Happy Monday! It’s time for Did You Know.
It’s November, the eleventh month of the calendar year. But did you know November used to be the ninth month?
The name November is from the Latin word novem, which means nine. During the time of the Roman calendar, November was the 9th month.
The Roman calendar was lunar calendar containing 10 months: Martius, Aprilis, Maius, Iunius, Quintilis, Sextilis, September, October, November, and December. When Julius Caesar became pontifex maximus, he changed things to a solar calendar, at which time, the months named for which month of the year they were was no longer accurate. But November, like some of the others, kept its name despite that fact that it was now the 11th month.
November is known for many holidays around the world. In the United States, November is about Veterans’ Day and Thanksgiving, and is recognized as Native American Heritage month; and in the UK, November has Guy Fawkes Day and Remembrance Day among others. These days, November has people already thinking about the Christmas holidays, which tends to be a topic of much discussion on social media.
But whatever special days you like about the month, November is here, and in the Northern Hemisphere, that means cooler weather for curling up in a blanket with a good book.