Today we celebrate the Ides of March, which is the day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to March 15th. The word “Ides” comes from the Roman calendar, said to be developed by Romulus, the mythical founder of Rome. According to the original Roman calendar, March was the first month of the new year celebration. There is not a particular reason behind this celebration, but this day is probably more notoriously known as the day that Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BCE. Hence, when the term “Beware of the Ides of March” is heard, it is usually associated with the warning that Julius Caesar received about his impeding death on the day of his assassination. The Ides of March is known to be one of a dozen “Ides” occurring each month of every year.
Fast-forward to 1970, I absolutely loved one of the songs by the group Ides of March called “Vehicle.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySkBkh4gpyA I think I was absolutely captivated by the horns in this song. However, they also have another well-known song that I absolutely love that this group made, “Eye of the Tiger” which we dearly associate with the movie “Rocky!”
On a personal note, I celebrate today because it would have been my mother’s 86th birthday if she lived! Her memory and inspiration resonates within my heart, and to me that is reason to celebrate and not be sad! Happy Birthday Mom!
Whatever you do today, have a rockin’ “Ides of March” kind of day!