January – door to a new year

If there is a door to the new year, this is it – January – the first month of Gregorian or Julian calendar. Latin word Ianua means door from which the name January or Ianuarius comes. It’s so appropriate, isn’t it. The first month of the year is a new beginning – the time to forget past year’s mistakes, pains and failures and look forward to start life with new hopes.It can be the coldest month of the year if you are in Norther Hemisphere and warm enough if you are in Southern Hemisphere. In any case, we want to celebrate this month with full vigor and verve to spend a wonderful year ahead.

For us at H&K Group, we planned to know more about festivals in each month of the year, across the globe. And as a community, we want to share it with you all, discuss about these events and have some fun too.  If you have not read our first post, you can see it here.

Almost whole world celebrates 1st January with fireworks, feast, New Year wishes and of course, new year’s plans and resolutions.  But life never stops.  We go back to routines of our daily life and long for the next event to celebrate with friends and family.  But do we know that across the world there are many other days in January which are celebrated. Let us check ourselves.

In modern Israel, 15th day of their first month Shevat is celebrated as environment awareness day or ecological awareness day by planting new trees. What a good idea!!!  Why not we also plant one tree in January?  You can be a part of this celebration. You can also take part in this movement by just planting a tree or by joining a community. We all can start by planting a tree in our own backyard.

In India, around the same middle of the January people celebrate the end of winter solstice or when Sun enters the constellation of Capricorn.  In some countries beginning of the winter solstice is celebrated in the month of December or in June for Southern Hemisphere.  Hopi people in northern Arizona celebrate Soyal as winter solstice festival.  Why not plan to visit a Hopi village when you are in Arizona.  Dongzhi is the winter solstice festival in China celebrated in December.  And Chinese New Lunar Year can fall between 21st January and 21st February.  2019 is the Pig Chinese Year and you can join their celebrations.  If you are in Southwest, why not plan to spend a weekend in February to join the festival.

Do you know that from 2018, USA proclaimed January 2018 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month?

Do you know that 2nd January is a public holiday in Scotland to celebrate Hogmanay?

Overall, January is a month to start a new year with new hopes and dreams.  Home and Kitchen Group wishes you a very happy new year ahead.

 

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