January: The End of the Past, and the Beginning of the Future

| Community | January 24, 2019

By Natalia Radcliffe

For those following the Gregorian calendar, January is marked as the first month of the year.

For many people, this month is a time of New Years resolutions. It is an opportunity to reflect on past years and create new goals for the future.

Ever wonder why we choose January, rather than any other month of the year, as the time to do this?

Perhaps it is merely a coincidence, perhaps not.


According to britannica.com, the root of the word January is derived from the name Janus, who, in Roman mythology, was the “god of all beginnings” (“Janus”).

The deity is often depicted as having two faces, representing the ability to look both backwards and forwards.

People worshipped him at the start of the New Year, both calendrical and agricultural. It is no coincidence, then, why we choose January as the month to reminisce about the past and plan for the future.

We are merely living up to its origin, after all.

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