Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Did You Know Tuesday - Fun Facts About March

Pictured above:  "A Spike of Green" by Barbara Baker, with vintage children's book illustration by John Lawrence

March!  I love this month.  In my part of the world, March signals warmer weather on the way (usually by St. Patrick's Day), Spring, St. Patrick's Day (March 17) and Easter (either March or April, depending on the year).  Plus, my Mom's birthday is March 2!

Here are a few fun facts about March:

March was named for Mars, the god of war in Roman mythology.

The Old English word for March was Hlyda or Lide, a reference to high winds.

March is Women's History Month

The birth flower of March is the daffodil (one of my favorites - I love bulb flowers!).

The birthstone for March is the aquamarine.

This perfect quote from Emily Dickinson:  “March is the month of expectation, The things we do not know.” 

There is a saying, “March comes in a like a lion, and goes out like a lamb."  This means a month that starts with gentle weather may end with tumultuous weather, while a month that starts with tumultuous or winter weather may end with gentle, mild weather.

So, how did your March start - like a lion or a lamb?  Are you also a fan of this month?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments, below.   


Currently Kelsie said...

I always forget that March is women's history month! Crazy how it has snuck up on us so quickly this year!

Joules (from Pocketful of Joules) said...

Such great facts and I always think to myself when the weather is cold and yucky 'in like a lion and out like a lamp' hoping that it will be true each year!

Unknown said...

thanks for sharing these fun facts about March! Our March has started with hot weather, but rain is expected next week so I'm excited about that :) Have a great week!

Aishwarya Shenolikar said...

March is my favourite for the obvious reason that it's my birthday month! These quotes are really amazing! Glad I read it! :)

Farrah said...

I didn't know all these things about March! (I love daffodils too though! <3 ) Back in high school, March was the month where I found out what colleges I'd been accepted into, so I can definitely relate to the "month of expectation!"

Abigail White said...

Hell yeah for Women's History month! Great post :)

Birdhouse Books said...

Thanks for stopping by! I really enjoyed reading your posts. Happy March!!!

Susanne said...

This was one of of favorite Poems when I was a child, it was featured in a book I had, which was laid out by months of the year. I just googled it to see if I could find the book and it came up with your image above which was one of the pages of the book for March. I do not remember the name of the actual book or the author only this poem, do you by any change have the actual book for sale?.

Birdhouse Books said...

Susanne, how neat about your memory of this poem. I'm sorry to say I don't have the book here - just the vintage picture.

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