What is special about the month of March?

The Month of March

March is the third month of the year. On the Roman calendar, the year began with March. Romans named the month after Mars, their god of war, because they prepared to go off to war in springtime.

March has not always been the third month in a year. In early versions of the ancient Roman calendar, the year began with March or Martius. Because the month coincides with the time of the March equinox and the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, where the calendar originated, March was considered to be a month of new beginnings.

The months of January and February did not feature in earlier versions of the Roman calendar. They were added to the end of the year around 700 BCE and became the first months of the year around 450 BCE, pushing March to its currently held third position.

In the northern half of the world, people often say that “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb”. This means that the weather in early March is often stormy, but by the end, it is mild. In the southern part of the world, March is the beginning of autumn.

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