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Meteor Watch Day

June 30 is Meteor Watch Day. Both an invitation to admire the gorgeous shooting stars and a reminder that millions of rocks are cruising the skies dangerously all the time. Learn more about it here! June 30 is Meteor Watch Day, and it’s a reminder that millions of...

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Holidays by Month

January

Before January existed, the Roman ten-month calendar was followed as it consisted of months from March to December. The reason January was added as the first month was that the semi-mythical successor of Romulus, King of Numa Pompilious added January and February as the start of the year to make it equivalent to the lunar year. January in Latin means Ianuarius, named after Janus, which was the Roman god of new beginnings which was why the month was appointed to be the first one of the year. Let’s take a look and discover all January holidays.

February

Because the months did not align with the lunar year, Numa Pompilius changed that as he added January and February to the calendar before March. The name of February comes from the Latin term ‘februum’ as it means purification. That began when a purification ritual was held on February 15th on the Roman calendar as there was a Full Moon on that date. Roses, chocolates, and romantic dinners are associated with February since that is the month of Valentine’s Day, but there’s more to celebrate here…

March

March is the third month of the year, but at one time, it was the first month. That meant at one time; March marked the time of the new year – especially in Britain and most areas of Europe. The name March is derived from the Roman god of war, Mars. There is no coincidence that the end of March marks the start of the first zodiac sign, Aries. However, when March was the start of the New Year, it was also a time when the military season began in Ancient Rome.

April

The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, the weather is warming, and it is often raining. It must be April, the fourth month of the year. However, at one time, it was the second month of the year. There is also the belief that the name April comes from the word ‘aperrire,’ which is Latin ‘to open,’ as it represents the opening of flower bugs and tree growth as that is what spring in the Northern Hemisphere means. Curious enough, here’s more… 

May

What is the month when the weather is often beautiful, great movies come out, and television shows are exciting? That would be the month of May and it is the fifth month of the year. The belief was that May was named after the Roman goddess, Maia, but other theories state that May likely was named after the Latin word, maiores which means seniors. Maia was the goddess of fertility; as a similar Roman goddess, Bona Dea as the Romans held the festival Bona Dea during May.

June

When you think of gorgeous bouquets, fresh fruits and vegetables, and sunshine, you can envision the month of June. June is the sixth month of the year, and the month was likely named after the Roman goddess Juno, the wife of Jupiter. Juno represented the wellbeing of women and was the patroness of marriage. There is also the belief that the name June came from the Latin ‘juevnis’, which means young people. For a long time, young people were celebrated in June.

July

Swimsuits, barbeque, hot summer days! That is what you think of when you think of July, in the Northern Hemisphere, that is. In the Southern Hemisphere, July is all about skiing! July is the seventh month of the year, and it has 31 days in the month. However, July was not always the seventh month of the year, and it also had a different name.

 

August

The first thing that comes to people’s minds whenever August rolls around is that it is known to be the Sunday of summer. That is because August is the final full month of summer in the Northern Hemisphere anyway. August is when clothing stores begin selling fall jackets, hats, scarves, and so on. That is the time to make the most of the season since it is close to coming to an end.

September

Summer vacations end as kids get back to school, and the weather begins turning somewhat cooler as autumn is on the horizon. That is September in a nutshell, in the Northern Hemisphere anyway. In the Southern Hemisphere, the opposite is true, as the end of September marks the beginning of spring south of the equator. September is the ninth month of the calendar; however, in the Roman calendar, it was the seventh month as ‘sept’ means seven

October

When you think of the colors of leaves changing, the harvesting of apples, pumpkins, and squash, as well as Halloween, you will think of October. That is what represents October as that is the month heavily associated with autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, and in the Southern Hemisphere, it is spring.

 

November

The holidays are almost here, and people are beginning to do their holiday shopping, and the weather is becoming cold and crisp as the hints of winter are fast approaching. That is what sums up the month of November. However, in the Southern Hemisphere, the opposite is true as that is the time when spring is in full swing.

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December

When you think of Christmas and New Year’s Eve, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? The month of December, of course. That is the month of the holidays that take us away from the harsh realities of life. December is the 12th or final month of the year. December is also the start of the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, and the start of the summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. Now let’s talk about some December holidays.

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Social Media Day

Social media is a big part of people's lives as that is the best way to connect with others since people are so busy otherwise as they don't have the time to visit them. There are so many other things you can do with social media as well, and there is a day to...