Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Happy New Years, It's Time for War

Ancient Rome considered March, known to them as Martius after the Roman god of war, to be the first month of the calendar year, because it was the first month in which the weather conditions were appropriate to go to war.

"The tradition of starting the year in March continued in some countries for a long time. January 1 was only instituted as New Year's Day in France in 1564. Great Britain and her colonies continued to use March 25 until 1752, the same year they finally adopted the Gregorian calendar."

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