March 18th Goddess of Fertility Day

Ancient history has had many gods and goddesses – gods of war, weather, youth… so many they are hard to remember by name, or what they ruled over. One of the most important though was the goddess of fertility since family was so important for so many reasons. The most popular goddess of all time is probably Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of Fertility. Naturally she had to be attractive herself (at least the preferred type of woman for the era). Perhaps some still pray to the goddess though I think it has been proven over the years that she had little to do with anything since she never was real. But even today, if it keeps you positive to believe in her, maybe you will get what you are wishing for.

How to celebrate – Read about all the Greek and Roman gods. Dress up like Aphrodite. Throw a toga party.

April 5th National Deep Dish Pizza Day

April 5th National Deep-Dish Pizza Day

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It was probably not the Italians that invented the pizza. History shows us it was the Greeks, actually Greek soldiers. Byzantine Greek’s calls pizza, “nita”, meaning “pie. The Romans added Bay Leaves and certainly advanced the world’s knowledge of pizza.

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Though it probably was here in America before 1905, the first official pizza was sold that year. Since then (According to 1997 statistics) 2 billion pounds of pizza are made a year.

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How to celebrate – Have a pizza. Create your own style of pizza. Re-enact being a Greek soldier.

March 15th Ides of March

You would think that the first day of spring, according to the Roman calendar, would be all bright and sunny. After all, the sun is shining, the snow is gone and plants are in bloom everywhere. This is a good thing, unless you have allergies to those plants.

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So why do so many people fear the Ides of March? With spring brings new life, wonderful smells and everything should be good, unless your name happens to be Julius. Julius Caesar to be exact. That’s when his supposed friends and countrymen decided he was not getting the point they were trying to make so they helped him get it, literally.

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But that was back in 44 BC. Since then the typical terms remembered are “Beware of the Ides of March”. Well, just because it happened to Julius doesn’t mean it’s going to happen to you. Just don’t get around any crowds, particularly if they are your friends!

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Oh and, don’t hang out too much with your snowmen at this point because they are probably going to leave soon.  So if your name isn’t Julius you probably won’t have any issues. You could probably even Caesar the day! It is the first day of spring, according to the Roman’s!

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So Rome outside and enjoy your day. Watch where your walking so you don’t get stuck by anything and whatever you do… don;t talk politics!

How to celebrate – Wear toga today. Plant some flowers, Pansies might work. Don’t go Roman too far from home.

April 1st International April Fool’s Day

April Fool’s Day has been with us longer than you might think.  The Romans had a  Festival of Hilaria that was celebrated on April 1st.

 

Enthusiasts And Reenactors Parade Through The Streets Of Chester As Part Of Their Roman Saturnalia Festival Celebrations

 

In India the Holi Festival was also celebrated on April 1st

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and during the Medieval Days April 1st was known as The Feast of Fools.

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In fact, many of the Middle Ages kingdoms celebrated the New Year starting on March 25th and going through March 32nd.  Yes, I said March 32nd which was later changed to April 1st.  These kingdoms were thought to be foolish since everyone else knew New Years ended on January 1st.

The first written record of April Fool’s Day comes from Geoffrey Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” in 1392. in 1508, French Poet Eloy d’Amberval mentions the first of April in his poems, though they are known as April Fish.  (I have yet to figure out how this relates.) In 1539 Flemish poet Eduard de Dene tells of a nobleman who sent his servants off on foolish quests every April 1st.  And in 1686 John Aubrey mentions “Fooles Holy Day” in his works, also taking place on April 1st.

So apparently, April Fool’s Day has been around for a very long time.  It is International, obviously, and is the one day when Fools are King. (Or Queen)

Do we really need to suggest how you celebrate this day?  Do whatever you like, to whomever you like.  Just remember to keep it nice because what goes around, comes round!

Oh, and just an aside here…it is also our CEO’s Birthday! Happy Birthday M!