Although we know January as the first month of the year, it didn’t even exist in the Roman calendar where the first month was March! However, January was eventually added to honor Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and endings, which is perfect given its position in the calendar year.
Janus was often depicted with two faces because he looked both forward and backward. The month of January also has two “faces” depending upon your location. If you are in the northern hemisphere, then January is the coldest month of the year. In the southern hemisphere, January is the hottest month. To those living in Europe centuries ago, January became known as Wulfmonath (wolf month) because the wolves would come down from the mountains into the villages to search for food. In Germany, January is known as schneemond or snow month because of the record amounts of snow falling during these 31 days of the year.
As the first month of the year, it is fitting that January is a month of firsts. The first Super Bowl game was in January of 1967, the first heart transplant was in January of 1964, the first national flag of America was unveiled in January of 1776, and the first female governor of the US was inaugurated in January of 1925.
Babies born in January are Capricorns if born by the 20th and have the sign of Aquarius if born in the latter part of the month. As such, you can expect your January baby to have many wonderful traits including intelligence, patience, self-motivation, and determination.
January babies have the garnet as their birthstone. Though the most common color is red, garnets can come in a rainbow of colors. Garnets symbolize peace, prosperity, and health. Some legends suggest that a person wearing a garnet will have eternal happiness, health, and wealth.
Continuing with the theme that January has two “faces”, we find that January has two birth flowers: the snowdrop and the carnation. The snowdrop, a delicate white flower, symbolizes hope and beauty. The carnation adds love, fascination, and charm to the list.
January is best known for New Year’s Day and the ensuing resolutions. However, there are more reasons to celebrate. January is the month for celebrating hobbies, blood donors, books, and thankfulness. During the month, you can also celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr (third Monday), World Peace (1st), J.R.R. Tolkien (3rd), Three Kings Day (6th), Winnie the Pooh (18th), and Rubber Duckies (28th) to name just a few.
If you are hoping to have a doctor in your family, you may just be in luck. Statistics show that a high number of General Practitioners are born in January, along with accountants. Hoping for a different profession? Never fear, January is also full of celebrities like Elvis Presley, Oprah Winfrey, and Justin Timberlake, as well as famous author Tolkien, politician Alexander Hamilton, scientist and statesman Benjamin Franklin, and astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
No matter what occupation your child chooses, those born in January are usually successful because of their attitude to persevere. Don’t be surprised if getting them to change gears from one activity to the next is difficult, but be ready to see great things from your January baby.