Monday, December 9, 2013

February, July, and August

Ever wonder why February has less days than the other months?
Well, I'll explain.

Julius Caesar named the month, July after himself and there are 31 days in the month. Augustus Caesar named the month, August after himself and this month contains 31 days. However, Julius was striving for some kind of power by giving himself the same number of days as Augustus's month. He didn't want less number of days, so he opted for the same number of days in the month. Julius took a day from February, and he reassigned it to his month leaving February with one less day and the only month with the least number of days in it.

Another fun fact is that we have other months named after people.
January was named for Janus. He was the keeper of the doorways in the Roman times.
February was from a Roman word meaning "Festival".
March was named after Mars. The Roman god of war.
April means "to open" probably because buds opened in April.
May was named after Maia, the mother of Mercury.
June was named after Juno, the queen of the gods in Roman mythology.

I hope you all enjoyed reading this little bit of history.

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