Rachel Hintz
March 15, 2014 1:00 pm

March 15th is the Ides of March!

Why Celebrate?

You’ve probably heard the phrase before. “Beware the Ides of March!” And maybe you already knew that March 15th is the Ides of March. Possibly, you just think of George Clooney‘s beautiful face when you hear anything about the Ides of March. Let’s dig a little deeper to find out what is worth celebrating on this day in the middle of March.

First off, what the heck is an “Ides” anyways? Good question. Well, back in the day (and when I say back in the day, I mean back in Ancient Roman times), months of the calendar were arranged around three named days. “Kalends” were the 1st day of each month. The “Nones” were the 7th day in March, May, July, and October (the 5th in in all the other months). And finally, the “Ides” were the 15th day in March, May, July, and October (the 13th in all the other months). So really, “Ides” is just a word to describe a specific day in any given month. They would be used as reference points by which all of the other days in the month could be calculated.

The specific reference to the “Ides of March” comes from Shakespeare‘s Julius Caesar. “Beware the Ides of March” is the soothsayer’s warning to Julius Caesar, because of his impending death. The whole idea that the Ides of March was a date to “beware” of stems from this Shakespearean play. Prior to 1601, this date held no significance at all. Thanks to the play, March 15th will always be linked with the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. Seems a little dark when it comes to holidays, gotta say.

And what about George Clooney? Well, he directed, co-wrote, and starred in a 2011 political drama with themes relating to its namesake. Oh yeah, and Ryan Gosling is in it too. Pretty sure I know what you’re doing tonight. 😉

How to Celebrate

Watch The Ides of March. ‘Nuff said.

Quote of the Day

Caesar:
Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue shriller than all the music
Cry “Caesar!” Speak, Caesar is turn’d to hear.

Soothsayer:
Beware the ides of March.

Caesar:
What man is that?

Brutus:
A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.


Featured image via ShutterStock

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