•January is named after the Roman god Janus, who was always shown as having two heads. He looked back to
the last year and forward to the new one. The Roman New Year festival was called the Calends, and people
decorated their homes and gave each other gifts.
•The Roman Senate, in 153 BC, declared January 1st to be the beginning of the new year. During the Middle Ages, the Church remained opposed to celebrating New Year’s Day – it has only been celebrated in the western world for about 400 years.
•January in the Northern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent to July in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.
•Leap years exempted, January always begins on the same day as October.
•January is National Soup Month in the United States.
• In 46 B.C. Julius Caesar added a one more day to January and that’s why there are 31 in January today.
• January was known as the wolf month to the Anglo-Saxons because in winter, wolves came into the villages to search for food
• The flower symbol of January is snowdrop & carnation. Its gem is garnet which represents constancy.
•New Mexico became the 47th state, January 6, 1912.
•The First American presidential election, January 7, 1789.