How March Got Its Name

Written by: Shelby Nix

Back in ancient Rome, March was the first month in the new year. Historians suggests that March was called Mars by the Romans. Mars is the Roman god of war.  As the Oxford English Dictionary notes, ‘In ancient Rome several festivals of Mars took place in March, presumably in preparation for the campaigning season, since Mars was a god of war.’

March comes from Latin Martius. The god of war used this month as the beginning of this season for both farming and warfare. 


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