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.