Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Month of March

There wasn't much to find on the month of March. March comes from ancient Rome. It was considered to be the first month of the year because it was logical that the beginning of spring would be the first of the year and the cold, deathly hand of winter would be the end of the year.
     March is named after Martius which comes from the god Mars, the Roman god of war because it wasn't only the start of the year but also the beginning of the military campaign.
     In Russia, the year began March the 1st until the end of the 15th century. Until 1752, Great Britain and her colonies celebrated the first of the year on March 25th. In Finnish, the month is called maaliskuu meaning earthly month because the Mother Earth was starting the apprear through the snow covered land. Saxons called March, Lentmonat also Rhed-monat or Hreth-monath which derived from their goddess Rhedam/ Hreth.  The Angles called the month Hyld-monath, which means Stormy month or  Hraed-monath meaning Rugged Month.

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