garnet
Flower: Carnation
Zodiac signs: Capricorn and Aquarius

History: January was named after the Roman god Janus. Janus is also the Roman word for door. The god Janus had two faces which allowed him to look forwards into the coming year and backwards into the past year. The original Roman calendar only had 10 months. January and February were not included, but were added later.

On average, it is the coldest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the second month of winter. In the Southern Hemisphere January is a summer month the equivalent of July. Sometimes the Saxons called January the wolf month because hungry wolves would come into their towns searching for food this time of year. For a long period of European history, the start of the New Year occurred in March.
January 2018 is a very special month, for it has two full Moons

  • The month’s first full Moon, the Full Wolf Moon, rises on January 1 at 9:24 P.M. EST. What a great way to start the year!
  • The second full Moon, the Full Old Moon (also a Blue Moon) rises on the 31st at 8:27 A.M. EST, and brings the year’s only eclipse for North America just before dawn. Its total phase can be seen from west of the Mississippi and in western Canada. 
  • Both of January’s full Moons are Supermoons!

Folklore for the Season

  • Fog in January brings a wet spring.
  • A favorable January brings us a good year.
  • If grass grows in January, it will grow badly the whole year.
  • A summerish January, 
    a winterish spring. 

 

 

 

 

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