More Interesting Facts about March

by Rachael Priest on March 10, 2012

In an earlier post, we discussed some fun facts about March. But March isn’t all about spring flowers and holidays. If you’d like to learn some interesting historical and scientific facts about this month, read on!

  • Origin of March

History tells us that Romans were responsible for naming the month of March, deriving the name from their mythological god of war, Mars. The Roman calendar originally placed March as the first month of the year. In 45 B.C., Julius Caesar moved it to the third month of the year, based on the Julian calendar. The Julian calendar evolved into the calendar we use today, the Gregorian calendar.

  • Beware Caesar, Beware the Ides of March!

On March 15th in the year 44 B.C. Julius Caesar was assassinated by multiple conspirators, which ultimately began the fall of the Roman Empire. Maybe they did it because he moved March to the third month of the year. 🙂

  • The Vernal Equinox

March 20th is the first day of spring, but do you know why? As the earth journeys on its orbit around the sun, the north and south poles tilt toward and away from the sun alternately. On the vernal equinox, the poles are aligned perpendicular to the direct light from the sun; as a result, each pole receives equal amounts of sunlight. The earth’s equator will be in the sun’s direct light, giving the northern and southern hemispheres equal exposure. This increase in sunlight creates the perfect environment for springtime flowers.

  • Daylight Savings Time

The practice of “springing forward” for Daylight Savings Time occurs in March. While Benjamin Franklin alluded to the idea in 1784, it was not originally proposed in its modern form until 1895. Daylight Savings Time is designed to provide more light in the evening hours throughout the spring and summer. The date for making the shift in our clocks has seen some changes over the years, but as of 2007, it begins on the second Sunday of March. Interestingly enough, Arizona and Hawaii do not observe the practice, and Indiana only began recognizing Daylight Savings Time in 2006.

Do you have more fun or interesting facts about the month of March? Let us hear about them by commenting below. If you feel inspired to celebrate March with beautiful springtime flowers then give us a call at Buds ‘n Bows Flower Shop at 706-743-5830.

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