March winds and April showers
bring forth May flowers.
“If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb.”
I usually begin looking for the first Robin around March 1st.
However, with the very strange weather we have had, a number of Robins stayed around all winter!
The name of March comes from ancient Rome, when March was the first month of the year and named Martius after Mars or Ares, the Greek god of war. InRome, where the climate is Mediterranean, March was the first month of spring, a logical point for the beginning of the year as well as the start of the military campaign season.~ wikipedia
Superstitions about the Month of March
1. “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” This means that the first day of March is often stormy, and the last day is mild and warm.
2. “April borrowed from March three days, and they were ill.” This refers to the first three days of April, which are generally rough and blustery like March.
3. A third saying calls the first three days of March “blind days” because they are “unlucky.” If rain falls on these days, farmers supposedly will have poor harvests.
The month of March is an important month in the North. (Beginning of spring and growing season)
Some proverbs and lore about March include:
“A dry March and a wet May? Fill barns and bays with corn and hay.”
“As it rains in March so it rains in June.”
“A peck o’ March dust is worth a king’s ransom.”
“A peck o’ March dust is worth its waicht in goud.”
“March and come in like an adder’s head, an gang oot like a peacock’s tail.”
“March sud come in like a boar’s head, an gang oot like a peacock’s tail.”
“March sud come in like a lion an gang oot like a lam’.”
The last three days of March were said to be “borrowed” from April.
There are two versions of the rhyme about the “borrowing days”:–
“March borrowed from April
Three days, and they were ill;
The first it wiz snaw an sleet,
The second it was caul an weet,
The third it was sic a freeze
The birds’ nibs stack t’ the trees.”
“March said to April–
I see three hoggs on yonder hill,
In ye wad lend me dayis three
I’ll dee ma best t’ gar them dee.”
March National Nutrition Month – Get Your Plate in Shape