Dec 30, 2011

Happy New Year with a Google Doodle

Google wishes us a happy new year with a Google Doodle. 

Top 5 facts about New Year's Day:

1. "Happy New Year" is a holiday greeting.

2. New Year's Day is on January 1,  the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar.

3. The Romans dedicated this day to Janus, the god of gates, doors, and beginnings. The month originally owes its name to the deity Janus, who had two faces, one looking forward and the other looking backward. This suggests that New Year's celebrations are founded on pagan traditions.

4. Among the 7th century pagans of Flanders and the Netherlands, it was the custom to exchange gifts at the New Year.

5. This day is traditionally a religious feast, but since the 1900s has also become an occasion to celebrate the night of December 31, called New Year's Eve

via: Google, Wikipedia, YouTube

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