Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Artz and Martius

March, it is the third month of the year in Gregorian and Julian calendars. It is 31 days long. In the early Roman calendar it was the first month and known as Martius for Mars the god of war. Mars was the founder of the Roman people through his sons Romulus and Remus. He was also regarded as a guardian of agriculture.

 Festivals that honored Mars began in this month and it marked the beginning of the planting season as well as a time for warfare. Celebrations were held in the first part of the month welcoming in the New Year. It is one of the few months named for a deity.

The Equirria, a much anticipated chariot race and festival was held each year on the 14 day of March to honor Mars. It took place on the Campus Martius of Field of Mars outside of Rome. This festival is the only festival to fall on an even numbered day.

This week we will take a look at March as inspiration.

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