Our much celebrated, New Year’s Day is mingled with the holy rite of circumcision. I was curious why the dark, wintry day of January 1st had become the celebrated New Year’s Day and the beginning of a New Year.
The History of January 1st goes something like this:
The Romans dedicated the 1st of January to the god Janus — some kind of god of the gates or doors, a god with two faces, looking backward and looking forward.
Then when Julius Caesar was murdered, the Senate voted to honor him on January 1.
Some countries celebrated the New Year in the Spring — on the Spring Equinox and March 25th — in celebration of the Annunciation of Jesus (when the Angel Gabriel informed Mary of her divine calling). Springtime is probably more appropriate to begin a new year.