20 Jubilant Facts about January

January symbolizes new beginnings and a fresh start.

January is a very important month in our western calendar. For the majority of people, January symbolizes new beginnings and a fresh start.

For others, it's just another ordinary month!

Check out the 20 facts about the month of January below.


1. The name for January comes from the Roman God Janus, who is always depicted with two heads.
He uses one head to look back on the year before and the other head to look forward to the New Year!

2. Originally, the Roman calendar had only 10 months, and it excluded January and February.

3. King Numa Pompilius, the second king of Rome, is responsible for adding both January and February to the Roman calendar.
He did this so calendars would be equivalent to a lunar year. Even so, it only had 30 days.
Finally, Julius Caesar added the 31st day to the month and completed it to the full month of January that we practice now!

4. Referring back to the Julian and Gregorian calendars, January is the first month of the year and the first of seven months to be 31 days long.

5. Anglo-Saxons once called January "Wulfmonath," as it was the month when hungry wolves came scavenging closer to people's doors.
King Charlemagne would call it "Wintermanoth," meaning "winter/cold month."

6. Generally, January is the coldest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

7. The equivalent month of January in terms of temperature in the Southern Hemisphere is July!

8. Garnet is the birthstone for January. It is known for its vibrant colors, deep meanings, and rich history.

9. The Dianthus caryophullus is the primary birth flower of January – more commonly known as the carnation! January's other birth flower is the humble snowdrop.

10. January has two zodiac signs – Capricorn, which is until January 19, and Aquarius, which is for the rest of the month.

11. In leap years, January always starts on the same day as April and July.

12. Couples tend to separate or divorce more so in January than in any other month of the year.

13. The first Penal Colony in Australia was established in January 1788 by the British in order to relieve overcrowded English prisons.

14. On 10 January, 1863, the Metropolitan Railway was opened in London.
An unprecedented feat of engineering, the Metropolitan Railway was the first underground railway in the world, forming the basis of the London underground and other global underground systems.

15. In Pasadena, California, there has been a Rose Parade held every year since 1890.
The Rose Parade begins at 8am pst on January 1 in Pasadena, California, USA.

16. One of the most influential events in the U.S. happened in January – on January 1, 1892, Ellis Island opened, allowing for the immigration of over 20 million people!

17. The first-ever Emmy Awards were held on January 25, 1949.

18. On January 3, 1959, Alaska officially became the 49th state of the United States.

19. In the United Kingdom, some people practice "Dry January." This is a movement to encourage people to quit drinking alcohol for the month in order to encourage public health.

20. January brought the end of the monarchy in Hawaii when Queen Liliuokalani was forced to abdicate on the 24th of the month.

Also Read: 22 Fabulous Facts about February

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