Here’s a look at some fun facts to share on this New Year’s Day:
The first New Year’s celebration dates back 4,000 years. Julius Caesar, the emperor of Rome, was the first to declare January 1st a national holiday. He named the month after Janus, the Roman god of doors and gates. Janus had two faces, one looking forward and one looking back. Caesar felt that a month named after this god would be fitting.
Forty-five percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. The top resolutions are: to lose weight, get organized, to spend less and save more, to stay fit and healthy, and to quit smoking. While nearly half of all Americans make resolutions, 25 percent of them give up on their resolutions by the second week of January.
Here is the list of top ten baby names in New Mexico in 2017 as compiled by the Department of Health’s Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics. For girls, the most popular name is Sophia, followed by Mia, Olivia, Isabella, Emma, Aria, Ava, Emily, Aurora and Charlotte. For Boys, the most popular name is Noah, followed by Santiago, Elijah, Ezekiel, Josiah, Daniel, Liam, Michael, Logan, Mateo. Aurora and Charlotte make their top 10 debuts on this year’s list among girls; Santiago, Ezekiel, Logan and Mateo among boys. In addition, since the Department of Health began releasing this top 10 list in 2014: Mia and Sophia have been the top two names for newborn girls in New Mexico, but this is the first year that Sophia has overtaken Mia for the top spot. Noah has been first or second among the top names for newborn boys. Aria has returned to the top 10 after falling off the list in 2016.
Silver City Radio wishes you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2018!