Thursday, September 2, 2010

September

The word September comes from an Old Roman Latin word, 'septem', meaning seven. In the calendar that the Romans were using, the month of  September was the seventh month. The Romans thought that the month was looked after by their god, Vulcan, god of the forge and fire. They thought September, because of the association with Vulcan, to be associated with fires, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.
     The Anglo-Saxons called the month of September, Gerst Monath, the Barley month because this was the time of the year that barley was harvested and was made into a very favorable drink called barley brew. September was also called Haefest monath or the Harvest month. In medieval England, harvesting traditionally began on the 24th of September.
      In 1752, Britain decided to leave and abandon the Julian calendar and started using the Gregorian calendar. When they decided to do this, then September 3rd instantly became September the 14th. This change upset a lot of people, whom flocked to the streets and protested saying, "Give us back our 11 days!" Many thought that their lives were shortened by this decision.

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