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NOVEMBER – The Story of a King, Numbers, and Change

Did you know that the word novem in November means nine in Latin? Putting two and two together will tell you that at a point in time, November was the ninth month of the calendar. So, what changed? How did it become the eleventh month? If you have been following our articles on the months of the [...]

SEPTEMBER – The Tale Of a Month Bumped From the Seventh Position To the Ninth

Yay! It's September, and nothing reminds us of the year coming to an end - and all the festivities involved! - than the first of the ember months. But how did September, named for the seventh month of the Roman calendar come to be the ninth month  in our modern calendar, the Gregorian calendar?  From [...]

August, The Month Whose Length Was Increased To Please an Emperor

August is the eighth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar - which we use -, and was originally named Sextillus because it was the sixth month in the ancient Roman calendar.  The Eighth Month After Julius Caesar's grandnephew, Augustus, defeated Marc Antony and Cleopatra and became emperor of Rome, the Roman Senate decided that [...]

JULY, the Month That Was Named In Honour of a Roman General

In keeping with our tradition of finding out how months got their names, we will be taking a look at the month of July on this seventh day of this seventh month. The Seventh Month  July is the seventh month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars, and one of seven months with a [...]

Is JUNE, the Sixth Month Named For Juno or For the Young Ones?

Today is the sixth day of the sixth month of the Gregorian calendar. And as it is our tradition on Passnownow.com, we shall be doing an analysis of this month of much sunshine. What's In a Name? The Latin name for June is Junius. In the Fasti, a poem written by Ovid about the Roman calendar, [...]

What No One Ever Told You About APRIL, the Fourth Month

Did you notice that today is the fourth day of the fourth month? So, what do you know about April, the first month of the second quarter of the year? Below are some things no one ever told you about the beautiful April. And the Month Was Named APRIL! The origin of this name lies [...]

Beware the IDES OF MARCH! Why? And What Is It Exactly?

If you are a Literature student, and a student of Shakespeare, you must have read the soothsayer's warning to Julius Caesar to “Beware the Ides of March”. What exactly is the Ides of March? In the earliest Roman calendar which consisted of ten months beginning with Martius (March), dates were expressed in relation to the [...]

Why Do We Have LEAP YEARS?

If you are not aware already, the year 2016 is a leap year! This means that instead of 28 days in February, we would have 29 days. That said, what is the origin of the leap year? What are the criteria for a leap day, and how is it calculated? Origin of the Leap Year [...]

Did You Know that Making New Year Resolutions Started 4,000 Years Ago?

The ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first people to make New Year’s resolutions, some 4,000 years ago. They were also the first to hold recorded celebrations in honor of the new year—though for them, the year began not in January but in mid-March, when the crops were planted. During a massive 12-day [...]