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Date With Destiny

This will take time (excuse the pun).  'Date with destiny' is a calendar of dates and events, with an on-line hyperlink to a website covering the subject. I will try and cover every day between Jan 1st--dec 31st, so there is something for anyone trying to write fillers or short articles. Please bare with me as it develops. 

If you can supply any dates, with relevant hyperlinks, I'll be extremely grateful for the details.


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January Jaunts

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Janus kept the gate of Heaven, so he became the god of doors and gates. He was very important, because a house is only as strong as its doors.

 

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February Fixtures

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febpicThe word February comes from the Roman festival of purification called Februa where people were ritually washed. There is a Roman god called Februus, but he is named after the festival, not the other way around. Other months, like January, are named after Roman gods.

 
 

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March Madness

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marchpicThe name of March comes from Latin Martius, the first month of the earliest Roman calendar. It was named for Mars, the Roman god of war who was also regarded as a guardian of agriculture and an ancestor of the Roman people through his sons Romulus and Remus. His month Martius was the beginning of the season for both farming and warfare

 

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April Showers

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AprilThe Romans gave this month the Latin name Aprilis but the derivation of this name is uncertain. The traditional etymology is from the verb aperire, "to open", in allusion to its being the season when trees and flowers begin to "open". Since some of the Roman months were named in honor of divinities, and as April was sacred to the goddess Venus, it has been suggested that Aprilis was originally her month Aphrilis, from her equivalent Greek goddess name Aphrodite (Aphros), or from the Etruscan name Apru.

 
 

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May Musings

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mayThe month May was named for the Greek goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman era goddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May. Conversely, the Roman poet Ovid provides a second etymology, in which he says that the month of May is named for the maiores, Latin for "elders," and that the following month (June) is named for the iuniores, or "young people"

 

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June Jottings

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junepicThe Latin name for June is Junius. Ovid offers multiple etymologies for the name.
The first is that the month is named after the Roman goddess Juno, the goddess of marriage and the wife of the supreme deity Jupiter; the second is that the name comes from the Latin word iuniores, meaning "younger ones", as opposed to maiores ("elders") for which the preceding month May (Maius) may be named. In Iceland, folklore says that if you bathe naked in the morning dew on the morning of June 24, you are supposed to keep aging at bay for longer.
 
 
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