The Old Farmer's Almanac says that this month was named for the Roman god of war, Mars. That was because this used to be the time of year where they resumed military campaigns that had been stopped because of winter.

March's birthstone is the aquamarine. This gem is a type of beryl; its color can be pale to dark blue, greenish-blue, or blue-green; deep with intense blue versions more valuable. It is said that aquamarine protects the psyche from taking on dark vibrations and negative behavioral patterns. Easy is the essence of the smooth flowing energy of aquamarine. It gently brings rejuvenation and renewal to the mind, body and spirit.

March birth flowers are the daffodil or jonquil. The daffodil signifies regard or unrequited love.

The zodiac signs for the month of March are Pisces (February 20 to March 20) and Aries (March 21 to April 20). Pisces are very friendly, so they often find themselves in a company of very different people. Pisces are selfless, they are always willing to help others without hoping to get anything back. Aries are noted for their strong leadership, self-confidence, energy and for their bravery.

We change our clocks in March for Daylight Saving Time (not Savings as we all call it). This year it falls on March 8th at 2 a.m. The United States started the practice in 1920 during World War II in order to save fuel

National Women's Day is also celebrated on March 8th every year. It is a focal point in the movement for women's rights. It also brings attention to ongoing struggles for equality around the world.

We’ve all heard it said, but what does “Beware the Ides of March” actually mean? On the Roman calendar, the midpoint of every month was known as the Ides. The Ides of March fell on March 15th. Supposedly, in 44 BC, a seer told Julius Caesar that his downfall would come no later than the Ides of March. Caesar ignored him, and when the fated day rolled around he joked with the seer, “The Ides of March have come.” The seer replied, “aye, Caesar; but not gone.” Caesar continued on to a senate meeting at the Theatre of Pompey, and was summarily murdered by as many as 60 conspirators.

On March 17th we celebrate St. Patrick's Day. He was a priest who spread Christianity throughout Ireland. Supposedly shamrocks are a symbol that he used to explain the Holy Trinity. Here in Chicago the river has traditionally been dyed bright green and we also have one of the largest parades, which is just an excuse for many parade-goers to be "over-served".

.On March 19th Spring arrives when the sun stands directly over Earth’s equator in the Southern Hemisphere,

There are many month-long observances and here are a few of them:

-National Umbrella Month

-Women's History Month -Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month -National Nutrition Month -Irish-American Heritage Month -Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month -National Reading Awareness Month

Some of the more wacky things to celebrate this month are:

-March 3: What If Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day

-March 9: International Fanny Pack Day

-March 13: National Ear Muff Day

-March 16: National Panda Day

-March 21: Absolutely Incredible Kid Day

-March 23: World Meteorological Day

-March 31: World Backup Day

What a great month with more light and Spring arriving - enjoy - I know I will!

Source: Excerpts from the Old Farmer's Almanac

Laura Flynn, Real Estate Broker

Coldwell Banker

Downers Grove, IL

5114 Main Street

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