Why January 1 Begins the New Year

Why January 1 Begins the New Year

January 1 (2)2019 is fast approaching and across the world celebrations are being readied to recognize the new year. People are preparing their resolutions, pondering their New Year’s toasts and making big plans for the event. Why do we celebrate the new year on January 1? In reality, it could actually have begun at any point on the calendar. It seems the best day would have been the winter solstice the day with least sunlight. At other times in history and in various cultures it was on different dates and at completely different periods of the calendar. So how did January 1 begin as New Year’s Day? We can most thank Julius Caesar for that … 2064 years ago … and not 2019 years ago. Huh? The History Channel explains the origin of the modern new year. Regardless of what date we celebrate the passing of a year, it’s a good time to reflect on the past, give hope for the future and ponder how we can make improvement in our daily lives. But sometimes, it’s fun to step back and look at why we do the things we do, like celebrate the new year on January 1.