January 1, 2021 – New Year’s Day | National Silent Record Week

Did You Know That The New Year Used To Begin On March 1st?

Welcome to January 1st, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we enjoy the sound of silence and a whole new year with reasons to celebrate.

Both as a member of The Beatles and as a solo artist, John Lennon created some of the most popular songs of the 20th Century. He also recorded one of the most obscure. On his album Unfinished Music No. 2, there’s a track titled “Two Minutes of Silence.” Here’s an excerpt: It’s exactly what it says—silent. While Lennon took it to the extreme, there is a whole genre of what’s known as Silent Recordings—tracks that are nothing but white noise or ambient sound. They’re meant to to help us refocus and enjoy the quiet moments of life. During National Silent Record Week, take some time to meditate after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Simply be present and enjoy a break from noise.

New Year’s Day is one of the most recognized holidays around the world.  Celebrated for thousands of years, the exact beginning of a new year has gone through many changes.  In ancient Rome, the calendar started with Martius or March and only had ten months.  January and February were added later and the twelve month Julian calendar was eventually adopted.  In ancient Babylon, new year’s resolutions were about paying back debts and returning borrowed stuff and if that’s on your list, it’s a great start.  As the new year begins may we follow the advice of author Tom Peters who said, “Celebrate what you want to see more of.” 

If you’d like to know more, be sure to follow us on Facebook and check out our website TheNationalDailyShow.com. I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day! 

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