Tag: Months

September

September (Latin septem, “seven”) was originally the seventh of ten months on the Roman calendar, with March (Latin Martius) the first month of the year until perhaps as late as 153 BC. After the calendar reform added January and February to the beginning of the year, September became the ninth month, but retained its name. […]

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August

The month was originally called Sextilis, the sixth month in the then month Roman calendar and consisted of 31 days under Romulus in 753 BC, when March was the first month of the year. About 700 BC it became the eighth month when January and February were added to the year before March by King […]

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July

 July is the seventh month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars. It was named in honor of Julius Caesar. When Julius Caesar died, Quintilis, which was his birth month, was renamed with July. Quintilis means “fifth month” in Latin, which represents where this month originally fell in the Roman calendar. July’s Birth […]

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June

In Old English, this month was often referred to as simply “midsummer month.” It also may have been called “sere-month” (dry and withered). In the seventeenth century, the Latin name for the sixth month was referred to in English, Iūnius, meaning “sacred to Juno,” the Roman goddess of marriage and the wife of the supreme […]

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May

May is the fifth month of the Julian and Gregorian calendars.  Some sources say May was named after Maia, a Roman earth goddess of growing plants.  The important festival of Bona Dea, or celebration of the Good Goddess, was held in May.  Other sources site Ovid, who wrote May was named after Maiores, Latin for […]

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