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
The Fear of Friday the 13th is trying to pronounce
Q: Why aren’t people afraid of Friday the 13th?
A1: The lights are out, the windows are boarded up, the lawns aren’t cut. Everyday is Friday the 13th in America now.
A2: After losing their home, job, and 401k nothing scares them now!
The Fear of Friday the 13th occurs 3 times in 2012:
July 13Looking ahead, 2013 will have two Friday the 13ths — in September and December.That means we can all rest easy for quite a while.
Except for the fact it’s 2013 for the whole year!
What do you believe?
The fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga being the name of the Norse goddess for whom “Friday” is named and triskaidekaphobia meaning fear of the number thirteen), or paraskevidekatriaphobia a concatenation of the Greek words Paraskeví ( meaning “Friday”), and dekatreís ( meaning “thirteen”) attached tophobía ( from phóbos, meaning “fear”). The latter word was derived in 1911 and first appeared in a mainstream source in 1953.
superstitions about the number thirteen include:
- There are thirteen steps leading to the gallows.
- There are thirteen knots in a hangman’s noose.
- It is thirteen feet the blade of a guillotine falls.
- There were thirteen people at the last supper.
- Lizzy Borden was said to have spoken only thirteen words at her trial.
- There were thirteen original colonies.
- The US Seal has thirteen stars, bars, and feathers in the eagle’s tail. The eagle carriesthirteen bars in one claw, thirteen olive branches in the other.
- E pluribus Unum has thirteen letters.
- Ancient Romans regarded the number thirteen as a symbol of death, destruction and misfortune.
- The thirteenth card in a Tarot deck is “Death” often pictured as the Grim Reaper (a skeleton, often in a hooded cape, carrying a scythe). It should be noted however, that the Death card is rarely if ever read as “death” but as transition, change or new beginnings.
- The driver of Princess Diana’s vehicle hit pillar #13 at Place de l’Alma when she was killed in Paris, France.
- Apollo 13. In 1970, the thirteenth mission was to be launched from pad #39 (13 x 3). The mission was aborted, after an explosion occurred in the fuel cell of their service module. The rocket had left launching pad at 13:13 CST and the date was April 13th.
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