Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Happy New Year!!! It's March 1st! What??

So if you ever looked at the calendar and have seen the months SEPTEMber, NOVEMber, OCTOber, and DECEMber; did you ever wonder why the months where labelled #'s 7-10?

Well I did, and the answer was almost as confusing as the research into it;

In short our last four months use the Latin Number system:
Septem=7
Octo=8
Novem=9
Decem=10 (pronounced Deck-em)

Now I will make it easy for my readers to understand the basics behind December being the 10th month.

This is because before the switch to the Julian Calendar System, prior to the Gregorian System we now use, the Romans started their year in the Month of March, but after the switch to the Julian System, the year beginning was pushed back 2 months- so starting it on Jan, 1st instead of March 1st. Hence making the 7th month the 9th and so on.

Did you know? July & August were also Number named months,(#5 & 6 in Latin), but were subsequently renamed after two Romans, Julius Ceaser, for July and /Julius Ceasar Agustus for August.

So if you are so inclined and you like to party, herer is another excuse to do so!

Party On!

R. William Holzkopf Jr.

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