Happy New Year from France!
This is the time of year where many people make New Year resolutions from what they wish to accomplish or wish to complete.
With this in mind, I did some historical research to figure out where the whole tradition started.
According to several sources, the tradition of the New Year's Resolutions goes back to 153 B.C.
Janus, the mythical king and Roman god of beginnings and the guardian of doors and entrances, was placed as the head of the calendar. He was depicted with two faces, one on the front of his head, the other on the back, and it was this that allowed him to look back on past events and look forward into the future. Thus, Janus became the ancient symbol for resolutions.
At midnight, the Romans imagined Janus looking back on the past year and forward into the New Year. Romans then began a tradition of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Eve by giving one another sacred tree branches for good fortune, which later on, coins with the god Janus’ visage or nuts became more common.
In fact, the celebration of the New Years is one of the oldest of all holidays, first observed in ancient
Babylon more than 4000 years ago. Of course, back then, the Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon or first visible crescent moon after Spring Equinox in March. According to historians, it made sense to begin the New Year in Spring, as it is the season of rebirth and when Mother Earth is ripe for planting new crops.
They go on to say that the Babylonian New Year celebration lasted for eleven days!
The Romans continued to observe the New Year in late March, however it was in 153 B.C. that the Roman senate changed the calendar and declared January 1st to be the beginning of the New Year. Calendar tampering (by various Roman emperors) continued until Julius Caesar established the Julian Calendar in 46 B.C.
Caesar allowed January 1 to continue as the New Year, however in order to synchronize the calendar with the sun, he had to let the previous year drag on for 445 days. Ave Caesar!!
Can you believe it’s already 2012? How time flies and how it seems to drag on. As we look into the coming months and the changes this year will bring, I wish you and your families good luck, fortune, health, and above all love as you make your RESOLUTIONS, may they be your REVOLUTION and your EVOLUTION, whatever they may be!
Check out the recipe and tradition below! ENJOY!
Bonjour et Bienvenue!
Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
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