March is a good time to get your Lily Turf, also known as Liriope muscari, which is the clumping kind, ready to show its spring and summer beauty. In my opinion the most desirable variety is named “Big Blue.” It grows in clumps. The Monroe White variety is usually more difficult to find but is very attractive.By Tom Terry, Master Gardener
1. It’s March—Happy New Year, ancient Romans!
Welcome to the third month of the year—or, if you were born before 150 B.C., the first! According to the oldest Roman calendars, one year was ten months long, beginning in March and ending in December. It may sound crazy, but you can still see traces of this old system in our modern calendar: because December was the tenth month, it was named for the number ten in Latin (decem), just like September was named for seven (septem). So, what about January and February? They were just two nameless months called “winter,” proving that winter is literally so awful it doesn’t even deserve a spot on the calendar. Check out these vintage photos that prove winter was way worse in the past.
2. It’s the best month for basketball (but worst for productivity)
For civilians, on the other hand, March is known for one thing above all others: brackets. March Madness, as the NBA calls it, runs from March 11 to April 2 this year, and the safest bet you can make is that lots and lots of people will be distracted. One number-crunching firm predicted last year that American companies would lose $1.9 billion in wages paid to unproductive workers spending company time on betting pool priorities. (Suffice it to say, March is not a productive month—this is the single most productive hour and month of the year.) How to recoup these costs? Go into gambling. According to the American Gaming Association, fans wagered more than $2 billion on March Madness brackets for the 2015 tournament. Each one of those 70-million-or-so brackets has a one in 9.2 quintillion (that’s 9 followed by 18 zeroes) chance of predicting the correct winners of every game. Good luck!
3. It’s also the best month for vasectomies
March Madness is a cherished time to reacquaint oneself with the couch, especially during the early tournament days when dozens of games unfold consecutively. In other words, it’s the perfect week to recover from a vasectomy!
According to doctors at the Cleveland Clinic, the number of vasectomies surges by 50 percent during the first week of March Madness. Why? Patients typically need “at least a day with ice” to keep swelling down, says urologist Stephen Jones, MD, “So if they’re going to spend a whole day doing nothing, it’s not hard to figure out that they’d want to do it on a day they’d like to be sitting in front of the television.”
Smart clinics even offer incentives, like the Cape Cod urologists who offered a free pizza with every vasectomy in March 2012. That deal is certainly a cut above the rest!
4. March was named for war—and lives up to its title
So, if so many months were named for their Latin numbers, why wasn’t March called… unumber? Firstly, because that sounds ridiculous, and secondly, because the Gods had dibs on it. March was actually named for the Latin Martius—aka Mars, the Roman God of war and a mythical ancestor of the Roman people via his wolf-suckling sons, Romulus and Remus. With the winter frosts melting and the ground becoming fertile for harvest again in the Northern hemisphere, March was historically the perfect month for both farmers to resume farming, and warriors to resume warring.
Incidentally, the Pentagon still seems to agree with this Roman tradition: with the exception of the recent War on Afghanistan, almost all major US-NATO led military operations since the invasion of Vietnam have begun in the month of March. You can see a full list here, but to name a few: Vietnam (initiated March 8, 1965), Iraq (March 20, 2003), and Libya (March 19, 2011) all follow the trend.
5. Beware The Ides of March unless you’re a cat
We’ve all heard it uttered, but what does “beware the Ides of March” actually mean? On the Roman calendar, the midpoint of every month was known as the Ides. The Ides of March fell on March 15th. This day was supposed to correlate with the first full moon of the year (remember, winter didn’t count then) and marked by religious ceremonies, but thanks to Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar we know it for another reason. Supposedly, in 44 BC, a seer told Julius Caesar that his downfall would come no later than the Ides of March. Caesar ignored him, and when the fated day rolled around he joked with the seer, “The Ides of March have come.” The seer replied, “aye, Caesar; but not gone.” Caesar continued on to a senate meeting at the Theatre of Pompey, and was summarily murdered by as many as 60 conspirators. Ironically, the spot where Caesar was assassinated is protected in today’s Rome as a no-kill cat sanctuary.
So, if someone tells you “beware the Ides of March,” they are probably just being a jerk, or letting you know they’ve read Shakespeare. Don’t miss more facts about the Ides of March you should know.
Need more reasons to love March? Here are a dozen.
6. March 1: As the saying goes, March comes “in like a lion, out like a lamb.” That was certainly true on March 1st, 2007, when a detachment of 170 Swiss infantrymen accidentally invaded neighboring Liechtenstein when they got lost on a training mission.
7. March 2: NASA astronaut Scott Kelly returned from space after one full year, setting a new record for the longest uninterrupted trip to space.
8. March 5: Thirsty bros observe Cinco De Marcho, initiating a 12-day drinking regimen for anyone who wishes to “train one’s liver for the closing ceremonies on St. Patrick’s Day.” By the way, this is why we wear green for St. Patrick’s Day.
9. March 6: The Day of The Dude encourages participants to honor The Big Lebowski by takin’er easy all day, man.
10. March 13: Daylight saving time begins, freeing American city-dwellers from the constant refrain of “it’s dark before I even leave work.” Don’t miss these other daylight saving time facts you probably didn’t know.
11. March 14: Pi Day celebrates the annual occurrence of 3/14 with math jokes, pi-reciting competitions, and (of course) freshly baked pie.
12. March 17: St. Patrick’s Day turns the Chicago River green, and too many livers cirrhosis-damage-brown. (You’ll want to check out these St. Patrick’s Day “facts” that are actually false.) And on this day in 1973, Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of The Moon” first hits the Billboard Top 200 chart at number 95. A mere 14 years later (736 chart weeks, to be exact), it finally leaves the top 200 for the first time, setting a still-unbroken world record. (You’ve got a long way to go, Adele.)
13. March 20: The sun shines on the equator for the Vernal Equinox, giving us a near 50-50 split of day and night.
14. March 21: The 10th anniversary Twitter founder Jack Dorsey inaugurating the social media site with its profound first tweet: “just setting up my twttr”
15. March 27: Easter Sunday
16. March 28: Gorge Yourself on Discount Easter Candy Monday
Historical Facts & Events In March
march : Historical Events
It was initially a unanimous decision to make March the first month of the year. It has been named after Mars, the God of War and the son of Juno and Jupiter. He has been described as a chivalrous and hot-headed deity. He is known for his battle against the giants as well his significant role in the Trojan War.
The month was named after Mars since the weather is as Charles Dickens observed, “It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade”.
Events By Days
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- Someone wise once said, “Life is all about sequence of events; although every event is a successor…
- The various dates of a calendar play an important part in our lives. The day our parents got…
- Apart from a few days of national importance, such as the Independence Day or probably the death…
- “History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.” – Napoleon…
- Our life comprises of events that are interlinked to incidents which have occurred in the past or…
- In a typical Gregorian calendar of 365 days, there are hardly a few of them which may seem…
- Certain events in history such as World War I and the Great Depression have made a huge impact on…
- “We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” -Martin Luther King, Jr. March 23rd,…
- If you think your life is eventful, then the events that took place on the 24th March are going to…
- Queen Victoria once said, “Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my…
- All these years March 26 came and went by and most of us didn’t realize its significance, but…
- Today, we take a look at the 86th day of the year on the Gregorian Calendar- March 27. According to…
- As they say, ‘history repeats itself’. Therefore, to be in a better disposition we need to keep…
- History for any country or rather individual is basically something that has been printed and hence…
- Every date of the calendar has its own share of iconic episodes and the 30th of March too is a bag…
- March 31 may be of great importance to many people around the world. For some, it would mark the…
About the Month of March
March is the 3rd month of the year and has 31 days.
Season (Northern Hemisphere): Spring
Symbols of March
- Birthstone: aquamarine and bloodstone
- Flower: daffodil
- Zodiac signs: Pisces and Aries
The name March comes from the Roman god of war, Mars. For many years, March, being the start of spring, was also the start of the New Year. Much of Europe used March as the start of the year. Britain used March 25th as the beginning of the New Year until 1752.
March in Other Languages
- Chinese (Mandarin) – sanyuè
- Danish – marts
- French – mars
- Italian – marzo
- Latin – Martius
- Spanish – marzo
- Roman: Martius
- Saxon: Hrethmonath
- Germanic: Lenz-mond (Springtime month)
Fun Facts about March
- It is the first month of Spring which begins between March 19-21.
- In the Southern Hemisphere, March is the same as September in the Northern Hemisphere.
- Each year March and June end on the same day of the week.
- It is the time of year when animals start to wake up from hibernation.
- March Madness is a basketball tournament played by the NCAA.
- Easter is sometimes celebrated in March.
Below are some fun facts about March:
- The birthstone for March is the aquamarine.
- The zodiac signs for March are Aries (March 21 – April 19) and Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
- The birth flower for March is daffodil.
- American Red Cross Month
- Fire Prevention Month
- Women’s History Month
- National Reading Day
- Saint David’s Day
- World Math’s Day – the first Wednesday in March
- March 1 is the date the Nebraskans celebrate the admission of their state to the union.
- March 2nd is celebrated by Texas as the anniversary of its independence from Mexico.
- On March 4, 1681, William Penn was granted Pennsylvania’s royal charter.
- March 25th is celebrated by people in Maryland to commemorate the arrival of the first Maryland colonists in 1634.
- Purim, a Jewish festival usually occurs in March. It is held on the day corresponding to the 14th day of Adar on the Hebrew calendar.
- March 8 – International Women’s Day
- March 14 – Pi Day
- March 19 – Saint Joseph’s Day
- March 22 – World Water Day
- March 23 – Pakistan Day
- March 26 – Bangladeshi Independence Day
Famous people born in the month of March include Albert Einstein, Vincent Van Gogh, Daniel Craig, Justin Bieber, and Bruce Willis.
March Health Awareness
- Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month
- National Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month
- National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
- National Endometriosis Awareness Month
- National Kidney Month
- National Nutrition Month
- National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month
- Save Your Vision Month
- Trisomy Awareness Month
- World Kidney Day (March 14)
- World Sleep Day (March 15)
- National School Breakfast Week (March 4–8)
- National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10)
- Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 10–16)
- National Sleep Awareness Week (March 3–10)
- Brain Awareness Week (March 11–17)
- National Poison Prevention Week (March 17–23)
- National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 20)
- World Tuberculosis Day (March 24)
- American Diabetes Alert Day (March 26)
- Purple Day for epilepsy awareness (March 26)