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January 2019

January 1st Tuesday, New Year’s Day

January 1st represents a fresh start of a New Year after a period of remembrance of the passing year. New Year’s Day is observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar also used in Rome. From the World Book Encyclopedia of 1984 volume 14: “The Roman ruler Julius Caesar established January 1 as New Year’s Day in 46 BC. The Romans dedicated this day to Janus, the god of gates, doors, and beginnings. The month of January was named after Janus, who had two faces – one looking forward and other looking backward.”
In cultures which traditionally or currently use calendars other than the Gregorian, New Year’s Day is an important celebration.
Israel uses the Gregorian calendar but does not formally celebrate the New Year’s holiday as the date of the Jewish New Year is celebrated on Rosh Hashanah.
The date of the Islamic New Year moves from year to year, because the calendar is lunar.
Hindu New Year falls at the time and date the sun enters Mesha on the Hindu calendar.
New Year’s in Japan is celebrated on January 1, because the Gregorian calendar is used instead of the Chinese.
Korean New Year, called Seollal, is the first day of the lunar calendar. The Koreans also celebrate solar New Year’s Day on January 1 following the Gregorian calendar.
In France, at midnight, people give kisses on both cheeks. Traditionally, a big celebration with fireworks is held at the Eiffel Tower. Instead of sending Christmas cards, many people send New Year’s cards.
In Ireland, single ladies who hope to get married in the coming year place mistletoe under their pillow for good luck.
In Greece, people hang onions on their doors as a symbol of rebirth.
In Austria, an Imperial Ball is held, a grand affair that dates back to the Hapsburg dynasty. The Blue Danube Waltz is played at midnight.
The New Year’s Eve celebration that we are most familiar with takes place in New York City with the 11,875 pound 12 foot Times Square Ball. It is located high above Times Square and is lowered starting at 11:59 p.m. with a countdown from 10 to 1 seconds when it reaches the bottom of its tower. The New Year is announced with fireworks, music and live entertainment that is broadcast nationwide.
The New Year has begun!
The celebrations which are held worldwide include parades, football, hockey, concerts, family time, traditional meals and church services.

January 21 – Monday – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a U.S. federal holiday marking the birthday of Dr. King. It is observed on the third Monday of January, which is near the date of King’s birthday, January 15th. King was the chief spokesman for non-violent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. He was assassinated by a prison escapee in 1968 on the balcony of a hotel as he went to get fresh air before making a speech.
After King’s death, U.S. Rep. John Conyers (a democrat from Michigan) introduced a bill in Congress hoping to make King’s birthday a national holiday. However, it fell short of the number needed for passage. Two of the main arguments mentioned by opponents were that a paid holiday for federal employees would be too expensive and that a holiday to honor a private citizen would be contrary to longstanding tradition (King had never held public office). There was a great deal of reluctance to observe it both nationally and by some states. The-.
King Center was created and received support from the corporate community and the general public. Stevie Wonder released “Happy Birthday” to popularize the campaign in 1980 and hosted the rally for the Peace Press Conference in 1981. Six million signatures were collected for a petition to congress to pass the law (a 2006 article in “Nation” magazine termed it the largest petition in favor of an issue in U.S. history). At the White House, Rose Garden on November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill into law creating a federal holiday to honor King. It was observed for the first time on January 20, 1986. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.
The National Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service challenges Americans to transform the holiday into a day of citizen action and volunteer service in honor of Dr. King. This federal legislation was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on August 23, 1994 and has been promoted in many states, universities and organizations around the U.S.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial is the only memorial on the Mall that does not honor a president. The 30-foot statue was carved by Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin. The memorial’s design invites the viewer in. Passing through the Mountain of Despair, two large 30-foot tall boulders of granite, visitors feel like they are going through the struggle of the civil rights movement. Next, a crescent-shaped wall with 14 quotations from Dr. King appears. Then, when walking out towards the Tidal Basin, a third stone called the Stone of Hope, which looks like it was carved out of the Mountain of Despair, is a likeness of Dr. King. The monument’s goal is for visitors to come, see and feel what Dr. King meant to this country and the world!!

Full Moon
The full moon appears at 12:16 a.m., Eastern Time. In all other time zones, the full moon is late in the evening of January 20. The Colonia American full moon names are fish, worm, sap, crow, Lenten, and chaste. The Choctaw Indian name is cooking moon, and the Oto Indian name is the little young bear comes down the tree.

Calendar of Activities – Elyse Feltman

January 1, Tuesday – New Year’s Day
Office Closed/No CRT

National Bloody Mary Day
January 3, Thursday – National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
If there was a treat, this is one!

January 8, Tuesday – 84rd Birthday of Elvis (1935-1977)

January 14, Monday – National Dress Up Your Pet Day

January 17, Thursday –Kate Stone, Entertainer
2:00 Drinks and Refreshments

Popeye the Sailor’s Birthday, 1929

Ditch New Years’ Resolutions

January 20-21 Sunday thru Monday TuB’Shevat
Jewish Arbor Day or New Years for the Trees

January 21, Monday–Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
(1929-1968) King’s birthday is a legal U.S. public holiday on the third Monday of January (January 21, 2019)
Office Closed /NO CRT


Important Reminders!!!!
If you haven’t already, please stop by the office to have a copy made of your 2019 monthly Social Security statement for the RSC file. That document is used to determine eligibility for all entitlement programs. In addition, around the end of January, you will receive Form 1099 from Social Security that shows your 2018 annual Social Security earnings. Please have a copy made for your RSC file.

– “A Guide for Talking to your Doctor”
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 1:30 pm in the Dining Room
Learn about important communication techniques for getting the most out of your medical visits.

– “Emergency Preparedness 2019”
Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 1:30 pm
Please join town emergency personnel (police, fire, ambulance), as they review how to keep yourself safe.


Federation Homes has a food pantry available for resident use. If you need to access the pantry, please stop by the office.

Parking for guests is at the Church next door. NO PARKING FOR GUESTS
at Federation Homes. We have limited spaces for Residents & Staff Only.