So, it’s “New Year” is it? Why? Who says?

From Wikipedia,

“It is believed that Julius Caesar first proposed the idea of having January 1 as the first day of the year way back in 46 BC. This is because the month of January has been named after the Roman God Janus. Janus is personified as a two-faced person, one face facing the front and the other facing the back, and he is believed to be the God of doors and Gates. This, to Caesar, symbolized transition from one year to the other.”

Not very Christian-sounding. “According to Catholic tradition, 1 January is the day of the circumcision of Jesus (on the eighth day from his birth), when the name of Jesus was given to him”.

So, more hijacking Pagan traditions, then?

“Later, with the rise in Christianity, the New Year was associated with the incarnation of God’s son, Christ. As such, March 25, Annunciation Day or Lady Day, was considered as the beginning of New Year. This is the day when Mary was informed by the Angel Gabriel that she would bear God’s son Jesus.”

Is it? Or is it exactly nine months before the hijacking of another pagan festival, now more widely known as “Christmas”?

“The then Roman celebration of the New Year was flooded with blood and drunkenness.”

Some things stay the same…

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