New Year is the only celebration that unites the people around the world. People forget their differences and share the wishes on this special day. New year gives us hope and energy to face the obstacles.
As we draw up our plans for new year, how many of us are really aware what a new year is? Or how many of us know when was the first ever new year celebrated? Here are few facts to enrich your knowledge about new year and amaze your friends circle [Keep this secret]
Initially the new year was celebrated on two different dates. Some 4000 years ago Mesopotamia celebrated new year in the mid of March to mark the Vernal equinox. Whereas the Egyptians and Persians celebrated new year during winter equinox.
Actually the early Roman calendar didn’t.t have January. It was Julius Caesar who has added January as the first month of the calendar. The month was named after Janus, the roman god of doors and gates.
It was Caesar who declared that January one as the new year, he felt that a month named after this god would be fitting for the new year. The later Gregorian calendar adopted this and till date we follow January 1 as English new year [As the calendar is actually stipulated by English speaking countries]
New year resolutions:
Every year 45% of people around the world [The countries where Gregorian calendar is being followed] take new year resolution and out of this 25% drop their resolution in the second week of January. To lose weight tops the list of new year resolution taken last year. To spend less and save more settled in second.
Some interesting facts:
Russia celebrates new year twice, once on January 1 and the second on January 14. Because the Russian government follows the Gregorian calendar, whereas the Russian Orthodox church follows Julian calendar in which new year comes on January 14 [We should have born in Russia :P] Ethiopia has 13 months in their calendar. They celebrate new year on September 11 and the most interesting part is that the countries year is still 2006 as they have 13 months in their calendar.
Korea follows a strange tradition, when a baby is born it is considered that the baby is one year old and every citizens age increases on the New year day. So if you were born on December 28,you will be considered 2 years old on January 1, the new year day [Interesting ha?] Do you know the food that bring good luck? It is believed that eating foods like black eyed peas, ham and cabbage brings good luck. But if you want to have a happy new year, don’t eat lobster or chicken.
Lobsters can move backward and chickens can scratch in reverse, so it is thought these foods could bring a reversal of fortune. New year is always special to people. Let 2019 brings hope and light into our lives.
Wish you all a Happy and Prosperous new year.