The First of the Year

By | Mar 1, 2010

In ancient Rome the first month of the new year was the same one in which spring began. That month was called Martius after the God of War, Mars. Today we call the month March. Spring would seem a natural time for the new year to begin, since that’s when the climate changes and the seasonal plants begin to grow.

Many cultures kept March as the beginning of the new numbered year long into modern times. Russia used March 1 as the beginning of the year until the end of the fifteenth century. Great Britain used March 25 as the first day of the year until 1752, the year they adopted the Gregorian Calendar.

March is known as Women’s History Month. As late as the 1970’s, very little women’s history were taught in the United States public school systems. The National Women’s History Project in 1970’s led a Education Task Force in Sonoma California to address this issue. From this, Women’s History Week was established beginning on March 8, 1978.

By the end of the 1980’s, the Unites States Congress had passed the Nation Women’s History Month Resolution, which declared officially that March would be Women’s History Month. The 2008 theme is Women’s Art:Women’s Vision.

In March the NCAA basketball season ends with those conference which have tournaments and the beginning of the chase for the National Champion. The time of the season has been termed March Madness. It’s an exciting time, but can also be slightly depressing since all but one team’s final game of the season ends with a lost.

Have you ever wonder how the date of Easter is determined? It’s related to the full moon and the first day of spring. Easter occurs on the 1st Sunday after the first full moon on or after March 21st. The full moon this march is on March 30st, with Easter being April 4th.


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