3 More Fun Facts About New Year’s Day

First New Year’s Day

Did you know the first New Year’s Day was celebrated on January 1, 45 B.C., the first day of the new Julian calendar? Julius Caesar walked around saying, “What a New Year’s Ever party! I am SO hungover.”

One of his friends said, “Big J, ummmmm, we didn’t have a New Year’s Eve party last night. This is the first year of the new calendar.”

“OK, so why am I so hungover?”

“It’s Rome, Big J, we celebrate every night.”

Janus Joplin

In Rome, New Year’s Day was dedicated to the god of new beginnings, Janus. Janus is often shown as having two faces, one face looking back to the past, the other to the future.

You could depict your “best friend” the same way, you know, the one you told a super-duper secret and they promised not to tell anyone. Later you found out they told your sister and she let it out over Snapchat. You confronted your “BFF” and she denied it, of course. I suggest you learn about Adrestia, the Norse god of revenge. Make things right — we never saw nuthin’.

Naming and Circumcision

New Year’s Day is also the day of the Feast of the Naming and Circumcision of Jesus in the Christian church. I also mark several days of the year to celebrate past surgeries and medical challenges. This year I’ll celebrate the Feast of the Broken Femur, the Feast of the Portal Vein Blood Clot and the Celebration of the Migraines Brought On by Leaving a Putt Two Feet Short.

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Eat Your Salad

One New Year’s tradition says the more leafy greens you eat, the more successful you will be. The year Facebook went public, Mark Zuckerberg ate 37 salads on New Year’s Day.

One Million People

One million people will converge on Times Square . Only 500,000 will be there for the ball drop. The other 500,000 think the Knicks are about to win a game.

Baby New Year

Baby New Year is the iconic baby in a top hat who most symbolizes the new year. Baby New Year is also a prolific rapper, best known fof the hits “Auld Lang Gang Syne” and “New Year, New Deals on Big Screen TVs.”

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God of Doors

The Romans dedicated New Year’s Day to Janus, the god of doors, gates and openings. If that’s the case, why didn’t they dedicate the end of the year to the Roman God Anus, the god of endings and exits?

Gonna Lose Weight and Run Every Day – Yeah, Right

Folks in Tudor, England used to celebrate New Year’s Day on March 25. This happened before the Gregorian calendar, but I kind of like it since I don’t get my New Year’s resolutions started until around March 25th anyway.

America’s Religion

New Year’s Day has been an important day through history for many religions, and that is still the case in America today.

The most important religion in America is football. There were some routs on New Year’s Day in 2016.

-Stanford beat Iowa 45-16 in the Rose Bowl.

-Michigan stuffed Florida 41-7 in the Citrus Bowl.

-Ohio State crushed the Fighting Irish 44-28 in the Fiesta Bowl.

-Heck, let’s go ahead and count a Dec. 31 game in this tally because Alabama SPANKED Michigan State 38-0 in the Cotton Bowl.

Let’s be honest: the Big Ten didn’t come out so well in this series of games, but my take right now is in the religion of football, the Big Ten has to do less praying and more testifying…to the spirit of winning.

3 Crazy Facts About New Year’s Eve

In many countries, New Year’s Eve is known as Saint Sylvester’s Day. No, they didn’t make Sylvester the Cat into a saint. Saint Sylvester used to be plain old Pope Sylvester before he was promoted. He was pope from 314 until he died in 335. He was buried on Dec 31st, 335, and that day remains Saint Sylvester’s Day in many German-speaking countries. One historian I talked to told me, “I still think they should make Sylvester the Cat into a saint. Or at least Wile E. Coyote.”

In Quebec, Canada, many people go ice fishing on New Year’s Eve. Sounds like fun. At least you have plenty of ice for your cocktail.

In Mexico, they’ve adopted a tradition from Spain called the 12 grapes. You eat 12 grapes in 12 seconds, one for each of the final bongs of the clock on the New Year’s countdown. They say it’s harder than it looks. Come on!

“Twelve, eleven, ten, oops…,nine, wait, back up, oops, dropped another one, WAAAAIIIITTTT!!!