Why January First?

New Years

Here we are, at another New Year. I can’t believe it’s 2020. Time passes so fast.

But why was January 1 chosen as the first day of the year? Why not June 1 or September 1?

It all has to do with Julius Caesar. In 45 B.C., New Years Day was celebrated for the first time based on what is now known at the Julian Calendar. Thanks to an astronomer who suggested Caesar follow the solar year, like the Egyptians, instead of the lunar year, like they had in the past, we came away with the New Year as we know now it.

Just an interesting tidbit I thought I’d share with you this week. If you’d like to read more interesting facts about New Years Day, visit https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/new-years.

I pray for you all a blessed and Happy New Year.

Kathryn J. Bain


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