Today, back during the Roman Empire, was the Roman New Year Day. It was also the day Julius Caesar had been warned of by his soothsayers as the day he would be killed and, as it turns out, he should have listened to them. It is the day that Roman Senator Marcus Brutus led over a dozen other Roman Senators in the assassination of Caesar to end his rule over Rome in 44 BC.
How to celebrate – Visit Rome. Read about what happened to Marcus Brutus. Beware of the Ides of March.
Today is the Ides of March, the Roman New Years Day! For some, I guess this was a pretty good day, for others not so much so. In 44 BC Julius Caesar was probably having a decent day until he met up with his buddy, Marcus Brutus. Julius went to greet Marcus by shaking hands, Marcus greets Julius with a dagger… along with the rest of the Roman Senate. Julius got the point but a little too late change his ways. This led to the quote, “Beware of the Ides of March”. But since most of us do not live in Rome and since the Roman Empire no longer exists, just enjoy your day. (Unless you have a friend named Marcus)
How to celebrate – Throw a Roman New Years party. Pretend to be Julius Caesar. Visit Rome.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.