A 10 MONTH YEAR
The months Sept, Oct, Nov & Dec were once once months 7,8,9 & 10 in a 10 Month Calendar, which begs the question, how did we end up with a 12 Month Calendar? Blame it on the Catholics.
Once upon a time (Roman Times to be exact) the Calendar comprised of 10 months starting with the month of March. March was named as such because it was the first month considered wise for the Roman Army to waddle off to War, the previous months being a wee bit nippy for Sandal Wearing Roman Gladiators. So with March being the first month the Army was able to “March”, that was beginning of the Calendar year m. Over the next few centuries & under various nut job rulers the Calendar was dicked about with a fair bit...a little bit like modern times where bored leaders try to change flags and stuff...Anyway, it wasn’t until hundreds of years later in 1582 that Pope Gregory decided to “tidy the Calendar up”. This is when the start of the year became January and was named after “Janus” who is was the God of “Entrance & Exit”. At the same time February was also tacked on which is named after a real loony bin Sacrificial event called ”Februa” where maidens were slapped with a piece of Goatskin which apparently kept them virginal & also made them rampantly Fertile.
They were a real bunch of funny buggers those Catholics.
The extra two Months of Jan & Feb were slotted into the calendar to sit prior to March and therefore make the year a “12 Month Year”. What was overlooked was the minor detail that the “numbered Months” of Sept, Oct, Nov & Dec would all be two months out of whack on a 12 month Calendar.
FYI: The original 10 month calendar & basic meaning of the month namesnames is listed below....
1: March, 1st mth Army Mobilised
2: April, Aprhrodite, Goddess of Beauty
3: May, Maia, Goddess of Spring
4: June, Juno, Goddess of Marriage
5: July, named after Julius Caesar
6: August, named after Emperor Augustus
7: September: -“Month Seven”
8: October: - Month Eight”
9: November:- “Month Nine”
10: December:-“Month Ten” ...