March is here, and not only is it my birthday month, but it’s also the month that I feel many of us see as the true kickoff of spring. Flowers start blooming, weather starts warming, and we are so close to summer you can almost taste it.
Here are a few more interesting things you might not have known about the month of March:
1. March is named after Mars, the Roman god of war as it was the month in which the military campaigning season got under way after winter.
2. March was the first month of the year until the Gregorian calendar began to be used in 1752.
3. March is the only month with three consecutive consonants in its name in English.
4. An old proverb says, “March comes in a like a lion, and goes out like a lamb,” which is reference to winter ending and spring beginning. Another popular saying is “March is mad as a hare,” which is a reference to the animals fighting each other.
5. Some famous people born in March are “James Bond” actor Daniel Craig, celebrated children’s author Dr. Seuss, actress Jessica Biel, teenage heartthrob Justin Bieber, actress Eva Mendes, basketball star Shaquille O’Neal, “Orange is the New Black” actress Lauren Prepon, tattoo artist Kat Von D, theoretical physicist Albert Einstein, reality star Rob Kardashian, “Maroon 5” front man Adam Levine, “Die Hard” star Bruce Willis, Oscar-nominee Reese Witherspoon, Lady Gaga and Grammy winner Elton John.
6. Aquamarine and the bloodstone are the birthstones for March. Both stones stand for courage.
What does March mean to you?