The year is lined with 12 excited, colorful months, each one with its own specialties. We are mostly curious about what our birth month means for us, the signs, the elements, etc. But we don’t really know about the months themselves!
Well, no more, here are three facts about your birth month that we bet you didn’t know before!
1. January comes from the Latin word ianua meaning door. It is named after the god of the doorway, Janus (Ianuarious). He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past. January is also known as the door to the year.
2. Apart from leap years, January always begins on the same day as October.
3. The Anglo-Saxons used to call the first month Wolfmonth because wolves came into the villages in winter in search of food.
1. February was named after the ancient Roman purification ritual ‘Februa’ and the god ‘Februus’, who was a god associated with both death and purification.
2. ‘February’ is an anagram of ‘bare fury’ (if you are feeling angry) or ‘bury fear’ (if you are brave).
3. February is the only month that can pass without a full moon. This last happened in 1999 and will next happen in 2018.
1. It was the first month and named Martius in the early Roman calendar. Later, the ancient Romans made January to be the first month.
2. March is named after Mars, the Roman god of war. This is probably because the Roman battle season began in spring. In Old English, March was called Hlyda, or Lide, meaning 'loud' referring to the loud March winds.
3. In the UK, March is National Bed Month, run by The Sleep Council (www.sleepcouncil.org.uk).
“The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year,” said Mark Twain!
1. The Romans called it ‘Aprilis’ most probably in connection to the verb ‘aperire’, i.e. to open, referring to the opening of flowers.
2. In the days of yore, the phrase ‘April gentleman’ used to be applied to a foolish man, especially one newly married ones.
3. In 1990 the Berlin Wall (the Wall had divided East and West Berlin since August 1961) was torn down.
1. May was first named for Maia, the Roman goddess of spring, growth and fertility.
2. In any given year, no month ever begins or ends on the same day of the week as May does.
3. According to the roman poet Ovid: “Bad girls wed in May.”
1. June is named for the Roman goddess Juno- the goddess of marriage and well being of women. Maybe that’s why there are so many "June brides"?
2. Flag Day is celebrated on June 14th each year. It is the anniversary of the United States flag which dates back to 1777.
3. In the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice occurs and summer begins. This takes place on June 21st, 22nd or 23rd, depending on the year.
1. It is named after Julius Caesar who was born on the twelfth of the month.
2. July starts on the same day of the week as April in a common year, and the same day of the week as January in leap years.
3. In 1984, US President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90 percent of the nation's population.
1. The month is named after Augustus, the first Roman Emperor.
2. The word August, is a Latin word meaning; inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; majestic: an august performance of a religious drama.
3. Anne Frank penned the last entry into her diary on August 1st, 1944, "[I] keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would like to be, and what I could be, if...there weren't any other people living in the world."
Three days later, Anne and her family were arrested and sent to Nazi concentration camps. Anne died at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp on March 15, 1945, at age 15.
1. The name comes from septem, Latin for “seven”, September used to be the seventh month in ancient times.
2. September born are said to be more likely to live the longest – outliving those born in March by an average of 215 days.
3. It is the harvest time for crops and that is why Switzerland calls September the harvest month. In the Northern hemisphere, beginning of September leads to the beginning of autumn while it is the beginning of spring in southern hemisphere.
1. The name comes from octo, Latin for “eight” When the Gregorian calendar was adopted, it became the tenth month of the year.
2. The Saxons called it Wyn Monath or the Wyn month as it was the season for wine making as well as Winterfylleth (Winter full moon).
3. October and February end on the same day of the week, and that January starts on the same day of the week, other than leap years.
1. The name comes from novem, Latin for “nine” as it was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar.
2. November to the Anglo-Saxons was known as 'Wind monath' (wind month) as well as 'blod monath' as it was the time when cattle were slaughtered for winter food.
3. In the United States and Canada, November is National Beard Month or No Shave Month known as Movember!
1. The last and the 12th month of the year comes from decem, Latin for “ten.”
2. Solstice occurs (Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, Summer Solstice in the Southern). actually lasts for three days, as the Sun appears to stand still (the actual meaning of the word solstice is standstill) in terms of where it rises and sets on the horizon.
3. It is the shortest day and longest night of the year, (reverse this for the Southern Hemisphere)