The History | Origin of New Years Day / December 31rst / Ball Dropping In Times Square

January 1, 2013

  In 46 B.C.E. the Roman emperor Julius Caesar first established January 1 as New Year’s day. Janus was the Roman god of doors and gates, and had two faces, one looking forward and one back.  Caesar felt that the month named after this god (“January”) would be the appropriate “door” to the year.  Caesar celebrated the first January 1 New Year by ordering the violent routing of revolutionary Jewish forces in the Galilee.  Eyewitnesses say blood flowed in the streets.  In later years, Roman pagans observed the New Year by engaging in drunken orgies—a ritual they believed constituted a personal re-enacting of the chaotic world that existed before the cosmos was ordered by the gods.
As Christianity spread, pagan holidays were either incorporated into the Christian calendar or abandoned altogether.  By the early medieval period most of Christian Europe regarded Annunciation Day (March 25) as the beginning of the year.  (According to Catholic tradition, Annunciation Day commemorates the angel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary that she would be impregnated by G-d and conceive a son to be called Jesus.)
    After William the Conqueror (AKA “William the Bastard” and “William of Normandy”) became King of England on December 25, 1066, he decreed that the English return to the date established by the Roman pagans, January 1.  This move ensured that the commemoration of Jesus’ birthday (December 25) would align with William’s coronation, and the commemoration of Jesus’ circumcision (January 1) would start the new year – thus rooting the English and Christian calendars and his own Coronation).  William’s innovation was eventually rejected, and England rejoined the rest of the Christian world and returned to celebrating New Years Day on March 25.
    About five hundred years later, in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII (AKA “Ugo Boncompagni”, 1502-1585) abandoned the traditional Julian calendar.  By the Julian reckoning, the solar year comprised 365.25 days, and the intercalation of a “leap day” every four years was intended to maintain correspondence between the calendar and the seasons.  Really, however there was a slight inaccuracy in the Julian measurement (the solar year is actually 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds = 365.2422 days).  This slight inaccuracy caused the Julian calendar to slip behind the seasons about one day per century.  Although this regression had amounted to 14 days by Pope Gregory’s time, he based his reform on restoration of the vernal equinox, then falling on March 11, to the date had 1,257 years earlier when Council of Nicaea was convened (March 21, 325 C.E.).  Pope Gregory made the correction by advancing the calendar 10 days.  The change was made the day after October 4, 1582, and that following day was established as October 15, 1582.  The Gregorian calendar differs from the Julian in three ways:  (1) No century year is a leap year unless it is exactly divisible by 400 (e.g., 1600, 2000, etc.); (2) Years divisible by 4000 are common (not leap) years; and (3) once again the New Year would begin with the date set by the early pagans, the first day of the month of Janus – January 1.
    On New Years Day 1577 Pope Gregory XIII decreed that all Roman Jews, under pain of death, must listen attentively to the compulsory Catholic conversion sermon given in Roman synagogues after Friday night services.  On New Years Day 1578 Gregory signed into law a tax forcing Jews to pay for the support of a “House of Conversion” to convert Jews to Christianity.  On New Years 1581 Gregory ordered his troops to confiscate all sacred literature from the Roman Jewish community.  Thousands of Jews were murdered in the campaign.
    Throughout the medieval and post-medieval periods, January 1 – supposedly the day on which Jesus’ circumcision initiated the reign of Christianity and the death of Judaism – was reserved for anti-Jewish activities: synagogue and book burnings, public tortures, and simple murder.
    The Israeli term for New Year’s night celebrations, “Sylvester,” was the name of the “Saint” and Roman Pope who reigned during the Council of Nicaea (325 C.E.).  The year before the Council of Nicaea convened, Sylvester convinced Constantine to prohibit Jews from living in Jerusalem.  At the Council of Nicaea, Sylvester arranged for the passage of a host of viciously anti-Semitic legislation.  All Catholic “Saints” are awarded a day on which Christians celebrate and pay tribute to that Saint’s memory.  December 31 is Saint Sylvester Day – hence celebrations on the night of December 31 are dedicated to Sylvester’s memory.
U.S. News and World Report December 23, 1996


Happy New Year

January 12, 2009

H.G.H. (human growth hormone) on all of society for 2008

December 22, 2007

Damn it Sweet cheeks… I’m an artist not a doctor. I leave the diagnoses to precocious public relations workers that think they know everything because they grant sexual favors. I guess that’s Disassociation, but I have no idea what the psychoanalysis experts at Starbucks define it as this week. Last I checked I was a victim of incest because I had sex with my babysitter. I tried telling the doctor I enjoyed every second of it and since she was an Irish Catholic the genetic similarity just wasn’t there. (but you know these public health workers aren’t much different from P.R whores.) They. redefine everything as it becomes convenient. I sure as hell would love to perform some incest with you… if incest is what it was last week. Last I checked I was called OCD by a real estate / actress in my fathers studio…. I had to look it up on google. Dr. Freud warned against an Oprah Winfrey culture… but then again the Oprah culture wouldn’t take the Doc these days very seriously about anything unless he admitted openly he was gay and very against psychoanalysis. Ah the lovely benefits of being psychoanalyzed by adolescent girls… pop psychiatry at it’s best. What do you think Michel Foucault would say about all this lovely objectivity coming out of pop culture? Probably would be having too good a time sucking dick to give a flying fuck. Your bad news. I like that. Come to New York… you can play Ava Braun for me. I have an outfit ready with a Leftist Chavista flavour so you can subvert your racism.

Had some woman keep on asking me questions… wanted to get real intimate with me… then asked me if I had a son. I said yeah. Then she defriended me and disappeared. Wierd!? She wanted to show me her erotic dance and all kinds of stuff. It said she was in a relationship… So I was interested in an artistic way… she also started saying wierd things about this guy on my friend list. Wanted me to defriend this person and that person. When I refused because I didn’t know her or the guy she didn’t like… she got pissed. This is too much. You want to show me erotic dance fine. You want to talk politics… fine. I’m not for my tax dollar going to schools… you want to ask me what I think of your art… fine. But then to defriend me like that is just weird. Tell me what your problem is if you have a problem with me. We don’t know each other… but I don’t need to be judged like as if we were having sex or something. The fact that I have a son is no reason to defriend someone… nor does it have anything to do with the fact that you want to show me some kind of erotic dance. I’m just getting real frustrated. You might think I’m psycho… but I’m not. I’m super normal. What you see online is only my artwork. I’m just a nice guy. Please make a note of that. You can’t judge me by my art.


H.G.H. (human growth hormone) on all of society for 2008

December 22, 2007

Damn it Sweet cheeks… I’m an artist not a doctor. I leave the diagnoses to precocious public relations workers that think they know everything because they grant sexual favors. I guess that’s Disassociation, but I have no idea what the psychoanalysis experts at Starbucks define it as this week. Last I checked I was a victim of incest because I had sex with my babysitter. I tried telling the doctor I enjoyed every second of it and since she was an Irish Catholic the genetic similarity just wasn’t there. (but you know these public health workers aren’t much different from P.R whores.) They. redefine everything as it becomes convenient. I sure as hell would love to perform some incest with you… if incest is what it was last week. Last I checked I was called OCD by a real estate / actress in my fathers studio…. I had to look it up on google. Dr. Freud warned against an Oprah Winfrey culture… but then again the Oprah culture wouldn’t take the Doc these days very seriously about anything unless he admitted openly he was gay and very against psychoanalysis. Ah the lovely benefits of being psychoanalyzed by adolescent girls… pop psychiatry at it’s best. What do you think Michel Foucault would say about all this lovely objectivity coming out of pop culture? Probably would be having too good a time sucking dick to give a flying fuck. Your bad news. I like that. Come to New York… you can play Ava Braun for me. I have an outfit ready with a Leftist Chavista flavour so you can subvert your racism.

Had some woman keep on asking me questions… wanted to get real intimate with me… then asked me if I had a son. I said yeah. Then she defriended me and disappeared. Wierd!? She wanted to show me her erotic dance and all kinds of stuff. It said she was in a relationship… So I was interested in an artistic way… she also started saying wierd things about this guy on my friend list. Wanted me to defriend this person and that person. When I refused because I didn’t know her or the guy she didn’t like… she got pissed. This is too much. You want to show me erotic dance fine. You want to talk politics… fine. I’m not for my tax dollar going to schools… you want to ask me what I think of your art… fine. But then to defriend me like that is just weird. Tell me what your problem is if you have a problem with me. We don’t know each other… but I don’t need to be judged like as if we were having sex or something. The fact that I have a son is no reason to defriend someone… nor does it have anything to do with the fact that you want to show me some kind of erotic dance. I’m just getting real frustrated. You might think I’m psycho… but I’m not. I’m super normal. What you see online is only my artwork. I’m just a nice guy. Please make a note of that. You can’t judge me by my art.


H.G.H. (human growth hormone) on all of society for 2008

December 22, 2007



Damn it Sweet cheeks… I’m an artist not a doctor. I leave the diagnoses to precocious public relations workers that think they know everything because they grant sexual favors. I guess that’s Disassociation, but I have no idea what the psychoanalysis experts at Starbucks define it as this week. Last I checked I was a victim of incest because I had sex with my babysitter. I tried telling the doctor I enjoyed every second of it and since she was an Irish Catholic the genetic similarity just wasn’t there. (but you know these public health workers aren’t much different from P.R whores.) They. redefine everything as it becomes convenient. I sure as hell would love to perform some incest with you… if incest is what it was last week. Last I checked I was called OCD by a real estate / actress in my fathers studio…. I had to look it up on google. Dr. Freud warned against an Oprah Winfrey culture… but then again the Oprah culture wouldn’t take the Doc these days very seriously about anything unless he admitted openly he was gay and very against psychoanalysis. Ah the lovely benefits of being psychoanalyzed by adolescent girls… pop psychiatry at it’s best. What do you think Michel Foucault would say about all this lovely objectivity coming out of pop culture? Probably would be having too good a time sucking dick to give a flying fuck. Your bad news. I like that. Come to New York… you can play Ava Braun for me. I have an outfit ready with a Leftist Chavista flavour so you can subvert your racism.



Had some woman keep on asking me questions… wanted to get real intimate with me… then asked me if I had a son. I said yeah. Then she defriended me and disappeared. Wierd!? She wanted to show me her erotic dance and all kinds of stuff. It said she was in a relationship… So I was interested in an artistic way… she also started saying wierd things about this guy on my friend list. Wanted me to defriend this person and that person. When I refused because I didn’t know her or the guy she didn’t like… she got pissed. This is too much. You want to show me erotic dance fine. You want to talk politics… fine. I’m not for my tax dollar going to schools… you want to ask me what I think of your art… fine. But then to defriend me like that is just weird. Tell me what your problem is if you have a problem with me. We don’t know each other… but I don’t need to be judged like as if we were having sex or something. The fact that I have a son is no reason to defriend someone… nor does it have anything to do with the fact that you want to show me some kind of erotic dance. I’m just getting real frustrated. You might think I’m psycho… but I’m not. I’m super normal. What you see online is only my artwork. I’m just a nice guy. Please make a note of that. You can’t judge me by my art.