By Alina Jawwad
January is the first month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and one of seven months with the length of 31 days. The first day of the month is known as New Year’s Day. It is, on average, the coldest month of the year within most of the Northern Hemisphere (where it is the second month of winter) and the warmest month of the year within most of the Southern Hemisphere (where it is the second month of summer). In the Southern hemisphere, January is the seasonal equivalent of July in the Northern hemisphere and vice versa. January (in Latin, Ianuarius) is named after Janus, the God of beginnings and transitions; the name has its beginnings in Roman mythology, coming from the Latin word for door (ianua) since January is the door to the year. Januarius had 29 days, until Julius when it became 31 days long.
Symbols Of January
– January’s birthstone is the garnet which represents constancy.
– Its birth flower is the cottage pink Dianthus caryophyllus.
– The zodiac signs for the month of January are Capricorn (until January 19) and Aquarius (January 20 onwards)
– Roman: Januarius
– Saxon: Giuli
– Germanic: Schnee-mond
– Latin Januarius “of Janus”
– Middle English Januarie
– Color: Red
January In Other Languages
– Chinese – yiyuè
– Danish – januar
– Italian – gennaio
– Latin – Ianuarius
– French – janvier
– Spanish – enero
More About January
– International Thank You Day
– New Year’s Day – January 1
– Chinese New Year between January 21st to February 20th
– The traditional English birth month flower is the Carnation.
– Independence Day in Haiti – January 1
– January is National Soup Month in the United States.
– Russian and Ukrainian Christmas Eve, also known as Sviat Vechir – January 6
– For a long period of European history, the start of the New Year occurred in March.
– Leap years exempted, January always begins on the same day as October.
– On January 6, 1912. New Mexico became the 47th state.
– It is the second month of winter.
– In Finnish, the month of tammikuu means the heart of the winter and because the name literally means Oak moon, it can be inferred that the oak tree is the heart of grand forest with many valuable trees as opposed to the typical Arctic forests which are typically pine and spruce. The photograph of a large tree covered with ice against a blue sky is a familiar scene during Finland’s winter.
– American National Book Month
– The snowdrop is the flower for the month of January. It often blooms in the snow.
– Australia Day in Australia – January 26
– In leap years, January always begins on the same day as April and July.
– On average, it is the coldest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
– Auckland Anniversary in Auckland, New Zealand – Monday closest to January 29