March is a month of coming and going, the changing of the guard. Winter gives way to Spring. Darkness gives way to light. Fear gives way to courage. We are asked to fast from the ego’s fearful thinking and fill ourselves instead with faith. The Muslims mark this change with Ramadan, the Jews with Purim, the Catholics with Lent.
So with that in mind I chose a photograph of architecture instead of nature. A radiant door as seen in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. The door or gate, symbolically stands between here and there, between the known and the unknown. Gates are places of transition from one state to another, from fear to courage. The desktop wallpaper calendar free download is available in various sizes suitable for the most common screen resolutions for your personal enjoyment, non commercial uses. See previous ones. Click on the image that fits your needs and download your version. It is also available for the iPhone and iPad.
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March is in present time held to be the third month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It is one of the seven months which are 31 days long.
March starts on the same day of the week as November every year and February in common years only. March ends on the same day of the week as June every year. In leap years, March starts on the same day as September and December of the previous year. In common years, March starts on the same day as June of the previous year.
The name of March comes from ancient Rome, when March was the first month of the year and named Martius after Mars or Ares, the Greek god of war. In Rome, where the climate is Mediterranean, March was the first month of spring, a logical point for the beginning of the year as well as the start of the military campaign season. January became the first month of the calendar year either under King Numa Pompilius (c. 713 BC) or under the Decemvirs about 450 BC (Roman writers differ). The numbered year began on March 1 in Russia until the end of the 15th century. Great Britain and its colonies continued to use March 25 until 1752, which was when they ultimately adopted the Gregorian calendar. Many other cultures and religions still celebrate the beginning of the New Year in March.
In Finnish, the month is called maaliskuu, which originates from maallinen kuu, meaning earthy month, because during maaliskuu, earth finally becomes visible under the snow. In Ukrainian, the month is called березень, meaning birch tree. Historical names for March include the Saxon Lentmonat, named after the equinox and gradual lengthening of days, and the eventual namesake of Lent. Saxons also called March Rhed-monat or Hreth-monath (deriving from their goddess Rhedam/Hreth), and Angles called it Hyld-monath. The Turkish word Mart is given after the name of Mars the god.
I welcome your comments as to how you like the architectural theme vs. the nature themes I have been using since June of last year. Continue with architecture, alternate each month…?
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