Facts about January

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The beginning of the New year and time to make New Year resolutions.

January was established as the first month of the year by the Roman Calendar. It was named after the god Janus (Latin word for door ). Janus has two faces which allowed him to look both backwards into the old year and forwards into the new one at the same time. He was the ’spirit of the opening’.

In the very earliest Roman calendars there were only ten months and the new year started on 1st March, Ten was a very important number to them, Even when January and February where added March remained the start of the Year in England and her colonies until about 200 years ago.

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