Yes! Goodbye 2021, hello 2022, and here we are, a new year. New Year means we are in January or Njanuary, as many people refer to the year’s first month. There are bills to pay, school fees to pay, dealing with the festive hangovers if you partied hard enough, and it is also the rural-urban migration season. However, did you know that there are reasons to celebrate January except for the setbacks this month brings?
The Origin of January
January derives its name from Janu, the god of beginnings in Roman Mythology. Janu was believed to be the protector of doorways, gates, and paths, which s befitting since most people view January as the beginning of new things, new resolutions, behavioral change. Further, January is the first month in both the Gregorian and Julian calendars and is the first of the seven months with 31days that precedes March, May, July, August, October, and December.
Interesting Things About January
In many places in the Northern Hemisphere, January is the coldest month of the year.
In the U.S., January is reported to be the month with the highest divorce cases since most people who plan on divorcing wait until the festive season is over for them to file for a divorce. Other people, however, do so to simplify their income tax process.
Additionally, close to 100 people in the U.S. whose first or last name is January. For instance, a modern-day actress called January Jones was born on January 5th, 1978. Although she was not named after the month, she was named after January Wayne, a character in Jacqueline Susann’s novel, Once Is Not Enough.
Each day of January is a day to celebrate something, as listed below
- 1st Happy New Year’s Day
- 2nd Swiss Cheese Day
- 3rd Women’s Rock Day
- 4th National Spaghetti Day
- 5th National Bird Day
- 6th Bean Day
- 7th Tempura Day
- 8th Bubble Bath Day
- 9th National Apricot Day
- 10th Houseplant Appreciation Day
- 11th National Hot Toddy Day
- 12th National Marzipan Day
- 13th National Peach Melba Day
- 14th Organize Your Home Day
- 15th Strawberry Ice Cream Day
- 16th International Hot and Spicy Food Day
- 17th Hot Buttered Rum Day
- 18th National Gourmet Coffee Day
- 19th National Popcorn Day
- 20th MLK Junior Day
- 21st National Hugging Day
- 22nd Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day
- 23rd National Pie Day
- 24th Beer Can Appreciation Day
- 25th National Irish Coffee Day
- 26th National Peanut Brittle Day
- 27th Thomas Crapper Day
- 28th National Daisy Day
- 29th National Puzzle Day
- 30th National Croissant Day
31st Eat Brussels Sprouts Day
With this in mind, next time the ‘Njanuary fever’ attacks you, remember all other reasons to celebrate the first month of the year.