New Year's Day

Origin of New Year's DayThe double-faced god, Janus
Julius Caesar was the first emperor to start New Year's Day in 46 B.C. The first New Year's was celebrated with the order of Julius to kill off the Jews in Rome, so the first day New Year's was celebrated was a LOT bloodier than the modern New Year's Day in America... Thank goodness!

The Actual Date
Since waaay back in 46 B.C., New Year's has been celebrated on January 1st.

Other Interesting Tid-Bits
The idea of New Year's resolutions began in 153 B.C. Janus, the mythical god of Rome of whom the month January was named after, is depicted as a two-faced god, which one face looking at the past, and one looking toward the future. He became known as the god that looked forward to a new and bright future, and the Romans began making resolutions and asking for forgiveness from past enemies to ensure a better future for themselves in following of this god.

Citations
http://www.answerbag.com
http://www.simpletoremember.com/vitals/NewYearsHistory.htm

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