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what is the origin of the months of the year?

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    This same site gives the origins of the months.

    http://www.crowl.org/Lawrence/time/months.html

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    January
    Named after the Roman god of beginnings and endings Janus (the month Januarius).

    February
    The name comes either from the old-Italian god Februus or else from februa, signifying the festivals of purification celebrated in Rome during this month.

    March
    This is the first month of the Roman year. It is named after the Roman god of war, Mars.

    April
    Called Aprilis, from aperire, "to open". Possible because it is the month in which the buds begin to open.

    May
    The third month of the Roman calendar. The name probably comes from Maiesta, the Roman goddess of honor and reverence.

    June
    The fourth month was named in honor of Juno. However, the name might also come from iuniores (young men; juniors) as opposed to maiores (grown men; majors) for May, the two months being dedicated to young and old men.

    July
    It was the month in which Julius Caesar was born, and named Julius in his honor in 44 BCE, the year of his assassination. Also called Quintilis (fifth month).

    August
    Originally this month was called Sextilis (from sextus, "six"), but the name was later changed in honor of the first of the Roman emperors, Augustus (because several fortunate events of his life occurred during this month).

    September
    The name comes from septem, "seven".

    October
    The name comes from octo, "eight"

    November
    The name comes from novem, "nine".

    December
    The name comes from decem, "ten".

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