Friday, 1 January 2016
Changing the New Year
Here in England, the date of the beginning of the new year has changed many times during our history.
When William the Conqueror first placed his Norman boots on English soil, he decided to do away with the old Anglo Saxon New Year celebration of the Winter Solstice on the 25th December, he forced us to celebrate it on the 1st of January, so it would fit in nicely with the organisation of his coronation.
No doubt the king went around shouting that it was his idea, but it wasn't, in fact it was Julius Caesar's. Caesar decided that the God Janus, represented the New Year very well seeing as he could look into the past and the future at the same time. So everyone dressed up fancy clothes, (togas were a big favourite,) went around being nice to one another, doing as little work as possible, and consuming large amount of wine, dates, figs and honey.
More on the changes to the New Year can be read on my blog at