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 Five Monthly Origins

The Gregorian calendar has many inspirations for its months, and has subsequently inspired many names of its own (like Gregorian Brady). Here are five months that live up to their name:
August. Augustus Caesar was a Roman emperor put in place by his predecessor and relative Julius Caesar. (How quaint it was for ancient leaders to be selected by birth name rather than merit!) The month August has no major holidays and is now simply when Europeans take four of their allotted nine weeks of vacation. But just think how cool August would be if it had kept its original name, Sextilis.

February. Named after a festival of purification, February would most naturally follow Sextilis. Instead, it comes at a time when cold weather dictates all purification take place indoors. Cleaning VCR heads and installing anti-virus software should not count as purification.

December. The etymology of our calendar's end is "the tenth month," proving once and for all that Christmas does come earlier each year.

June. As the patroness of marriage, Juno is responsible for the well-being of women. While some would argue about marriage and well-being going together, Juno did put her month when the weather is nice and Crate & Barrel has some great sales.

March. The Roman god of war was Mars. He was originally the god of agriculture, but as John Mellencamp will tell you, it's hard to make a living on the farm. The biggest wars for the U.S. have not begun in March, but then again, festivals of purification like weapons inspections usually have not taken place in February.


Emil Gam