Happy January Birthday Images
Here are our free Happy January Birthday images themed around the January birthstone Garnet, with our compliments. Wishing everyone all the best for 2024!
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Gregorian Birthstone Poem for January
By her who in this month (January) is born
No gem save garnets should be worn;
They will ensure her constancy,
True friendship, and fidelity.
January Birthday Symbols
Birthstone color: Deep Red
Birth flower: Carnation
Zodiac star sign: Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 20)
Zodiac star sign: Aquarius (Jan 21 - Feb 19)
Happy January Birthday Cards
If you are looking for original, paper birthday cards for January - have look at these stunning handmade ones we found on Etsy, themed around January birthday flowers and January's birthstone. Click on the images or links to go to that artist's shop for further details.
Kindly note that these images are copyright the artists and their permission is required to use them, thank you (we have permission).
Let's explore some intriguing tales and fascinating facts surrounding the month of January:
The Origins and Symbolism of January
Named After Janus
January derives its name from the Roman god Janus, who is often depicted with two faces. One face gazes into the past, while the other looks toward the future. Janus symbolizes beginnings and endings, making him a fitting guardian for this first month of the year.
The Romans would make promises to Janus and exchange good wishes during this time (1).
Historical Calendar Shift
In ancient Rome, January and February were not part of the original calendar. These winter months were considered dormant, both agriculturally and in terms of warfare.
Until 450 BCE, the Roman calendar consisted of 10 months, beginning with March (named after the god of War, Mars). It was only later that January found its place as the gateway to the new year (1).
Notable Dates and Traditions in January
New Year’s Day (January 1)
As the year begins, we celebrate New Year’s Day. While recovering from the previous night’s festivities, consider learning about lesser-known New Year’s traditions and perhaps indulge in some Hoppin’ John for good luck.
Twelfth Night (January 5)
An English folk custom marking the end of Christmas merrymaking.
In ancient Celtic tradition, it also signifies the end of the 12-day winter solstice celebration.
On Twelfth Night, people would toast each other from the wassail bowl.
Epiphany (January 6)
According to the New Testament, the Magi (three wise men or kings) venerated and brought gifts to the infant Jesus on this date.
Try baking a beautiful Epiphany Tart or a King Cake with a lucky bean hidden inside!
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 15)
Held on the third Monday in January, this holiday honors the principles of the civil rights leader and Nobel Prize winner dedicated to nonviolence.
Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday (January 17)
Celebrate the world-renowned statesman, inventor, scientist, and his fascination with agriculture (1).
Fun Facts About January
Janus and His Two Heads
Janus, the god after whom January is named, always appears with two faces—one looking back and the other forward.
Oddly enough, couples tend to separate or divorce more in January than in any other month (2).
Ellis Island Opens
Originally, January had 30 days, but Julius Caesar added the 31st day, making it the way we know it today (3).
So, as we step through the doorway of January, let’s embrace its rich history, celebrate its traditions, and look forward to the adventures this new year holds!
Happy January Birthday to that special person! Hope you found the card you were looking for and have a lovely day. *Mandy.