January is named after Janus (Ianuarius), the god of the doorway.
The Anglo-Saxons called the first month Wolfmonth because wolves came into the villages in winter in search of food.
January is the first month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars.
In Czech this month is called leden, meaning ice month.
January's birthstone is the garnet.
Its birth flower is the Carnation (Dianthus Caryophyllus)(left pic) or Snowdrop (Galanthus).
TThe Japanese floral emblem of January is the camellia. The Chinese floral emblem of January is the Prunus mume.
January is International Coffee Gourmet Month.
It is, on average, the coldest month of the year within most of the Northern Hemisphere and the warmest month of the year within most of the Southern Hemisphere.
The first day of the month is known as New Year's Day.