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Great Moments in Travel History – January 2022

January is the first month of the year in most of the world’s calendars, and is also the coldest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the warmest in the Southern.  The origin of its name is in dispute: Some scholars believe that January is named after Janus, the god of beginnings and time, while others believe that January is named after janua, the Latin word for door, …

Friday is New Year’s Eve, Saturday is New Year’s Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

Tomorrow, Friday, is New Year’s Eve, or Silvester,  around the world and Saturday is New Year’s Day, the first day of the new year on both the Gregorian as well as the Julian calendars.
Since the holiday falls on a Saturday, many government agencies and private companies will observe it on the preceding Friday.
In ancient Rome, the first of the year was dedicated to Janus, the god of beginnings and time, …

Friday is Christmas Eve, Saturday is Christmas Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

Saturday is Christmas, a holiday that once again will marked by smaller celebrations in order to keep friends and family safe from the coronavirus.  While people in English-speaking countries greet one another with Happy or Merry Christmas, the greeting in Austria and Germany is Frohe Weihnachten, and in France it is Joyeux Noël.  Meanwhile, the holiday is a religious and cultural celebration for billions of people.
In addition to Christmas Day …

Great Moments in Travel History – December 2021

December, the first month of meteorological winter in the Northern Hemisphere, was the tenth month of the Roman calendar, and derives its name from decem, “ten” in Latin.  It is now the 12th and final month of the year, and is associated with multiple holidays including Krampus, Christmas, and Hanukkah as well as  New Year’s Eve.
The Anglo-Saxons called both December and January – the entire winter solstice period – “Ġēolamōnaþ,” …

Great Moments in Travel History – November 2021

November, the eleventh and penultimate month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, is the last full month of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and the last full month of spring in the Southern. Originally the ninth month in the calendar of Romulus, November retained its name, which is derived from the Latin “novem” or “nine.”
In the United States, November is the month of the Thanksgiving holiday, a …

Great Moments in Travel History – September 2021 Edition

September, the ninth month of the year in the Gregorian and Julian year, marks the start of the meteorological autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and the meteorological spring in the Southern.  The month gets its name from the Latin word for seven, septem, as it was the seventh month in the oldest known Roman calendar, that of Romulus, in which March was the first month.
Known as the “harvest month” in …

Great Moments in Travel History – August 2021

August, a holiday month for a good part of the world, is tied with July for the hottest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
It is the eighth month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It is named after Augustus, a Roman statesman who was the first ruler of the Roman Empire. The month was originally named Sextilis because it was the sixth month of …