January is coming to a close and February is just two days away. I can't stand the cold, so I'm looking forward to March and enjoying the lovely days of spring. But today I've posted some interesting trivia about the first and coldest month of the year from Almnac.com:
January was named for the Roman god Janus, known as the protector of gates and doorways who symbolize beginnings and endings. Janus is depicted with two faces, one looking into the past, the other with the ability to see into the future.
The months of January and also February were not originally in the ancient Roman calendar as the winter months were considered dormant, both in terms of agriculture but also in terms of making war. This was a time of peace. Until 450 BCE, the Roman calendar was 10 months, beginning in March (Martius), due to the March Equinox. Remember March was named for “Mars,” the god of War who was also an agricultural guardian.January is my least favorite month because of the cold! So here's an interesting fact from Amazingfactshome.com: January is the coldest month in the northern hemisphere. The United States record-low temperature was minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit. On January 23, 1971, a weather observer at Alaska’s Prospect Creek Camp noted this. At this temperature, the eyeballs of a person can freeze after a few seconds of exposure.