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Ring in the New Year
By Fiona Phelan

Happy 2015!

2015 is the 15th year of the 3rd millennium, the 15th year of the 21st century and the 6th year of the 201s decade.

Named for the Roman god Janus, the two-faced god of beginnings, January was originally the 11th month, not the 1st, until at least 153 B.C. Janus looks simultaneously to the future and the past, a fitting symbol for this first day of the year. The weather of the first 12 days of the year is said to be indicative of the following 12 months.

2015 has been designated the International Year of Light and the International Year of Soils by the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

2015 is the Year of the Sheep according to Chinese zodiac. The Year of the Sheep starts from Feb. 19 (the Lunar New Year / Spring Festival of China) and lasts to Feb. 7, 2016.

The Pantone color of the year for 2015 is Marsala 18-1438. A naturally robust and earthy wine red, Marsala enriches our minds, bodies and souls.

The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts that this winter will be another arctic blast with above-normal snowfall throughout much of the nation. The extreme weather will continue into summer 2015, which is expected to be predominantly hot and dry. The Farmer's Almanac is traditionally 80% accurate with its weather forecasts.

The Killingworth Chamber of Commerce wishes everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!