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Dec
16
Mon
2019
Vijay Diwas
Dec 16 all-day
Vijay Diwas

वर्ष १९७१ में भारत और पाकिस्तान के बीच युद्ध हुआ था। आजादी के बाद यह पहला मौका था, जब भारतीय सेना ने किसी युद्ध की योजना बनाई और उसे कामयाबी से पूरा किया। इस युद्ध के दौरान हमारे जवानों ने 93,000 कैदियों को पकड़ा था।

Dec
19
Thu
2019
Goa Liberation Day
Dec 19 all-day
Goa Liberation Day

The Portuguese colonised India in 1510, conquering many parts of the western coast and establishing several colonies in the east. By the end of the 19th century, Portuguese colonies in India were limited to Goa, Daman, Diu, Dadra, Nagar Haveli and Anjediva Island. Portuguese control of its Indian colonies ended when India invaded Goa in 1961 and incorporated the territories into the Indian Union.

After independence of the India on 15 August 1947, Goa people also started movement to free to Goa from Portuguese rule. Portuguese armed forces opened fire during 15 August 1955 movement when approx 8,000 people were marched to Goa free. During 1955 movement Portuguese troops killed 32 people on the spot and 225 people were deeply injured.

Indian Government sent approx 30,000 ground troops along with naval and air forces. This operation named was “Operation Vijay” which was started from 17 December 1961. In Operation Vijay, 30 armed forces were killed of the Portuguese along with 22 military killed of the Indian army. This operation was run during 36 hours while no large level violence occurred during operation. At last Governor General of the Goa Vassalo Da Silva declared Goa state as free from Portuguese rule on 18 December 1961. Finally, Goa state became as part of the India on 19 December 1961 when Indian Armed Forces under a daring, audacious and swift operation liberated Goa from the Portuguese. The deposed governor general of Portugal in India manuel antonio vassalo e-silva surrendered to the then Chief of Army Staff general Pran Nath Thapar. The War Memorial at Indian Naval Ship Gomantak was constructed in memory of seven young gallant sailors and other personnel who laid down their lives on 19 Dec 1961 in the “Operation Vijay” undertaken by the Indian Navy for liberation of Anjadiv Island and Territories of Goa, Daman and Diu from the portuguese rule.

Goa Government celebrate “Goa Liberation Day” on 19-December as public holiday every year. People celebrate holiday and remember sacrificed of the freedom fighters of the Goa who lots their life during movement from 1955 to 1961.

Dec
22
Sun
2019
Shortest Day of Year
Dec 22 all-day
Shortest Day of Year

A Solstice is when the sun either reaches the highest or lowest point in the sky depending on where you are in the world. It is an astronomical event that happens twice, once in summer and once in winter, each year when the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the North or South Pole. During Solstices the tilt of the axil of the Earth (with respect to the Sun) is the maximum at 23° 26′.

Solstices occur on 20th or 21st June and 21st or 22nd December each year. During summer the day of the solstice is the longest day of the year and during winter the day of the solstice is the shortest day of the year. When the North Pole is tilted furthest away from the sun this is when the winter solstice exactly occurs.

During June it is Summer Solstice in the Northern hemisphere and Winter Solstice in the Southern hemisphere. In other words on June Solstice it is summer time in the UK, the USA, Canada, Russia, India, and China and it is the longest day of the year while it is winter time in Australia, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa and it is the shortest day of the year.

Similarly during December it is Winter Solstice in the Northern hemisphere and Summer Solstice in the Southern hemisphere. In other words during December Solstice it is winter time in the UK, the USA, Canada, Russia, India and China and it is the shortest day of the year while it is summer time in Australia, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa and it is the longest day of the year.

To avoid any confusion Solstices are preferably referred as June Solstice (Northern Solstice) and December Solstice (Southern Solstice). Winter Solstice is also known as Hibernal Solstice. Throughout history, the solstice is seen as a marking point and signal for ancient cultures to harvest or start their animals mating.

Srinivasa Ramanujan Birth Anniversary
Dec 22 all-day
Srinivasa Ramanujan Birth Anniversary

The great mathematician of India, Srinivasa Ramanujan, did such the work only at the age of 32 years, which can be compared rarely. That is why he is considered to be one of the greatest mathematicians of modern times. His birth anniversary is also celebrated as ‘”National Mathematics Day” in India. Srinivasa Ramanujan was a largely self-taught pure mathematician. He was one of India’s greatest mathematical geniuses. Hindered by poverty and ill-health, his highly original work has considerably enriched the analytical theory of numbers and worked on elliptic functions, continued fractions, infinite series and, more recently, physics.

Srinivas Iyengar Ramanujan was born in his grandmother’s house in Erode, a small village about 400 km southwest of Madras on December 22, 1887. When Ramanujan was a year old his mother took him to the town of Kumbakonam, about 160 km nearer Madras. His father worked in Kumbakonam as a clerk in a cloth merchant’s shop. When he was nearly five years old, Ramanujan entered the primary school in Kumbakonam and attended several different primary schools before entering the Town High School in Kumbakonam in January 1898. At the Town High School, Ramanujan showed himself an able all round scholar. In 1900 he began to work on his own on mathematics summing geometric and arithmetic series. By the time he was 12, he had begun serious self-study of mathematics, working through arithmetic and geometric series and cubic equations. He discovered his own method of solving quartic equations. His memory for mathematical formulas and constants seems to have been boundless: he amazed classmates with his ability to recite the values of irrational numbers like π, e, and √2 to as many decimal places as they asked for.

In 1904 Ramanujan left high school; his future looked promising: he had won the school’s mathematics prize and, more importantly, a scholarship allowing him to study at the Government Arts College in the town of Kumbakonam. Obsessed with mathematics, Ramanujan failed his non-mathematical exams and lost his scholarship. In 1905 he traveled to Madras and enrolled at Pachaiyappa’s College, but again failed his non-mathematical exams.

At the beginning of 1907, at the age of 19, with minimal funds and a stomach all too often groaning with hunger, Ramanujan continued on the path he had chosen: total devotion to mathematics. The mathematics he was doing was highly original and very advanced. By 1910 he realized he must find work to stay alive. In the city of Madras he found some students who needed mathematics tutoring and he also walked around the city offering to do accounting work for businesses. Ramanujan tried to find work at the government revenue department, and there he met an official whose name was Ramaswamy Aiyer. Ramanujan’s good fortune was that Ramaswamy Aiyer was a mathematician. He had only recently founded the Indian Mathematical Society, and his jaw dropped when he saw Ramanujan’s work. Ramaswamy Aiyer contacted the secretary of the Indian Mathematical Society, R. Ramachandra Rao, suggesting he provide financial support for Ramanujan. At first Rao resisted the idea, believing Ramanujan was simply copying the work of earlier great mathematicians but a meeting with Ramanujan, however, convinced Rao that he was dealing with a genuine mathematical genius and Ramaswamy Aiyer began publishing Ramanujan’s work in the Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society. In March 1912 his financial position improved when he got a job as an accounting clerk with the Madras Port Trust.

In July 1909 Ramanujan married S. Janaki Ammal, who was then just 10 years old. The marriage had been arranged by Ramanujan’s mother. The couple began sharing a home in 1912.

Ramanujan and his supporters contacted a number of British professors and an eminent pure mathematician at the University of Cambridge, Godfrey Harold Hardy, known to everyone as G. H. Hardy, had received a letter from Ramanujan in January 1913. By this time, Ramanujan had reached the age of 25 and professor Hardy puzzled over the nine pages of mathematical notes Ramanujan had sent. Hardy reviewed the papers with J. E. Littlewood, another eminent Cambridge mathematician, telling Littlewood they had been written by either a crank or a genius ? After spending two and a half hours poring over the outlandishly original work, the mathematicians came to a conclusion that they were looking at the papers of a mathematical genius. Hardy was eager for Ramanujan to move to Cambridge, but in accordance with his Brahmin beliefs, Ramanujan refused to travel overseas so an arrangement was made to fund two years of work at the University of Madras. During this time, Ramanujan’s mother had a dream in which the goddess Namagiri told her she should give her son permission to go to Cambridge, and this she did. Ramanujan arrived in Cambridge in April 1914, three months before the outbreak of World War – I. Ramanujan’s prodigious mathematical output amazed Hardy and Littlewood.

In 1918 Ramanujan became the first Indian Mathematician to be elected a Fellow of the British Royal Society. In his short lifetime he produced almost 4000 proofs, identities, conjectures and equations in pure mathematics. In 1917 he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and worryingly low vitamin levels. He spent months being cared for in sanitariums and nursing homes. In February 1919 his health seemed to have recovered sufficiently for him to return to India, but sadly he would only live for about a year on his return. Srinivasa Ramanujan died aged 32 in Madras on April 26, 1920. His death was most likely caused by hepatic amoebiasis caused by liver parasites common in Madras. His body was cremated.

In his word-

While asleep, I had an unusual experience. There was a red screen formed by flowing blood, as it were. I was observing it. Suddenly a hand began to write on the screen. I became all attention. That hand wrote a number of elliptic integrals. They stuck to my mind. As soon as I woke up, I committed them to writing. – SRINIVASA RAMANUJAN

Professor Bruce Berndt is an analytic number theorist who, since 1977, has spent decades researching Ramanujan’s theorems. He has published several books about them, establishing that the great majority are correct. He was told an interesting story by the great Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdős about something G. H. Hardy had once said to him-

Suppose that we rate mathematicians on the basis of pure talent on a scale from 0 to 100. Hardy gave himself a score of 25, Littlewood 30, Hilbert 80 and Ramanujan 100. – PAUL ERDŐS

Dec
24
Tue
2019
Mohammed Rafi Birth Anniversary
Dec 24 all-day
Mohammed Rafi Birth Anniversary

One of India’s greatest playback singers, Mohammed Rafi, was born on December 24, 1924, at Kotla Sultan Singh, a village in Punjab near present-day Amritsar. He was the fifth among the six sons of Hajji Ali Mohammad and Allahrakhi Bai. His father moved to Lahore in the 1920s. A family friend recognized Rafi’s singing talent and supported him. Mohammed Rafi started taking Hindustani Classical music from Pandit Jiwan Lal Mattoo who taught him the intricacies of Raag Shastra and Punjabi folk ragas Pahaadi, Bhairavi, Basant and Malhaar. He later trained under the tutelage of Ustad Abdul Wahad Khan of the Kirana Gharana and also received lessons from and Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan of the Patiala Gharana. He was also trained by Feeroze Nizami, a producer in the All India Radio Lahore. Rafi performed his first stage show at 13 years of age in Lahore. He started singing for the All India Radio in Lahore from the year 1941. Rafi made his Hindi film debut with the song “Aji Dil Ho Aaabu Mein…” in the film ‘Gaon Ki Gori’.

Eventually Rafi went to Bombay in 1944. After Partition Rafi decided to stay in India and brought his family to Bombay. Prime Minster Jawaharlal Nehru awarded Rafi a silver medal in 1948. Rafi worked with all the leading music directors of his time. He received 21 Filmfare Awards nominations for playback singing out of which he won 6 times. He also won a National Film Award in 1977. He also bagged the Bengali Film Journalists Awards thrice in 1957, 1965 and 1966. He was honoured with the Padma Shri award by the Government of India in 1967.

The last song he recorded was ‘Shaam Phir Kyun Udaas Hai Dost’ for music director duo Laxmikant Pyarelal for the film Aas Paas. Mohammed Rafi died of a massive heart attack on July 31, 1980 at 10:25 PM at his residence at Rafi Mansion, Bandra.

National Consumer Day
Dec 24 all-day
National Consumer Day

On 24 December, the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 had received the assent of the President so it is being observed as National Consumer Day in India. This Act aims to provide consumers with effective safeguards against different types of exploitation such as defective goods, unsatisfactory services and unfair trade practices. The Act applies to all goods and services unless specifically exempted, which covers the private, public and cooperative sectors. It also provides speedy and inexpensive adjudication.

The rights under the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 flow from the rights enshrined in Articles 14 to 19 of the Constitution of India.  It envisages the promotion and protection of following rights for the consumers:

  • Right to Safety
  • Right to be informed
  • Right to Choose
  • Right to be heard

The Consumer Protection and Action Committee (CPAC) celebrates the day by distributing complaints forms, information brochures and other consumer rights literature freely to the public.

The World Consumer Rights Day is observed on March 15, annually.

Dec
25
Wed
2019
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Birthday
Dec 25 all-day
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Birthday

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, born in the family of a humble school teacher on December 25, 1924 in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India, is the first Prime Minister from outside the Indian National Congress party to serve a full five-year term. His birthday was the day when Mahatma Gandhi was elected the Congress president for the first and the last time. He was the Prime Minister of India in 1996, and again from 13th October, 1998 until 19th May, 2004. The image one most identifies with the former Prime Minister is that of a liberal, a leader who reached out again and again to Pakistan even after an unfairly fought and hard-won Kargil war, a leader who worked to solve the Kashmir crisis, who spoke of ‘insaniyat’ above all else. A veteran Parliamentarian whose career stretches over four decades, Shri Vajpayee has been elected to the Lok Sabha (House of the People) nine times and to the Rajya Sabha (House of the States) twice, a record by itself.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee is a native of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. He holds a masters degree in political science and was educated at the Victoria College, Gwalior and DAV College, Kanpur. He is also a poet and writer, and has published several volumes of poetry, essays and speeches. Vajpayee’s involvement in politics began as a freedom – fighter during the Quit India Movement of 1942 to 1945. Shri Vajpayee had embarked upon a journalist’s career, which was cut short in 1951 when he joined the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the fore-runner of today’s Bharatiya Janata Party, the leading component of the National Democratic Alliance. He was first elected to parliament in 1957 as a member of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS), a forerunner of the BJP. In 1977 the BJS joined three other parties to form the Janata Party, which led a government that lasted until July 1979. As foreign minister in the Janata government, Vajpayee earned a reputation for improving relations with Pakistan and China. In 1980, following a split in the Janata Party, Vajpayee helped the BJS to reorganize itself as the BJP. Vajpayee was sworn in as prime minister in May 1996 but was in office only 13 days, after failing to attract support from other parties. In early 1998 he again became prime minister, in elections in which the BJP won a record number of seats, but he was forced to make a shaky alliance with regional parties and BJP became the first non-Congress Party which completed its full 5-year term. In late 1998 and early 1999, Vajpayee began a push for a full-scale diplomatic peace process with Pakistan. With the historic inauguration of the Delhi-Lahore bus service in February 1999, Vajpayee initiated a new peace process aimed towards permanently resolving the Kashmir dispute and other territorial, nuclear, strategic conflicts with Pakistan. After successfully completing 5 years in the Prime Minister’s office, Vajpayee announced his retirement in December 2005.

On 25 December 2014 the office of President of India announced the Bharat Ratna award, India’s highest civilian honour, to Vajpayee. In a special gesture, the President of India conferred Bharat Ratna to Atal Bihari Vajpayee in his residence on 27 March 2015. India’s second highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan, was conferred upon him in recognition of his selfless dedication to his first and only love, India, and his more than half-a-century of service to society and the nation. In 1994, he was named India’s ‘Best Parliamentarian’. His birth anniversary is established as “Good Governance Day” in 2014 to honor him by fostering awareness among the Indian people of accountability in government. In keeping with this principle, the Government of India has decreed “Good Governance Day” to be a working day for the government.

Merry Christmas
Dec 25 all-day
Merry Christmas

Christmas is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ and a widely observed cultural holiday, celebrated generally on December 25 by billions of people around the world. Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion. Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive.

St. Nicholas was a Bishop who lived in the fourth century in a place called Myra in Asia Minor (now called Turkey). He was a very rich man because his parents died when he was young and left him a lot of money. He was also a very kind man and had a reputation for helping the poor and giving secret gifts to people who needed it. Because of his kindness Nicholas was made a Saint. St. Nicholas was exiled from Myra and later put in prison during the persecution by the Emperor Diocletian. No one is really knows when he died, but it was on 6th December in either 345 or 352. In 1087, his bones were stolen from Turkey by some Italian merchant sailors. The bones are now kept in the Church named after him in the Italian port of Bari.

In the 16th Century in northern Europe, after the reformation, the stories and traditions about St. Nicholas became unpopular. But someone had to deliver presents to children at Christmas, so in the UK, particularly in England, he became ‘Father Christmas‘ or ‘Old Man Christmas‘, an old character from stories plays during the middle ages in the UK and parts of northern Europe. In France, he was then known as ‘Père Nöel‘. In some countries including parts of Austria and Germany, present giver became the ‘Christkind‘ a golden-haired baby, with wings, who symbolizes the new born baby Jesus. In the early USA his name was ‘Kris Kringle‘ (from the Christkind). Later, Dutch settlers in the USA took the old stories of St. Nicholas with them and Kris Kringle and St Nicholas became ‘Sinterklaas‘ or as we now say ‘Santa Claus‘!

In the early years of Christianity, Easter was the main holiday; the birth of Jesus was not celebrated. In the fourth century, church officials decided to institute the birth of Jesus as a holiday. Unfortunately, the Bible does not mention date for his birth (a fact Puritans later pointed out in order to deny the legitimacy of the celebration). Although some evidence suggests that his birth may have occurred in the spring (why would shepherds be herding in the middle of winter?), Pope Julius I chose December 25. It is commonly believed that the church chose this date in an effort to adopt and absorb the traditions of the pagan Saturnalia festival. First called the Feast of the Nativity, the custom spread to Egypt by 432 and to England by the end of the sixth century. By the end of the eighth century, the celebration of Christmas had spread all the way to Scandinavia. Today, in the Greek and Russian orthodox churches, Christmas is celebrated 13 days after the 25th, which is also referred to as the Epiphany or Three Kings Day. This is the day it is believed that the three wise men finally found Jesus in the manger. By holding Christmas at the same time as traditional winter solstice festivals, church leaders increased the chances that Christmas would be popularly embraced, but gave up the ability to dictate how it was celebrated.

In the early 17th century, a wave of religious reform changed the way Christmas was celebrated in Europe. When Oliver Cromwell and his Puritan forces took over England in 1645, they vowed to rid England of decadence and, as part of their effort, cancelled Christmas. By popular demand, Charles II was restored to the throne and, with him, came the return of the popular holiday. After the American Revolution, English customs fell out of favor, including Christmas. In fact, Christmas wasn’t declared a federal holiday until June 26, 1870. Today, in the Greek and Russian orthodox churches, Christmas is celebrated 13 days after the 25th, which is also referred to as the Epiphany or Three Kings Day. This is the day it is believed that the three wise men finally found Jesus in the manger.

Dec
27
Fri
2019
Mirza Ghalib Birth Anniversary
Dec 27 all-day
Mirza Ghalib Birth Anniversary

Ragon mein daudte firne ke ham naheen qaayal
jab aankh hee se na tapka to fir lahoo kya hai..

-Mirza Ghalib

There are many good poets worthy of praise, but, it is said that Ghalib (27 December 1797 – 15 February 1869) has a distinctive style. The name Mirza Ghalib needs no introduction for anyone mildly interested in India’s cultural history. Born in Agra as Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan, he migrated to Delhi where he lived for the rest of his life. ‘Ghalib’ was his pen-name. The substance of his poetry comprises of deep philosophical doubt, ruminations on the nature of love and life as a prison house of pain. In an obscure street in Ballimaran, after crossing the hustle and bustle of Chandni Chowk, lies its most celebrated memorial which gave rise to those wonderful anecdotes which still populate the cultural landscape.

He came of a family of distinguished Seljuqid Turks, and his ancestors occupied important positions in the armies of the Mughals and of the East India Company. He was born in Agra in 1797. His father Abdullah Beg Khan was killed in action when Ghalib was less than five years old. After his father’s death, he was taken care of by his uncle Nasr Ullah Beg Khan, but when Ghalib was nice he too died. Ghalib henceforth lived with the rich parents of his mother whose indulgence towards him resulted in his developing unfrugal habits and plunging into youthful excesses, which in later years were responsible for many of his troubles. Ghalib started composing poetry at the age of 11 and got married at a very young age of 13 only, in a noble family around the year 1810. It is said that Ghalib had seven children, but sadly none of them survived. This pain has found its way into his poetry. His spouse was a contrasting personality when compared to him. She was a god fearing and a very reserved person as compared to Ghalib, who was a carefree and unrestricted person. It is said that Ghalib had a weakness for drinking and gambling. These two vices were something that he was truly fond of in his lifetime. Ghalib never strived for earning a decent livelihood and led his life on the generosity of his friends or state sponsorship. Though no one gave him due importance then, fame came much later. On February 15th 1869, this great poet breathed his last.

It was not that he shied away from his duties in the mundane world. He fought valiantly for his rights to his ancestral pension. He traveled right up to Calcutta, met British officials at gubernatorial levels, argued his case vehemently, and after 14 years of hard pleading managed to win it too, with help from an intellectual of the caliber of Sir Sayyad Ahmad.

Ghalib is perhaps the most well known and often quoted Urdu poet. Though fondly, and indulgently, his name is associated with the themes of romanticizing beauty of womankind, atheism, drinking, and largely a life of profligacy, rather than any serious depths or school of thought. Unfortunately Ghalib was grossly misunderstood in the society, mainly because he did not believe in the activities and rituals merely for show of religiosity. He would not perform nimaaz mechanically at prescribed times, or go to the mosque just to mark his attendance there with the community. His God was an universal God. Like the One Allah in Sufism or One Brahma in Vedant.

yaa rab ! wo na samjhe hain na samjhenge meree baat
de aur dil unko, jo na de mujhko zubaan aur..
-Mirza Ghalib

Dec
29
Sun
2019
Kuvempu Birth Anniversary
Dec 29 all-day
Kuvempu Birth Anniversary

Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa (1904 –1994) known more famously by his pen name Kuvempu, is considered to be the greatest Kannada Poet, Novelist, Author, Thinker and Critic of 20th century. The Kannada language is spoken mainly in Kuvempu’s home state of Karnataka, and he strongly advocated for it to be the main medium of education. He is the first among Kannada writers to be decorated with the prestigious Jnanpith Award. For his contributions to Kannada Literature, the Government of Karnataka decorated him with the honorific Rashtrakavi (National Poet) in 1958 and Karnataka Ratna (Gem of Karnataka) in 1992.

He was born in the Chikmanglur district of Karnataka on December 29, 1904. He had received early education in Shimoga and nearby districts and completed college education in Mysore. He had received early education in Shimoga and nearby districts and completed college education in Mysore. He started his academic career as teacher of Kannada language in Mysore and Bengaluru. He became professor, and then principal of the Maharaja’s College in Mysore. In 1956, he was appointed as Vice Chancellor of Mysore University. To promote research in Kannada, he founded the Kannada Adhyayana Samsthe (Institute of Kannada Studies) in the Mysore University. Today, it is known as Kuvempu Institute of Kannada Studies. Kuvempu took his last breath on November 1, 1994, at the age of 89.

His first literary works were in English but then he shifted to his mother tongue Kannada. A poetry collection called “Beginner’s Muse” was his first literary work in English. His epic narrative ‘Sri Ramayana Darshanam‘, a modern rendering of the Indian Hindu epic Ramayana, is regarded as the revival of the era of Mahakavya (Great Epic poetry) in contemporary form and charm. Sri Ramayana Darshanam led him to become a Sahitya Akademi and Jnanpith Award winner. His writings and his contribution to ‘Universal Humanism’ gives him a unique place in modern Indian literature. His other works include poem collections, novels, Plays, autobiography, stroires, essays and so on.

Jan
1
Wed
2020
English New Year
Jan 1 all-day
English New Year

English New Year starts on 1st of January, the first day of modern Gregorian calendar also called as Western Calendar and Christian Calendar. Gregorian calendar was reformed in year 1582 to the Julian calendar and stored January 1st as a New Year Day. Gregorian calendar is widely adopted by most of the countries and celebrates January 1st as New Year Day as well as December 31st as New Year’s Eve.

The celebration of the new year on January 1st is a relatively new phenomenon. The earliest recording of a new year celebration is believed to have been in Mesopotamia, c. 2000 B.C. and was celebrated around the time of the vernal equinox, in mid-March. A variety of other dates tied to the seasons were also used by various ancient cultures. The Egyptians, Phoenicians, and Persians began their new year with the fall equinox, and the Greeks celebrated it on the winter solstice.

The early Roman calendar designated March 1 as the new year. The calendar had just ten months, beginning with March. The first time the new year was celebrated on January 1st was in Rome in 153 B.C. (In fact, the month of January did not even exist until around 700 B.C., when the second king of Rome, Numa Pontilius, added the months of January and February.) The new year was moved from March to January because that was the beginning of the civil year, the month that the two newly elected Roman consuls (the highest officials in the Roman republic) began their one-year tenure but the new year was still sometimes celebrated on March 1.

In 46 B.C. Julius Caesar introduced a new, solar-based calendar that was a vast improvement on the ancient Roman calendar, which was a lunar system that had become wildly inaccurate over the years. The Julian calendar decreed that the new year would occur with January 1, and within the Roman world, January 1 became the consistently observed start of the new year.

In 1582, the Gregorian calendar reform restored January 1 as new year’s day. Although most Catholic countries adopted the Gregorian calendar almost immediately, it was only gradually adopted among Protestant countries, e.g. The British did not adopt the reformed calendar until 1752. Until then, the British Empire and their American colonies still celebrated the new year in March.

Jan
5
Sun
2020
History On This Day : 5 January
Jan 5 all-day
History On This Day : 5 January

History, Birthdays and Historic Events of 5 January-

  • January 5, 1671 – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj captured the ‘Salher’ fort from Mughals.

  • January 5, 1869 – Venkatesh Tirko Kulkarni, famous Kannad novelist ‘Galagnath’, was born.

  • January 5, 1893 – Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952), universalist Hindu, great saint, social reformer, writer and litterateur was born at Gorakhpur. He founded Self-Realization Fellowship (1920) and Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (1917), which continue to carry on his spiritual legacy worldwide. He was the author of the best-selling spiritual classic ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ (1946), popular book globalizing India’s spiritual traditions.

  • January 5, 1932 – Kalyan Singh, born on 5 January 1932, is an Indian politician from the state of Uttar Pradesh and has served three times as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

  • January 5, 1934 – Dr. Murli Manohar Manmohan Joshi was born in Delhi.

  • January 5, 1941 – Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, cricketer (Nawab of Pataudi jr., Indian batsman & youngest Indian Test Captain), was born in Bhopal.

  • January 5, 1948 – Parthasarathy Harishchandra Sharma, cricketer (Indian batsman of the mid-70’s), was born in Alwar, Rajasthan.

  • January 5, 1952 – Sushil Kumar Modi, born on 5 January 1952, is an Indian politician from the Bharatiya Janata Party and is the current Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, India.

  • January 5, 1955 – Kumari Mamata Promileswar Banerjee was born in Calcutta (West Bengal).

  • January 5, 1968 – Arjun Munda, born on 5 January 1968 in Khrangajhar Jamshedpur, is an Indian politician, former Member of Parliament and the former Chief Minister of Jharkhand.

  • January 5, 1986 – Deepika Padukone, born on 5 January 1986 in Copenhagen and raised in Bangalore, is an Indian actress and a former model. She made her acting debut in the 2006 Kannada film ‘Aishwarya’ and then played a dual role in her first Bollywood blockbuster ‘Om Shanti Om’ in 2007 and won a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.

 

to be continued..