The Names of the Months.

  Ramesh A
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  • Months are based roughly on the moon. A lunar month is 29 1 /2 days, or the time from one new moon to the next.
  • 12 lunar months leave 11 days remaining in the solar year.
  • To help you remember the days of the month, remember “30 days has September, April, June, and November. All the rest have 31, except February, which has 28.”

The Names of the Months

  • January:  named after  Janus , protector of the gateway to heaven
  • February:  named after Februalia, a time period when sacrifices were made to atone for sins
  • March:  named after  Mars , the god of war, presumably signifying that the campaigns interrupted by the winter could be resumed
  • April:  from  aperire,  Latin for “to open” (buds)
  • May:  named after  Maia , the goddess of growth of plants
  • June:  from  junius,  Latin for the goddess  Juno
  • July:  named after  Julius Caesar
  • August:  named after  Augustus , the first Roman Emperor
  • September:  from  septem,  Latin for “seven”
  • October:  from  octo,  Latin for “eight”
  • November:  from  novem,  Latin for “nine”
  • December:  from  decem,  Latin for “ten”
NOTE: The earliest Latin calendar was a 10-month one; thus September was the seventh month, October, the eighth, etc. July was originally called Quintilis, as the fifth month; August was originally called Sextilis, as the sixth month.

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