#EngKnowledge: The origin of ‘January’

The Roman god of beginnings and endings, Janus

The month ‘January’ was named after the Roman god of beginnings and endings, Janus. The name has its beginnings in Roman mythology, coming from the Latin word for DOOR (ianua), because ‘January’ is the door to the year.  Janus is the god of doors, gates, doorways, bridges,  and passageways, all of which symbolize beginnings and endings. He also represented transition, such as the time between youth and adulthood.

Janus is usually described as having two heads that face opposite directions. The god Saturn bestowed upon him an ability to see into the future and past. Therefore, in January, we’re expected to look back at the year behind us to introspect our mistakes, and be grateful for the past year. After introspecting, we shall look forward to the future year. We make well-meaning resolutions and do our best for the year ahead.


Compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4u on Saturday,  January 9, 2016


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