When I was wondering about a topic for my thirteen this week, I started thinking about beginnings. January is the beginning of the year, and I thought that would make a great topic.
Thirteen Facts About The Month of January
1. January is named after the Roman god Janus, a god said to have two heads. He looks back to the last year and forward to the new one.
2. The birthstone for January is garnet, which is said to represent constancy.
3. The flower for January is carnation.
4. The stars signs of Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19) and Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18) fall in January.
5. A Northern hemisphere January is the seasonal equivalent of July in the Southern hemisphere.
6. It’s national Thank You month.
7. Saxons sometimes called January the wolf month because hungry wolves would prowl towns searching for food during this month.
8. January is the only month when the North Pole is usually colder than the South pole.
9. January always begins on the same day as October, except during a leap year.
10. The polish word for January is Stycznia, which comes from the word joining. It joins the old year to the new one.
11. According to US census information, January is fairly popular as a girl’s name. It comes in at around 3200th most popular.
12. Originally the Roman calendar ran from March to December. Names for January and February were added later.
13. Mr Munro was born in January – on 8 January to be precise. The same day as Elvis, he likes to remind me.
Are you a fan of January?