For the majority of the world, January is all about new beginnings, resolutions, and happy moments. Even if you don’t find January particularly special, you will, after reading about all the interesting facts associated with this month.
In this article, we will share some of the most interesting facts about January, including what it symbolizes, what this month means for the world, and everything associated with it. So read on!
27 Most Interesting January Facts to Start the New Year with
The month of January is named after a Roman god, Janus, who is symbolized by two heads. Janus’s one head is to look back and reflect on the year passed, and the other one is to look forward and embrace the year ahead.
Despite January being a symbol of hope, it is also the month in which couples separate or divorce each other the most, as compared to all the other months. Maybe they take the whole concept of “new beginnings” more seriously?
As you can expect, the people born in January are represented by the number one. They are said to be leaders, motivated, and independent. The most famous birthdays in the month of January include Jeff Bezos, Michelle Obama, Muham ad Ali, Oprah Winfrey, Elvis Presley, and Ellen Degeneres. As you can tell, all of them are high achievers.
There has been a Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, that has happened every year in January since 1890. It is broadcasted all over the world and is watched in more than 100 countries.
The birthstone of people born in January is garnet. Garnet is a gemstone that comes in almost every colour, the most beautiful being red and orange.
The January of every leap year starts on the same day as July and April.
Wulf Monath is one of the most historical and bizarre names of January. The name comes from the Anglo-Saxons and is related to the times when hungry wolves in this month would come out for scavenging. It was called Wintermanoth by King Charlemagne, which means the cold winter month.
The original Roman calendars only used to have 10 months. Their calendar did not have January or February as these two months were regarded as the “Dead Period.” Thanks to King Numa Pompilius, Rome’s 2nd king, January, and February, were added to the Roman calendar. Although it only had 30 days at the time, he added these months to the calendar so that they would be equal to a lunar year.
Finally, Julius Caesar added the last day to the month of January, making it 31-days old.
January is a lucky year for several states since they officially became “states” in this month. In fact, seven U.S. states became official in the month of January in the span of 171 years. These include Alaska, New Mexico, Georgia, Connecticut, Michigan, Utah, and Kansas.
The coldest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere is January. In contrast, July is the coldest month of the year in the Southern Hemisphere.
People in the UK celebrate Dry January to encourage people to quit alcohol and promote public health.
There are two zodiac signs in January, Capricorn, which lasts until the 19th., and Aquarius, which stays for the rest of the month. Capricorns are represented by the goat sign and tend to be stubborn and persistent.
In contrast, Aquarians are known to be more easy-going and relaxed. The people born between 17th and 23rd January fall between both the signs and carry both set of traits.
If you are a fan of show-biz, you will be glad to know that it was in January when the first-ever Emmy Awards took place. They were held on January 25, 1949.
According to the Gregorian and Julian calendars, January is the first of the seven months to have 31 days in the year.
The birth flower of January is dianthus caryophyllus, also known as carnation in layman’s terms. The carnation is a beautiful flower that comes in red, purple, pink, and similar hues. It is found in the Mediterranean region.
However, no one knows where it originated from. It has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years. Carnations are also one of the most long-lasting flowers and will last you several days in a vase.
January is one of the most significant months in the U.S. It was in January when Ellis Island opened. The opening of this island paved the way for immigrants. As a result, more than 20 million people were allowed to immigrate through this island.
Australia’s first Penal Colony was founded in January by the Britishers in 1788. This was done to create ease for the swamped English prisons.
On the 24th of January, the monarchy in Hawaii ended when Queen Liliuokalani had to resign forcefully.
London opened the world’s first underground railway in January of 1863. It was a world-famous event. The city is still famous for its underground subway system, known as the “Tube.”
January was regarded as the bridge between the past and the future by the Ancient Romans. This cold month was symbolized as a period of reflection where people would reflect upon the past and plan for the months ahead.
In 1933, there was a huge avalanche of snow in California where more than 60 inches of snow came falling down on the Giant Forest Weather Station. This was the most snowfall that California had ever received. As a result of this blizzard, thousands of citizens were stranded on the roads for days.
Every year, Americans celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 16th.1929, to commemorate this influential figure’s birthday. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. He achieved several milestones for the African Americans and is considered a hero among them.
January is called Lanuarius in Latin, Enero in Spanish, Janvier in French, yiyuè in Mandarin, Gennaio in Italian, and Januar in Danish.
Howard Carter, in January of 1924, opened the doors to the last shrine of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun. This revealed the sarcophagus stone of the Pharaoh, after which the shrine wall was demolished, and all the valuables inside were looted.
Ever since this incident, most of the people who were involved have died mysteriously by what is known as the curse of the tomb. Pretty chilling, right?
For Brazilians, January is more than just a month. In fact, it is a part of the 2nd biggest city in the country. When the Portuguese invaded Brazil in 1502, they docked on the South American coast in Guanabara Bay.
Since they landed on January 1, they named the coast Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro in Portuguese means “River of January.”
Did you know that January 2 is considered the unluckiest day of the year? Since it falls right after the festive New Year, people from Medieval times thought that January 2 was a very unlucky day.
According to them, doing anything significant on that day would lead to death or bad events. Although we don’t know if people still believe that, it is surely a great excuse not to do anything all day!
The full moon in the month of January is called the Wolf Moon, according to some native cultures. The reason behind this is that farmers used to hear extremely loud howls of wolves whenever there was a full moon in January. As a result, they dubbed the full moon of January the wolf moon.
Watch this video for 10 interesting and Unknown facts about the people who are born in the month of January. You should know these facts, especially if your birth month is January.
While January may be the month of new beginnings and plans, it is important that you dream big and focus on your goals and New Year’s resolutions throughout the year. We hope you learned something new from these interesting January facts. If January is not your birth month, stay tuned for more facts about your birth month.