Happy New Year!

New Year’s Day celebrates the new year on the Gregorian calendar. It is a time for a fresh start and setting realistic New Year’s Resolutions. 
Although January 1st marks the new year in many countries, other countries celebrate New Year’s Day on different dates, according to the lunisolar calendar, which is based on astronomical observations of the sun’s position in the sky and the moon’s phases. This ancient calendar dates to the 14th century. This year, the Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year, will be celebrated on January 22nd, 2023, on the second new moon after the winter solstice. Lunar New Year is the most celebrated and longest of all Asian festivals and is observed by millions of people worldwide.

January 5th brings Twelfth Night, an English folk custom that marked the end of Christmas merry and the 12-day winter solstice celebration in ancient Celtic tradition. On the Twelfth Night, the assembled company toast each other.

January 6th is Epiphany. According to the New Testament’s Gospels, on this date, the Magi—the three wise men or kings—venerated and brought gifts to the infant Jesus. 

January 16th is the observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is celebrated on the third Monday of January every year, close to Dr. King’s birthday on January 15th. It remembers and honors King’s legacy of nonviolence.

January 17th is the National Day of Racial Healing. It comes after Martin Luther King Jr. Day to provide a day of reflection on pursuing racial equity to create meaningful changes in supporting and building communities for a better future. Our mayor, Ezra Nanes, will be reading a Proclamation for the National Day of Healing on Monday, January 9th, at the Borough Regular meeting at 7 pm.

January 27th is Holocaust Remembrance Day. This holiday, created by the United Nations on the anniversary of the Aushwitz-Birkenau liberation, is to remember and honor the millions of victims of Nazism.


NVWN Will Not Meet in January.

NVWN Upcoming events*

February, open read.

March,  Yaw Agawu-Kakraba

April, TBA

May, Hilary Hauck

June, picnic and open read

*subject to change

What local book clubs are reading:

Inspirational Book Club
West With Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge, over coffee at Barnes& Noble weekly, on Mondays @ 10:00-11:00 am
New members welcome!

CDG/SCASD Community Book Club
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, by Carol Anderson.
When: 3rd Wednesday of the month, January 19th,  @ 7-8 pm.
Where: Virtual

AAUW Book Club (Adelante)
The Reading List: A Novel, by Sara Nisha Adams.
When: Every other month on the 3rd Thursday, February 23rd, @ 2:30 pm.
Where: Virtual

Well-Read Book Club
The Centre County Reads 2023 Selection: Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
When: 4th Wednesday of the month, January 25th @7-8 pm.
Where: Virtual
Register at Schlow Library

For more information on any of these Book clubs, or if you want your book club listed, contact crevey@msn.com.

The Nittany Valley Writers’ Network is a sharing, supportive community linking local writers of all genres and levels of experience. For more information, contact Dave at dmarvin14@msn.com.