THE OLD FARMER’S ALMANAC

March 15 — The Ides of March.

This has long been considered an ill-fated day. The word ides comes from a Latin word meaning “to divide.” In fact, the ancient Romans considered the ides of any month unfavorable. The concept of unlucky days survived Julius Caesar (who was assassinated on March 15, 44 B.C.—talk about bad luck) and calendar reforms. William Shakespeare made the phrase “Beware the ides of March” a popular saying in his play Julius Caesar.

 

March 20 —Vernal EquinoX

Spring began at exactly 1:48 A.M. (EDT).

Wind northeast or north at noon of the vernal equinox, no fine weather before midsummer. If westerly or southwesterly, fine weather ’til midsummer.

 

March 21 —Full Worm Moon

At the time of this spring Moon, the ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of robins. This is also known as the Sap Moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins.

 

March 23 —Easter

This Christian holy day celebrates the resurrection of Christ after his Crucifixion. It was probably the earliest of the church’s annual festivals and was fused with elements of pagan spring festivals celebrating new life.

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