The name September comes from the old Roman word ‘septem’, which means seven, because in the Roman calendar it was the seventh month. The Anglo-Saxons called it Gerst monath (Barley month), because it was their time when they harvested barley to be made into their favourite drink – barley brew. They also called it Haefest monath, or Harvest month.
The Romans believed that the month of September was looked after by the god, Vulcan/Julpiter. Vulcan was God of the fire and forge so they anticipated that September would be associated with fires, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, the movers and shakers of the earthly phenomenon.
It is September 2nd 2012 today so tomorrow will be Setember 3rd.
But there was no September 3rd in England and America in 1752.
These two countries had been using the Julian calendar,named after Julius Caesar who produced it. This calendar calculates the time between the vernal equinox as 365.25 days. In 1752 a decree was launched in Britain that the Gregorian calendar was going to be replace the Julian one. But there was a discrepancy which needed to be tweaked.The length of a year in the Gregorian calendar, which was introduced in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII, is 11 minutes shorter than the Julian calendar. To correct this difference between the two calendars meant having to dispense with 11 days so that all would be synchronised. So that is what they did, just delcared that in 1752, September 2nd would be followed by September 14th. Allegedly this caused uproar and riots on both sides of the Atlantic as people felt that they had been robbed of 11 days of their lives. They had not literally of ourse but it would have messed with peoples’ birthdays and anniversaries etc. It is said that many people demanded to be paid for the 11 days when they were not at work and it caused merchant mayhem as many contracts due to start on the intermittent days were very confusing and lawyers scratched their heads and ran about like headless chickens for a while around for weeks, but as we do, the people adapted to it and things settled down under the direction of the reigning champion, the Gregorian calendar.
Imagine if that happened now. Today it is 2nd September and tomorrow will dawn on us as Septmber 14th. How many people would lose their birthdays. lose their appointment times, lose their benefit payment dats etc.s. I would lose an event I am looking forward to on September 8th as the venue is likely to be booked for the week after etc. Peoples’ wedding anniversaries etc would disappear unless everything that is due to happen between September 3rd and September 13th happens at once on 14th. Sell by dates on products would have to be adjusted.
But I suppose we would have a bit of notice.
If the calendar had not been changed everything that has happened since would have a differen date, 11 days earlier attached to it and some peoples’ birthsigns would have changed. I would be a Piscean instead of an Aries.
Anyway I think we can safely say that it will be September 3rd tomorrow. Have a good one!