January – It’s a month brimming with optimism & new beginnings

Kevin Orsinger |
  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 into the New Year!
  2. Originally the Roman Calendar only had 10 months and it excluded January and February.
  3. Julius Caesar added the 31st day to the month and completed it to the full month of January we have now.
  4. January was a monumental year for Alaska!  As of January 3, 1959, Alaska officially became the 49th state of the United States.
  5. In Pasadena, California, there has been a Rose Parade held every year since 1890.  It has since been broadcast worldwide and is typically viewed in over 100 countries around the globe.
  6. January Birthstone is a Garnet.
  7. January has two zodiac signs:  Capricorn which is until January 19th and Aquarius, which is for the rest of the month.
  8. January’s birth flower is the Dianthus Caryophullus more commonly known as the Carnation.
  9. List of some common and uncommon holidays celebrated in January.
    1. January 2 – National Science Fiction Day
    2. January 4 – National Braille Day and National Spaghetti Day
    3. January 11 - National Clean Off Your Desk Day
    4. January 14 – National Dress Up Your Pet Day
    5. January 15 – Martin Luther King’s Birthday
    6. January 22 – Celebration of Life Day
    7. January 24 – International Day of Education