Ides March

Ides March

Beware the Ides of March! That is what I would say if I were superstitious, but luckily I am not. Today marks the 15th day of March in the Roman calendar, which is labeled as the Ides of March. The meaning of Ides is not so dreadful; in fact, it is not bad at all. The word “Ides” is derived from the Latin word “Idus” which translates to “half division”, mainly relating to this period in the month. The term ides was used for the 15th day of other months as well, including May, July, and October. It was also used for the 13th day of the other months. The Ides of March, contrary to my first statement, was a festive day celebrating the Greek god Mars, usually with a military parade.

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