March is the 3rd month of the year in the Gregorian calendar and one of the seven months containing 31 days. The name comes from ancient Rome and refers to Martius, the Roman god of war. In Rome, 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 new military campaigns. January did not become the first month of the calendar year until about 700 BC. Many other cultures and religions still celebrate the beginning of the New Year in March.
March's Birthstone is Aquamarine:
The gemstone aquamarine is the blue-green variety of the mineral beryl. Derived from the Roman word "Aqua," meaning water, and "mare," meaning sea, this pale blue gem does indeed resemble the color of seawater. The ancient Romans believed that the Aquamarine was sacred to Neptune, the god of the sea, having fallen from the jewel boxes of sirens and washed onto shore. Early sailors wore aquamarine talismans, engraved with the likeness of Neptune, as protection against dangers at sea. Sentiments associated with aquamarine include safety, security, loyalty, and honesty.
March's Flower is the Daffodil:
Symbolizing rebirth and new beginnings, the daffodil is virtually synonymous with spring. Though their botanic name is narcissus, daffodils are sometimes called jonquils, and in England, because of their long association with Lent, they’re known as the “Lent Lily.” Lore connecting the daffodil to not only a sign of winter’s end but a lucky emblem of future prosperity is found throughout the world. In Wales, it’s said if you spot the first daffodil of the season, your next 12 months will be filled with wealth, and Chinese legend has it that if a daffodil bulb is forced to bloom during the New Year, it will bring good luck to your home.
As the March birth flower and the 10th wedding anniversary flower, a gift of daffodils is said to ensure happiness. But always remember to present daffodils in a bunch – the same legends that associate this cheerful flower with good fortune warn us that when given as a single bloom, a daffodil can foretell misfortune - www.teleflora.com
Notable Dates this month:
Ash Wednesday 3/9
International Women’s Day, 3/8
Saint Patrick’s Day, 3/17
Vernal Equinox, 3/20