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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Winter Whites


I'm back to wish you...
a
New Years Blessing.


Did you know that New Years was once
celebrated  on March 24th?
You heard me right.
Julius Caesar created the Julian calendar
which consisted of 12 months.
He ordered that New Years be celebrated
on January 1st.
However in the 5th century the Romans
changed it to March 24th.


The month of March was named after
 the Roman God Mars.
April is the Roman word for second.
As September is the word seventh,
October is the eighth month,
November is nine
and December is the tenth month. 



By 1582, Pope Gregory adopted the
Gregorian calendar in which
New Years Day was changed back to January 1st.
Confusing, right?
Now in the 1600's both the Julian and 
the Gregorian calendars were used.


So depending on your religion,
that would decide the calendar to be used.
Thus some folks celebrated New Years in
January or March.

By 1769 the American colonists
concentrated on the Gregorian calendar,
however kept the names of the months as is.
Thus January 1st became the official day
to celebrate New Years. 
Soon the rest of the world followed.


New Years was to be celebrated with family.
Sauerkraut, sausage, kielbasa or any pork meat
took center stage.


Just before midnight,
the head of the household would 
open the door to let the old year out,
while welcoming in the New Year.



Since Auld Lang Syne was written in 1788,
this song was also sung by all.
This tradition still holds true at midnight.
The gist of the song is to forget about the past,
and look to the new year with hope.

With all that said,
I want to wish each and everyone of you
a Very Happy New Year!

May it be filled with hope and optimism.

New Years Blessings To All!
Janice


12 comments:

  1. That's interesting! Happy New Year!

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  2. Happy New Year Jacky! May 2019 be the best to you. Janice

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    1. May the New Year bless you and your family! Janice

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  4. Such a delightful post full of the history of the months and new year! Love your photos and your kitty under the rug made me smile! Wishing you a blessed and happy New Year!

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  5. Wishing you and your family a blessed New Year. My kitty Ace is a lil cutie! Janice

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  6. love your winter whites and how interesting about the months and decisions on following calendars! Such a cute kitty! Wishing you a blessed and happy New Year!

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  7. You always give us such fun facts!
    Happy New Year 🎉🎊🎉

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  8. Hi Janice,
    Thank you for the fun facts! I always learn something new!!
    Love all your winter whites, too!!
    Happy New Year, my friend!
    Heart Hugs~
    Julie xo

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  9. Thanks my friend for the sweet comment! Janice

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