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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Throwback Thursday and Happy New Year!

Throwback Thursday and Happy New Year!

New Year’s celebrations were not originally held in January.  Our distant ancestors held them in late March, when the Vernal Equinox occurs and spring begins. This was a time of new growth and new planting, so this date made sense.

We can thank the ancient Romans for changing the date to January 1st. When Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, some emperors continued to hold over-the-top New Year’s celebrations (think toga party). To counter these riotous events, the Church established a holy day on January 1st. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Whether this change by the Church calmed down New Year’s celebrations is debatable.

Have a happy and safe New Year’s celebration.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Historical Factoid #55:  
New Year’s Day was not always celebrated on January 1st.”

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““And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been”
Rainer Maria Rilke

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