The modern celebration of the New Year on January 1st dates back to the days of Julius Caesar, who changed the celebration of the new year from the Spring Equinox in March to January 1st in honor of the Roman god Janus. Janus was the god of change & beginnings, and was always depicted with two faces: one looking behind, the other ahead.
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Sarah is a historian with a BA in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She mostly focuses on European and religious history, but also enjoys branching out to the rest of the world. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Library and Information Science at San Jose State University, with an end-goal of expanding digital archives (like this one!) to be as open-access and as widely available as possible. View more posts