Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 10 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
January & February
Robert Burns. Robert Burns was known as the 'Bard of Ayrshire', he died on July 21st, 1796, aged 37. An annual 'Burns Night' is held on his birthdate, January 25th.
Scotland. There are many theories for the origins of the word Hogmanay, including the Anglo Saxon 'Haleg Monath', meaning holy month, and the Gaelic 'Oge Maidne', meaning new morning. Whatever the origins, there are few places on the planet that know how to throw a better New Year's bash than Scotland.
Orange. This is just one of a variety of ways in which Hindus celebrate the New Year. For instance, the people of West Bengal like to wear flowers at New Year, and they use flowers in the colors of pink, red, purple or white. Women like to wear yellow, which is the color of spring.
'Frankenstein'. Mary Shelley's classic novel was published on January 1st, 1818.
Guy Lombardo. Born in London, Ontario, Guy Lombardo traditionally welcomed the New Year at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan.
Samhain. The word means 'Summer's End' and the festival took place in October.
They begin to laugh. The laughter is supposed to bring them good luck in the New Year.
Babylonian. The king would be gone for a few days and everyone would do whatever they liked. Then the king would return, in a grand procession, dressed in fine robes. Then, everyone had to return to work and behave properly. Thus, each New Year, the people made a new start to their lives.
The Festival of Saint Basil. Saint Basil was famous for his kindness, and Greek children leave their shoes by the fire on New Year's Day, with hope that he will come and fill the shoes with gifts.
Festival of Aesculapius. January is named after the Roman God Janus, who was always shown with two heads, or two faces. He looked back to the last year and forward to the new one.