January is the first month of the year, and it’s a little weird. Here’s why.
January is named after the Roman God of Janus. This God was always shown with two heads. One of his heads would look towards the last year, and the other, to the new year.
The birthstone for January is Garnet.
The official flower of the month is the Carnation.
The two horoscope signs of the month are Capricorn which runs from December 22nd until January 19th, and Aquarius, which runs from January 20th until February 18th.
January is also the month of baking, bath safety, blood donation, braille literacy, codependency awareness, fat free living, national hobbies, hot tea, mentoring, oatmeal, slow cooking, soup, weight loss awareness, and thank you’s. It’s also Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month and Stalking Awareness month.
January 1st was not always considered to be the beginning of the new year, or at least, it was not always celebrated that way. During the Middle Ages, the Church was opposed to celebrating New Year’s Day. The present New Year’s Day celebrations that we know have only been celebrated in the western world for about 40 years.
January in Spanish is enero, in Italian is Gennaio, in French is Janvier, in German is Januar, in Polish is Stycznia, and in Latin, January.
January in the Northern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent to July in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.
January is National Soup Month in the United States.
The first SuperBowl was held in L.A. at the coliseum in January.
The Chinese floral emblem of January is the plum blossom.
In leap years, January always starts on the same day as April and July.
When it’s not a leap year, January always starts on the same day in October.
According to Facebook users, January is “Change Your Profile Picture To A Muppet” Month.
January 1st is both the closest date and furthest date from the end of the year, December 31st.
More couples divorce or separate in January than any other month. This is weird but true.
Two Shakespeare plays mention January, Much Ado About Nothing and Winter’s Tale.
January is the coldest month. Looking at all the months on record and their average temps proves this, though recently global warming and climate changes may have pushed it out of it’s first place standing.
Some famous people born in January were Danica McKellar, Nicolas Cage, Katie Couric, Frank Sinatra, Patrick Dempsey, Orlando Bloom, LL Cool J, and Michelle Obama.
Famous historical figures born in January were Paul Revere, Betsy Ross, Edgar Allen Poe, and Martin Luther King Jr.
January is known as wolf month, because of how active they are during this month.
There is a cabbage variety known as ‘January King’ that is grown in England. This cabbage is a cold-tolerant winter cabbage.
In January, the North Pole is colder than the South Pole.
New seasons of your favorite shows come out in January!
January is nice and is known as a quiet time. Without the hustle and bustle of the holidays and the business of summer, January is a time to relax, reflect, and enjoy the quiet.
January has a lot of sales. Yes, Christmas cost you a pretty penny but if you need something, this is a good month to get it.
The days are getting longer. Yup, the shortest and darkest day of the year is behind us and that means brighter, longer days are something that we can all look forward to.
It may seems empty to you, but at the same time, your place will feel much more spacious. Without the decor, tree, presents, and all that comes with the holidays, not only will your place feel cleaner than it did last month, it actually will be.
These January facts are weird, but true. There are some really great things about this month, too. Happy January!