It was none other than Julius Caesar, the emperor of Rome, who was the first to declare January 1st a national holiday.
He named the month after Janus, the Roman god of gates and doors.
Janus had two faces: one looking forward, and the other looking back. Caesar felt that a month named after this god would be appropriate, and that's how "January" came to be.
There's no denying that when it comes to holidays celebrated the same day in many parts of the world, New Year's is high on the list.
It must mean something that we get the day off (at least in the U.S.), right?
No matter where you are, here's to a Happy New Year for all!