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New Year's Day is the start of a new year. The actual date on which New Year's Day is celebrated has moved several times over the centuries. Many ancient peoples began their year in March, at the beginning of Spring - the start of the farmer's year and the beginning of the cycle of life. In 153 BC the Romans were the first to recognize New Year's Day on January 1st which they selected for civil reasons - it was the day after elections in which the newly elected assumed their positions.
January was named after Janus, who had two faces - one looking forward into the new year and the other looking backward into the old.
New Year Resolutions
With the new year come thoughts of new beginnings. Many of us think about our lives and ourselves and resolve to make changes.
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