We didn’t do anything to celebrate the New Year. We didn’t watch the ball drop last night because we needed our sleep. I had to work. So, it was just another day today.
I have often felt that our calendar begins the New Year at a very bad time. New Year’s Day is only a week after Christmas so there is something of an anti-climax. The year begins in the dead of winter when days are still short and it is often cloudy, so the year begins at the most depressing time of the year. I think it would be better if the new year began at the end of one season and the beginning of another, preferably at the first day of spring, March 21. Beginning the year in the middle of a month might be awkward, so I would settle for either March 1 or April 1.
We start the new year on January 1, because our calendar, the Gregorian Calendar is ultimately based on the calendar used by the ancient Romans. Under the old Roman calendar, the new year began when the two consuls began their terms. This was on May 1 before 222 BC, March 15 from 222 BC until 153 BC, and then January 1. When Julius Caesar reformed the calendar, he kept January 1 as the first day of the year and we have been stuck with it ever since. Actually, during the Middle Ages, some countries in Europe did begin the year in spring.For example, England began the year on March 25. When the Gregorian Calendar was introduced and adopted throughout Europe, this regional diversity came to an end and everyone acknowledged January 1 as New Year’s Day, unfortunately.
Maybe I could start some sort of campaign to change the date of New Year’s. I could put up petitions on the Internet, lobby Congress, request the change from President Obama, even appeal to Pope Francis. Nah. It’s cold outside and dark and we’re expecting snow and it all seems like an awful amount of work. Maybe I’ll wait until spring.
I hope everyone has a wonderful 2014.
- New Year Day (hyattractions.wordpress.com)
- The meaning and mystery of New Years Day (thenewstribune.com)
- Since when is New Year’s Day on January 1st? (bonvoyageurs.com)
- How January 1 Became the First Day of the Year (dotwillis.wordpress.com)
- New Year’s Day – History.com This Day in History – 1/1/45 B.C. (worldhistoryreview.org)
- New Year’s Day is too soon after Christmas. Let’s move it back to its proper place – in March (blogs.telegraph.co.uk) Hey, I’m not the only one!
- New Year’s Day Spent in Bed (icelandreview.com) I wish.