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Friday, April 16, 2010

Origin of names of Days and Months




Saan nga ba nanggaling o nagsimula ang mga pangalan ng ating mga araw(days) at buwan(months) sa ating Gregorian calendar ngayon ? tingnan nga natin:

DAYS OF THE WEEK
Sunday- from Old English ,sunnandaeg meaning day of the Sun, in Latin -Dies
Solis, Domingo in Spanish.
Monday-from Od English ,monandaeg which means day of the Moon, Latin - Dies Lunae.
Tuesday-from Old English ,Tiwesdaeg meaning day of Tiw( Nordic god Tyr), Latin- Dies Martis
( day of roman god,Mars)
Wednesday- from Old English, Wednesdaeg or the day of English god Woden, Latin- Dies
Mercurii or the day of Roman god Mercury.
Thursday- from Old English Thoresdaeg(or Dunresdaeg) or the day of Nordic god of thunder-
Thor, Latin- Dies Jovis(Iovis)or the day of Roman god Jupiter( Jovis)
Friday- from Old English Frigedaeg or the day of Nordic god Frigg, Latin -Dies Veneris or the
day of Roman god Venus.
Saturday- from Old English Saeternesdaeg or the day of Roman god Saturn, Latin- Dies Saturni.



MONTHS OF THE YEAR
JANUARY
from Roman god of doors or gates to heaven- Janus(Ianuarius)
FEBRUARY
from Latin "februare" meaning to purify, also from the Latin purification ritual Februalia held on this month
MARCH
from the Roman god of war, Mars. It used to be the first month of the yearso as ideal to start or wage a war
APRIL
from Aphrilis, meaning the month of Greek god Aphrodite( Venus in Roman). Also may come from " aperio", Latin for " I open" which refers to the opening of buds and flowers at this month
MAY
from Maia- Roman goddess of spring and fertitlity whose festival was held on this month. Also may come from "Majores" which means the senior or major branch of the Roman Senate.
JUNE
after Roman goddess Juno, wife of Jupiter. Also may come from " Juniores" or the junior branch of the Roman Senate.
JULY
after Julius Caesar who was born on this month. It was originally called Quintilis for it is formerly the fifth month of the Roman calendar.
AUGUST
after Roman emperor Augustus Caesar whose event ,the fall of Alexandria happened on this month. It was originally called "Sextilis" as it was formerly the sixth month of the year.
SEPTEMBER
from Latin "septem" which means seven, formerly the seventh month of the Roman year.
OCTOBER
from Latin "octo" which means eight, fromerly the eighth month of the Roman year
NOVEMBER
from Latin "novem" which means nine, formerly the ninth month of the Roman year.
DECEMBER
from Latin "decem" which means ten, formerly the tenth month of the Roman year.


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