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March About this sound (listen) is in present time held to be the third month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It is one of the seven months which are 31 days long.

March in the Northern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent of September in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Northern hemisphere, the beginning of the meteorological spring is 1 March. In the Southern hemisphere, the beginning of the meteorological autumn is 1 March.

The name of March comes from ancient Rome, when March was the first month of the year and named Martius after Mars or Ares, the Greek god of war. In Rome, where the climate is Mediterranean, March was the first month of spring, a logical point for the beginning of the year as well as the start of the military campaign season. January became the first month of the calendar year either under King Numa Pompilius (c. 713 BC) or under the Decemvirs about 450 BC (Roman writers differ). The numbered year began on March 1 in Russia until the end of the 15th century. Great Britain and its colonies continued to use March 25 until 1752, which was when they ultimately adopted the Gregorian calendar. Many other cultures and religions still celebrate the beginning of the New Year in March.

In Finnish, the month is called maaliskuu, which originates from maallinen kuu, meaning earthy month, because during maaliskuu, earth finally becomes visible under the snow. In Ukrainian, the month is called березень, meaning birch tree. Historical names for March include the Saxon Lentmonat, named after the equinox and gradual lengthening of days, and the eventual namesake of Lent. Saxons also called March Rhed-monat or Hreth-monath (deriving from their goddess Rhedam/Hreth), and Angles called it Hyld-monath. The Turkish word Mart is given after the name of Mars the god.

March starts on the same day of the week as November every year and February in common years only. March ends on the same day of the week as June every year.


Events in March

March, from the Très riches heures du duc de Berry
Easter eggs. Easter is usually celebrated in March or in April.

March symbols

The Daffodil, the floral emblem of March
  • March's birthstones are aquamarine and bloodstone. These stones mean courage.
  • Its birth flower is the Daffodil.[1]


External links

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  • March — March, n. [F. marche.] 1. The act of marching; a movement of soldiers from one stopping place to another; military progress; advance of troops. [1913 Webster] These troops came to the army harassed with a long and wearisome march. Bacon. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • March — n [U and C] written abbreviation Mar. [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: Latin martius, from martius of Mars, god of war ] the third month of the year, between February and April next/last March ▪ She started work here last March. in March ▪ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • march — march1 [märch] vi. [Fr marcher < OFr, prob. < Frank * markon < * marka,MARK: orig. sense prob. “to pace off the boundary”] 1. to walk with regular, steady steps of equal length, usually in a group or military formation 2. to walk in a… …   English World dictionary

  • March — (m[aum]rch), n. [L. Martius mensis Mars month fr. Martius belonging to Mars, the god of war: cf. F. mars. Cf. {Martial}.] The third month of the year, containing thirty one days. [1913 Webster] The stormy March is come at last, With wind, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • March — March, v. i. [Cf. OF. marchir. See 2d {March}.] To border; to be contiguous; to lie side by side. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] That was in a strange land Which marcheth upon Chimerie. Gower. [1913 Webster] {To march with}, to have the same boundary for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • March — [ martʃ ] noun count or uncount *** the third month of the year, between February and April: His birthday is in March. The concert is on March 29. They had a baby last March …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • March — March, v. t. To cause to move with regular steps in the manner of a soldier; to cause to move in military array, or in a body, as troops; to cause to advance in a steady, regular, or stately manner; to cause to go by peremptory command, or by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • march — märch n the progression of epileptic activity through the motor centers of the cerebral cortex that is manifested in localized convulsions in first one and then an adjacent part of the body <the Jacksonian march of convulsions> * * *… …   Medical dictionary

  • march — sb., en, er, erne, i sms. march , fx marchkomponist, marchordre; march på stedet …   Dansk ordbog

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