Every 15th of March referred as “The Ides of march” and once again we are having it today.
So why is it referred as the IOM?
Once upon a time March was the first month of the Roman calendar. The ancient Romans did not number the days of the month, instead based on 3 phases of the moon. The 3 lunar- phase- markers were named Kalends, Nones and Ides. The Ides indicated the full moon of that month, and being March the first month of the year, the first full moon was called “The Ides of March”. Romans marked the Ides of March with celebrations to welcome the new moon.
But Everything changed on 44 BC Ides of March .
A coup was plotted against Julius Caesar. Emperor of Rome was assassinated on the Ides of March. History would tell you that his best mate Brutus was involved too.
Then came Shakespeare the playwright who quoted “Beware of the Ides of March” in his play “The tragedy of Julius Caesar” (~1599-1623). Since then the day has been scarred as bad omen. Would you classify this as a bad omen? I will let you decide.
140 years ago (1877), the inaugural Test Cricket Match also started on an Ides of March.