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ENERO (eh-NAY-roh)

The Spanish word for January
clues: Diciembre follower; January in Juarez; Ano starter; Calendario page; Summer month in Argentina; Hot time in Chile; First mes; Juan’s January
Crossword puzzle frequency: 5 times a year
Cancun January

Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account ~ Oscar Wilde

January is the first month of the year in the Gregorian calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days.

Les Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry; Janvier

(showing the day of exchanging gifts in January)

January begins (astrologically) with the sun in the sign of Capricorn and ends in the sign of Aquarius. Astronomically speaking, the sun begins in the constellation of Sagittarius and ends in the constellation of Capricornus.

January is named for Janus(Ianuarius), the god of the doorway and beginnings in Roman mythology.

The original Roman calendar consisted of 10 months (304 days). The Romans originally considered winter a monthless period. Circa 700 BCE Romulus' successor, King Numa Pompilius, added the months of January and February allowing the calendar to equal a standard lunar year (364 days). A Roman superstition against even numbers resulted in the addition of one day thus equaling 365 days. Although March was originally the first month, January usurped that position because that was when consuls were usually chosen.

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