Happy New Year!!

The New Year has already started around the world. In a few short hours the European countries will start celebrating their new year.

The new year always makes us think of the year to come. Things we want to accomplish or change. We generally all make a resolution or two. What might your resolutions be?

If you are not aware the new years celebrations we know today were not always celebrated and were not on January 1 until 153 BC when the Roman Empire changed the date. This is actually when the months of January and February were added to the calendar. March 1 had been the date of the new year as it coincided with the Roman calendar up to that point and is when the Roman Consuls (the highest office you could hold) were appointed for their one year tenure. The second king of Rome, Numa Pontilius changed this.

At one point around the year 567 medieval Europe outlawed the celebrations of the new year because they thought of the tradition as a pagan tradition. However, in 1582 the Gregorian calendar reform restored the new year to be on January 1st. Most Catholic countries adopted the change immediately but some Protestant countries, such as England, drug their feet about the change and finally adopted the same calendar in 1752. Until this time the British Empire and colonies and the American colonies all celebrated the new year on March 1 still.

In any language or culture around the world, we here at Roanoke Landscapes wish you the happiest, healthiest, and blessed 2016 imaginable!

Auguri…Buon Anno (Italian),
Feliz Año Nuevo (Spanish),
Gelukkig Nieuwjaar (Dutch),
Bonne Année (French),
Ein Glückliches Neues Jahr (German),
Gott Nytt År (Swedish),
Kul ‘am Wa Antum Bikhair (Arabic),
Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu (Japanese),
Xin Nian Yu Kuai (Mandarin Chinese),
Godt NytÅr (Danish),
Onnellista Uutta Vuotta (Finnish),
Eutychismenos o Kainourgios Chronos (Greek),
Shana Tova (Hebrew),
Godt Nytt År (Norwegian),
Szczesliwego Nowego Roku (Polish),
Chuc Mung Nam Moi (Vietnamese),
Mutlu Yıllar (Turkish),
С новым годом (Russian),
Hauoli Makahiki Hou (Hawaiian),
Selamat Tahun Baru (Indonesian (Bahasa)),
Manigong Bagong Taon (Tagalog, Phillipines),
Sawatdee Pi Mai (Thai),
La Multi Ani si Un An Nou Fericit (Romanian),
Sehe Bokmanee Bateuseyo (Korean),
Felix Sit Annus Novus (Latin)….Happy New Year!

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Please leave us a comment and tell us your New Year’s Traditions or where you are from! We would love to know! Happy New Year!!

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