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Meaning of the months

Month : Meaning

January : Januarius (latin), after Janus, the Roman god who faces two ways and was often represented on doorways.

February : Februarius (latin), taken from Februa, a purification rite that took place on Feb 15th.

March : Martius (latin), named after Mars, the Roman god of war.

April : Aprilis (Latin) “to open” : blossoming flowers.

May : Maius (larin), after the goddess Maia or “majores” (‘elders’) and referring to a period when older people were honored.

June : Junius (latin), named after the goddess Jno or “iuniores (young people) indicating a period when youth was celebrated.

July : Named after Gaius Julius Caesar.

August : Named after Agustus Caesar, the first Roman Emperor.

September : Septem (latin), meaning ‘seven’ originally the 7th month in the Roman calendar.

October : Octo (latin), meaning ‘eight’ originally the 8th month in the Roman calendar.

November : Novem (latin), meaning ‘nine’ originally the 9th month in the Roman calendar.

December : Decem (latin) meaning ‘ten – originally the 10th month in the Roman calendar.

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