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Cheers to New Years! And The Two Faced Janus.

I have gladly joined in many a New Year Eve’s celebration.

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Watching fireworks and happily counting down the last seconds until the midnight chime clangs and the year moves from one into another.

A Bit of History.

The new year wasn't always celebrated in January.

The Ancient Roman calendar used to follow the lunar cycle, and had the new year beginning in March. Aligning with the equinox

Caesar decided to begin his new ‘Julian’ Calendar

starting the new year in January. This

was done to honor the Roman god Janus.

Janus has two faces, and is able to look back into the past and forward into the future simultaneously.

Seeing the past year and the year still to come.

The two faces of the god Janus.

Throwing a Party.

This term, throwing a party, always reminds me of the Musical 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' which has absolutely nothing to do with this article except for the party bit!

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Rocky Horror Picture Show

Anyway, it is rumoured that those Ancient Romans knew how to party putting our modern day celebrations to shame.

Romans celebrated by offering sacrifices to Janus, exchanging gifts with one another, decorating their homes with laurel branches and attending raucous parties.

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A Global Celebration.

However, on New Years Eve there is a lot of celebrating all around the globe.

The Spaniards Eat 12 grapes, one for each stroke of midnight.

And while the Spanish are busy eating Grapes, in the USA champagne is flowing to cheer in the New Year.

In Scotland Whiskey is served all whilst singing the sentimental ballad ‘Auld Lang Syne’.

While many make New Year resolutions to make the next year the 'Best Year Ever'.

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New Year’s Eve is full of so many traditions that we can be choosy about the ones we want to follow and those we don't.

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Which ever way you choose to celebrate

Here is Cheers to the New Years!

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