It’s now October! Did you know October wasn’t always the tenth month? It’s true.
The name October comes from the Latin octo, meaning eight, because it was the eighth month of the early Roman calendar, which was a lunar calendar. This lunar calendar contained 10 months: Martius, Aprilis, Maius, Iunius, Quintilis, Sextilis, September, October, November, and December.
When Julius Caesar became pontifex maximus, he made changes to a solar calendar, at which time, the months named for which month of the year they were was no longer accurate, but October kept its name despite that fact that it was now the 10th month.
October is when people in the Northern Hemisphere celebrate Fall and all things associated with Fall. But October has many celebrations. Specific dates this year include the start of Yom Kippur at sundown on the 4th, Leif Eriksson Day on the 9th, and Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the 10th in the US.
Then there is the big one many of us look forward to: Halloween/All Hallows’ Eve on the 31st. We will talk more about Halloween this month, so watch this space.
Meanwhile, happy October, everyone.