Sunday, March 1, 2020

March and Brett's Monthly


Welcome to March. 

If you were born before 150 BC, March was the first month of the calendar. The ancient Romans had a year with ten months, ending in December. The effects of that can still be seen in the names of the months in the modern calendar: 

- September was named for the Latin word for seven (septem) 

- October was named for eight (octo) 

- November was named for nine (novem) 

- December was named for ten (decem) 

The Gregorian calendar in 1752 made thE year begin on 1st January. 

March was named for the Latin Martius, aka Mars, the Roman God of war and a mythical ancestor of the Roman people via his sons Romulus and Remus, who were suckled by a wolf. 

In the northern hemisphere March was historically the perfect month for both farmers to resume farming, and warriors to resume warring and warrioring. 

In the Roman calendar, the midpoint of every month was known as the Ides. The Ides of March fell on March 15th. This day was supposed to correlate with the first full moon of the year and marked by religious ceremonies. 

Thanks to Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar we know it for another reason. Supposedly, in 44 BC, a seer told Julius Caesar that his downfall would come no later than the Ides of March. Caesar ignored him, and when the fated day rolled around Caesar joked with the seer, “The Ides of March have come.” The seer replied, “aye, Caesar; but not gone.” Caesar continued on to a senate meeting at the Theatre of Pompey, and was summarily murdered by as many as 60 conspirator, being stabbed 23 times. Ironically, the spot where Caesar was assassinated is protected in today’s Rome as a no-kill cat sanctuary. 


Can February March? 

No, but April May. 


There are 3 things certain in life: death, taxes and that Brett B in the US sends me his list of special and unique holidays for the coming month. Below is Brett’s list of March days, click on the daily ones to expand those days. 

Thanks Brett. 

A couple of special mentions to look at: 

March 8: 
Be Nasty Day 
International Working Women’s Day 

March 13: 
Blame Someone Else Day 

March 14:
National Pi Day. Why today? Because today is 3.14. 

March 15: 
Ides of March 

By the way, this is an Ides of March gift that can be purchased: 

Julius Caesar pen and pencil holder

March 17: 
St Patrick’s Day 

March 26: 
Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

  • Irish American Month
  • Music in Our Schools Month
  • National Celery Month
  • National Craft Month
  • National Frozen Food Month
  • National Irish American Heritage Month- designated by Congress in 1995.
  • National Nutrition Month
  • National Peanut Month
  • National Women's History Month
  • Red Cross Month
  • Social Workers Month
Did you Know? March was named for the Roman God "Mars"
Week Celebrations:
  • 2 nd Week National Bubble Week
  • 2 nd Week Crochet Week
March, 2020 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:
March 1
Namesake Day - first Sunday in March
March 2
March 3
March 4
March 5
March 6
Employee Appreciation Day first Friday in March
National Salesperson Day - first Friday in the month
World Day of Prayer - First Friday of the month
March 7
March 8
Daylight Savings begins at 2:a.m. - date varies
March 9
March 10
 Purim - begins at sundown, date varies
March 11
Worship of Tools Day - guys, you can relate
March 12
Popcorn Lover's Day second Thursday
March 13
Blame Someone Else Day - first  Friday the 13th of the year.
March 14
National Pi Day- Why today? Because today is 3.14, the value of Pi.
March 15
March 16
March 17
Submarine Day - the hero sandwich or the boat??
Tea for Two Tuesday - third Tuesday in March
March 18
March 19
Absolutely Incredible Kid Day - third Thursday of month
Spring (Vernal) Equinox - date varies
March 20
March 21
International Sports Car Racing Day - third Saturday of month
National Quilting Day - third Saturday of month
March 22
March 23
March 24
March 25
March 26
March 27
March 28
March 29
March 30
March 31

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