Posted by: calendargal | May 24, 2010

History of the Calendar

Infoplease.com said it well “The purpose of the calendar is to reckon past or future time, to show how many days until a certain event takes place—the harvest or a religious festival—or how long since
something important happened.”

The names of the days are based on the seven celestial bodies (the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn), believed at that time to revolve around
Earth and influence its events.

January: named after Janus, the god of doors and gates

February: named after Februalia, a time period when sacrifices were made to atone for sins

March: named after Mars, the god of war

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 in 44 B.C.

August: named after Augustus Caesar in 8 B.C.

September: from septem, Latin for “seven”

October: from octo, Latin for “eight”

November: from novem, Latin for “nine”

December: from decem, Latin for “ten”

May 25th is Cookie Monster’s Birthday.

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