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What are some fun facts about January?

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One fun fact about January is that it was named after Janus, the Roman god. January was made the first month of the year via the Georgian calendar which has been adopted by most of the world.

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According the Anglo-Saxons, January was known as the wolf month because of the wolves who would search the villages for food during this time.

January was added to Rome's 10-month calendar by its ruler, Numa Pompilius, in 700 B.C.. He gave 30 days to the month of January, and Romans later made it the first month of the year. January currently has 31 days because Julius Caesar later added a day to it.

In the northern half of the world, January is the coldest month of the year. The cold makes birds travel less than usual and sends bears into hibernation. In the southern half of the world, January is the warmest month of the year, during which both animals and plans thrive.

In the language of flowers, January's symbol is the snowdrop and carnation. In the language of gems, the month is represented by a garnet, which itself represents constancy.

In the horoscope, the month of January shares two Zodiac signs: Capricorn, which lasts from December 22 to January 19, and Aquarius, which lasts through the end of the month and until February 18.

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