Here are 12 Facts about the month of January
- January was named by the Romans after the God Janus (the God of beginnings and transitions).
- January is the coldest month for most in the Northern Hemisphere but the warmest for most in the Southern Hemisphere.
- January was known as the wolf month by the Anglo-Saxons as wolves use to come to the villages in the winter to search for food.
- January is one of seven months with 31 days.
- The Saxons believed that January had one of the unluckiest days of the year (the 2nd) and that those unfortunate enough to be born on this date would suffer an unpleasant death.
- The birthstone for January is the garnet
- The flower for January is the carnation
- More couples separate or divorce in January than in any other month
- The zodiac signs for January are Capricorn (December 22 – January 19) and Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
- The first recorded reference to a “January sale” in the UK was in 1865 (151 years ago!)