Did you know that New Years day has been celebrated for thousands of years? The oldest known celebration dates back 4,000 years to ancient Babylon. The New Years that we celebrate today is a bit more recent. It began in 43 B.C. in Rome, when Julius Caesar updated an ancient calendar that had fallen out of sync with the sun. He added the months of July and August, and instituted January 1st as the beginning of the year. It seemed fitting since January is named after the Janus, the Roman god of new beginnings. We have transgressed past New Years being a celebration of a religious deity, but we still hold true to the celebration of new beginnings. The whole country becomes brighter, happier, and unified for a night. And one way we capture that feeling is through parades! There are many New Years parades out there, but just two that stand well above the rest.
Taxes can be really confusing. There is so much subtle lingo involved in each step of the process that it’s easy to get thrown through a loop. But besides asking yourself the annual questions of, “Am I doing this right?” and “What does that mean?,” I think we all have the same questions in the […]
Like all countries, America has a unique tradition of Christmas. We celebrate Christmas on December 25th because that date appeared on a Roman calendar from 336 A.D. as the birthday of Jesus Christ. Here, we begin the Christmas season on Black Friday, celebrate with greetings of “Merry Christmas,” drink eggnog, and await a visit from […]