New Year Posts

Ringing in the New Year Around the World

New Year in Times Square

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Though some cultures celebrate the New Year in late winter or early spring, most nations celebrate January 1st as the first day of the New Year. You can thank Emperor Julius Caesar, since January was named after the two faced Roman God Janus, and Caesar felt this symbolized transition from one year to the next. William the Conqueror also wanted January 1st to mark the New Year, as it coincided with his coronation, but it wasn’t until 1582 that Pope Gregory established the modern Gregorian calendar, and January 1st took firm root as the mark of the New Year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry ChristmasFrom all of us to all of you, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!