We all know there are 12 of them, but why did we pick such names for them, are where are they from? First, let’s let’s remind ourselves of the the months of the year. They are as follows:

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.

January is named after the Roman god Januarius, who was famous for having two heads, one looking backwards to symbolise the past, and one looking forwards to symbolise the future. The month of January is the same, looking both backwards and forwards at the same time!

February is named after a Roman purification festival, Februa. I wouldn’t call February a pure month, but it definitely is the month of love for those who celebrate Valentine’s Day on the 14th!

March is named after Mars, the Roman god of war. For me, March doesn’t symbolise any sort of warfare for me, but instead life and the coming of spring!

April comes from the Latin word ‘aperire’ meaning to open. I think this is lovely, as many flowers bloom, or open, during this month.

May is named after the Greek goddess Maia. In the UK, people used to dance around the maypole on the first of the month.

June is named after the Roman goddess Juno, who was the goddess of childbirth and marriage, and the wife of Jupiter, king of the gods.

July and August are named after the Roman emperors Julius Caesar and Augustus. Both were very important figures in the ancient world!

September, October, November and December are named after the Latin for the numbers seven through to ten. Long ago, people believed there were ten months as opposed to twelve.

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