Glen Morris Horticultural Society
GLEN MORRIS HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
New Year's Day has not always been celebrated on January 1. The earliest record of a new year celebration was in Mesopotamia, around 2000 B.C. It was an eleven-day celebration that started March 20, around the time of the vernal equinox. The Egyptians, Phoenicians, and Persians began their new year with the autumnal equinox around September 20. The ancient Greeks celebrated on the winter solstice, December 20.
The first time the new year was celebrated on January 1 was in Rome in 153 B.C. but the new year date was not strictly observed. Sosigenes, an astronomer, convinced Julius Caesar to follow a solar based calendar which was an improvement on the ancient Roman calendar. In 46 B.C., it was decreed that the new year would occur on January 1.
The January edition of our GMHS Newsletter, "Garden Gleanings," has been e-mailed to Society Members and is posted here.
Our next general meeting is Monday, February 5. Marion Morton will offer a PowerPoint presentation, MosaiCanada 150.
While on the OHA website, check out details about the upcoming OHA Convention, July 27-29, in Kingston. There are many competitions that our members may enter.
May 2018 bring you and your family good health and happiness. Happy New Year!
Margaret Fleury, President
January 2018 Newsletter
by Margaret Fleury
The January 2018 Newsletter is here. Happy reading. Click here