Saturday, March 01, 2008

Folklore of the month of March

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
March is named after the Roman God of War, Mars, as is the Red Planet.

The old Dutch name for it was Lent-maand; the old Saxon name was Hreth-monath (rough-month, from its boisterous winds, or some say from Hertha, or Nerthus, Earth Mother goddess), subsequently changed to Length-monath (lengthening-month); it was also called Hlyd-monath (boisterous month). In the French Revolutionary Calendar it was Ventôse (windy month, February 19 to March 20) ...

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