By: Andrea Moyer
What does March mean to you? Warmer weather and a much-needed respite from snowfall? As I write this I’m listening to some overenthusiastic birds chirping away and it is a most welcome noise. It’s almost as though they knew the very minute the calendar turned to March and synchronized their tunes accordingly. Spring is on its way, although it doesn’t officially arrive until Wednesday, March 20th. I think it’s safe to say that we’re all ready to shake off the winter doldrums, trade our heavy coats for lightweight gear and head outside to embrace the changing season!
However you choose to celebrate the advent of Spring, here are a few dates and events to keep in mind. I always find it helpful to sort of regroup and re-calibrate with the business and finance side of things, as well as the good old-fashioned spring cleaning. March is a busy month!
Fun Facts about Upcoming Events
St. Patrick’s Day 3/17/2019 Did you know that St. Patrick’s original name wasn’t Patrick at all? He was named Maewyn Succat and only after he became a priest did he change his name to Patricius, a Latin variant of “father”.
Vernal Equinox 3/20/2019 Did you know that the vernal equinox has nothing to do with the official start of spring, but is a phenomenon that occurs twice each year? The second time is the autumnal equinox and occurs sometime during the month of October.
International Day of Happiness 3/20/2019 Did you know that the United Nations founded this global holiday when it passed a resolution stating, “…the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal.” Also known as Happiness Day, it’s a simple idea, but a powerful one.
Beware the Ides of March
This is an expression familiar perhaps to many of us, mostly due to Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, but to what does it actually refer? Mention of the Ides of March might resurrect in some minds the popular song Vehicle, released in 1970 and perhaps the best known track by the eponymous band. The name originated from bassist Bob Bergland after he’d read Julius Caesar in high school.
It’s interesting to note that calendars as we know them didn’t always exist that way. In the earliest ten-month Roman calendar, instituted by King Romulus circa 753 B.C., March was actually the first month of the year instead of January. Days of the month were not listed from the first to the last, but rather they were selected according to the lunar phases. The Romans counted back from three fixed points of the month: Nones (first quarter moon), Ides (full moon) and Kalends (new moon). The Ides were determined by the full moon and on the earliest calendar, it would have been the first full moon of the new year. It corresponds to March 15th on our calendar and is notable to the Romans as a deadline for settling debts. It is also the date on which, in 44 B.C., Julius Caesar was assassinated before the Roman Senate and is a major turning point in Roman history. These ominous connections provide a clue to the famous warning, “Beware the Ides of March!”
Since times have changed and we’ve advanced from the ten month calendar, there’s no need to settle debts by the time the Ides of March rolls around. However, let’s not abandon the idea altogether. Spring time and the changing seasons provides a perfect opportunity to move seamlessly into the next quarter. While we’re in a reflective mood, shaking off the old season and looking forward to the next, it might not be a bad idea to ask a few questions:
- Are all financial arrangements on track for your specific needs?
- Have you had any major life changes recently?
- Are you satisfied with your insurance policies or do you need to make some changes?
The Weimer Group offers financial services and life insurance to help you answer some of these questions. Our agents would be more than happy to go over your current policy or quote a new policy for you. Contact our offices at Perkasie 215-257-9171 or Harleysville 215-723-9805 and one of our agents will assist you.
While you’re busy regrouping and re-calibrating, don’t forget to get out and enjoy the sunshine!