March is named after the Roman god of war – Mars.

Before the Gregorian calendar was invented back in 1752 March was the first month of the year.

Anglo Saxons called March ‘Hlyd Monath’ – which means stormy month.

This ties in with the old saying about the weather during this month – ‘March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb’, meaning that strong winds are usual for early March which calm down as the month nears its end.

March Traditions

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