1st January

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the Eightfold Year. Every day a different painting will appear, along with moon phases, saints days, seasonal plants and other festive celebrations.

You can find out more about the concept of the Eightfold Year here.

We hope you enjoy this website. We will be adding content as we go through the year and welcoming your feedback and suggestions.

Onwards and Upwards!

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Snowfall on Maria's Balcony, Liverpool, 2007: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, January 2016:
Third Quarter - January 2, 05:30
New Moon - January 10, 01:30
First Quarter - January 16, 23:26
Full Moon - January 24, 01:45

Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/99591/moon-phases-and-dates/#ixzz2p6Q6mcAS

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CURRENT MOON


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Allotment in winter chill, Liverpool, December 2010: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Basil the Great (January 2 in Catholicism)
Feast of the Circumcision (Eastern Orthodox Church)
Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus (Lutheran Church)
Feast of the Solemnity of Mary, the Octave Day of Christmas, considered a holy day of obligation in some countries. (Roman Catholic Church)
Fulgentius of Ruspe
Telemachus

Festival:
Constitution Day (Italy)
Day of the Establishment of the Slovak Republic (Slovakia)
Earliest day on which Handsel Monday can fall, while January 7 is the latest; celebrated on the first Monday of the year. (Scotland)
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Brunei from United Kingdom in 1984.
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Sudan from United Kingdom in 1956.
National Tree Planting Day (Tanzania)
The last day of Kwanzaa (United States)
New Year's Day
Triumph of the Revolution (Cuba)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Virgo: This is a Earth sign. It is a good time to sow Root plants like Garlic, Jerusalem Artichokes, Onions, Shallots, Spring Onions, but it would not be a good time to sow Flower plants like Broccoli *

Also on this day:

45 BC – The Julian calendar takes effect for the first time.

1600 – Scotland begins its numbered year on January 1 instead of March 25.

1801 – The dwarf planet Ceres is discovered by Giuseppe Piazzi.

1804 – French rule ends in Haiti. Haiti becomes the first black republic and second independent country on the American Continent after the U.S.

1808 – The importation of slaves into the United States is banned.

1898 – New York City annexes land from surrounding counties, creating the City of Greater New York. The four initial boroughs, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx, are joined on January 25 by Staten Island to create the modern city of five boroughs.

1912 – The Republic of China is established.

1949 – United Nations cease-fire takes effect in Kashmir from one minute before midnight. War between India and Pakistan stops accordingly.

1957 – An Irish Republican Army (IRA) unit attacks Brookeborough RUC barracks in one of the most famous incidents of the IRA's Operation Harvest.

1959 – Fulgencio Batista, president of Cuba, is overthrown by Fidel Castro's forces during the Cuban Revolution

1983 – The ARPANET officially changes to using the Internet Protocol, creating the Internet.

1985 – The first British mobile phone call is made by Ernie Wise(!) to Vodafone.

1995 – The Draupner wave in the North Sea in Norway is detected, confirming the existence of freak waves.

* more information can be found on the Gardeners Calendar website here.