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Great Moments in Travel History – January 2021

January, the first month of the year in most of the world’s calendars, is the coldest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.  The origin of its name is disputed: 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, given that January is the start of the year and …

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

Friday is Christmas Day across the globe, a holiday that this year is marked by individual 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, the holiday is a religious and cultural celebration for billions of people.
In addition …

Great Moments in Travel History – December 2020

December 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 in the Northern Hemisphere is associated with winter, multiple holidays, and New Year’s Eve. It
The Anglo-Saxons called both December and January – the entire winter solstice period – “Ġēolamōnaþ,” the Yule month. Indeed, many Yuletide customs observed by the historical Germanic …

Great Moments in Travel History – November 2020

November is the eleventh and penultimate month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars.  It  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 …

Great Moments in Travel History – October 2020

October is the month inexorably associated with Oktoberfest, a celebration of Bavarian culture and Bavarian beer that typically begins at the end of September in Munich, although it will not be held in 2020 amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
It is the tenth month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendar, is the sixth of seven months in a year that have 31 days. It was the eighth month in the old …

Great Moments in Travel History – September 2020

September, the “harvest month” in Charlegmagne’s calendar, is still called Herbstmonat, the harvest month, in Switzerland.  The month marks the start of the meteorological autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and the meteorological spring in the Southern.
The month of September gets its name from the Latin word for seven, septem. It was the seventh month in the oldest known Roman calendar in which March was the first month.
After January and February were added …

Great Moments in Travel History – August 2020

August, a holiday month for a good part of the world, is the eighth month of the year in both the Juliana and Gregorian calendars. It is named after Augustus, a Roman statesman who was the first emperor of the Roman Empire. The month was originally named Sextilis because it was the sixth month of the ten-month Roman calendar. The current name was chosen by Augustus because several of his …