The Month of March
March is the third month of the year, has 31 days, and is named after Mars, the Roman god of war.
Naming March - Mars’ Month
March is the third month of the year in both the Gregorian calendar and its predecessor, the Julian calendar. It was named after the Roman god of war, Mars.
- Middle English - March or Marche
- Latin name - Martius mensis - Month of Mars
- Old English - Martius
History of March
March was originally the first month of the year in older versions of the Roman calendar because of its association with the first day of spring. The vernal or March equinox occurs during this month, falling on the 19th, 20th, or 21st day. March also marked a time when war would resume after the winter months.
January became the first month of the calendar year around 700 BCE. Although January 1st is New Year’s Day, many cultures and religions still celebrate the beginning of the new year in March.
Third Month in the Year
March is the third month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendar that consists of 31 days. It was the first month of the year in the 10-month Roman calendar. It is considered the seasonal equivalent of September in the opposite hemisphere.
March starts on the same day of the week as February and November and ends on the same day of the week as June in common years.
Birth Flower and Stone
March’s birth flower is the daffodil.
The birthstones for March are aquamarine and bloodstone which symbolize courage.