This is the first month of the year and it has 31 days. January is named after Janus, the Roman god of doors, because January is the door into the new year. Janus was also the god of beginnings. January is usually the coldest month of the year and we sometimes have snow.
January 1st is New Year’s Day, the first day of the new year, and it’s a national holiday. People usually relax at home or go out for a walk with friends or family, as long as the weather is nice. People often make New Year’s resolutions, such as lose weight, read more books, start a new hobby or give up smoking.
The third Monday in January is sometimes called Blue Monday, the saddest day of the year! The weather is often bad, the excitement of Christmas has gone and the credit card bill has arrived, we’ve put on weight over the holidays and we have broken our New Year’s resolutions.
January 25th is Burns Night, the birthday of Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns, who lived over 200 years ago. This is celebrated more in Scotland but also sometimes in England, especially by Scottish people who live here or who have Scottish families. People eat haggis, which is like a big sausage, and they also read the poetry of Robert Burns.
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