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What’s January All About?

by Natasha Christopher

It’s a brand new year, everyone! Hope everyone had an amazing 2018 thus far.  January is the start of a new chapter for most people. Everyone is equipped with their new year resolution and hoping to not break it, so that’s the time you’ll see people hitting the gym and probably going on a diet. We all know for most people, the resolution will probably less than a year or a week (just saying!). So in order to appreciate the complicated yet most determined month for most people, let’s see what is January all about.
1.January is named after the Roman god Janus, who presided over doors and beginnings – appropriately enough, for the beginning of the year.  Indeed, Janus has two heads that are usually depicted with two faces looking backwards and forwards, as is often characteristic of a new year. Due to the fact that Janus is represented as “double”, most people come up with useful literary words over the years to describe materials that do literally have double facings or two-way actions.

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2. The official birthstone for January is the garnet – is mined in a rainbow of colours.  From the fiery orange of Mandarin garnet and to the most widely recognized colour of Pyrope Garnet, it is considered a great gift to symbolize friendship, good health and trust. The name “garnet” comes from the Latin word “Garanatus,” which means “seedlike,” in reference to pomegranates.
3. Hollywood’s heartthrob Orlando Bloom, renowned actor Mel Gibson, Hangover franchise actor Bradley Cooper, and nominated Oscar actor Eddie Redmayne birthdays to fall in January!

4. Believe it or not, January is the month where the most divorce happens. According to the  American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the number of divorce filings is one third higher than normal in the month of January. Similar trends are seen in the United Kingdom where1 in 5 couples plan to divorce after the holidays, according to a recent survey of 2,000 spouses by legal firm Irwin Mitchell.
5. The official flower for the month of January is the carnation. The different colours of this flower signify different meanings. For example, a white carnation symbolizes pure love and good luck, while a light red carnation is a symbolic admiration.

6. The name for this month among the Anglo-Saxons was Wulfmonath (‘Wolf month’), since it was the time of year when the wolves were unable to find food and their hunger made them bold enough to come into the villages of ancient Britain.

January people are deemed to have a certain smartness and productivity among the several traits of people born in the month of January. They are also very ambitious and diligent, the characteristics which make them highly productive at work. Although generally serious, they can also be humorous at times.

Let us know what you think about January people. Is it true?

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