Celebrate The Ides of March!

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Have you ever heard of the Ides of March? If so, do you know what the true meaning is behind it? Everyone seems to know the myth of Friday 13th but March 15th also marks a day of death. The death of a Roman General Statesman: Julius Caesar. The Romans had an odd way of numbering the days in a month. Instead of counting through the first to the last day, they determined the days by three fixed points of the month: “Nones,” which was the 5th or the 7th. Next was the, “Ides,” which was the 13th or the 15th. Lastly, was the, “Kalends,” the 1st of the following month. The Ides occurred near the midpoint for most months but in March it is and will always be the 15th. But what is it about the Ides that makes the month of March so superstitious and doubtful?

March 15th is typically known to be the date that Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC. Shakespeare’s famous dramatization shows the scenes leading up to Caesar’s death where a seer had warned Caesar that harm would come to him no later than the Ides of March and on his way to the Theatre of Pompey, Caesar passed the seer and joked that the ides of March have come, implying that the prophecy had not been fulfilled, to which the seer replied “Aye, Caesar; but not gone”. Caesar was warned to beware of the Ides of March but stubbornly went which resulted in his death.

Instead of making the day significant of death, one should observe the day as a celebration, to praise the life of Julius Caesar. Why not flip the switch and enjoy yourselves, not to mock or ridicule its history but to change the commonality of morality and make a positive memorable day out of it. According to Adjunct Professor Mickey Baron, College of Arts and Sciences, English, the Ides of March reminds him to be aware that he has a month and a day to get his taxes together. He includes, “I always make mention of the date to my students either on the day or leading to the date.” Here are suggestions how to not beware of the ides of March but to celebrate on the date instead:

CELEBRATING THE IDES OF MARCH:

  1. TOGA PARTY: Wouldn’t it be fun to do as the Romans did? Why not host or attend a Roman-themed costume party? It would be creative and cost effective to get a bed sheet and throw on some sandals and become a Greek for the night. Both men and women wear togas so this get together will be convenient and entertaining.
  2. ROMAN HOLIDAY: Create a movie night and watch a classic 1953 movie such as, “Roman Holiday,” starring Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn and Eddie Albert. Gather some of your closest friends and family and have an evening of laughter, drama and romance.
  3. COMMUNION BATH: Since baths were all the rage in Rome, why not take a group of friends to enjoy a day at the spa.
  4. ROMAN SWEET CAKE: Engage yourself and maybe close relatives or friends in an ancient Roman recipe and bake a traditional sweet roman cake. Visit sites, www.food.com and www.wikihow.com for additional recipes and unique twists.
  5. VINEYARD: To acknowledge that the Romans believe that wine was a daily necessity of life, take a trip to a vineyard to admire the ambience and relax with some glasses of wine.

Although the common saying is, “Beware the Ides of March,” this year you should celebrate it! Grab a group of friends and have a great time the Roman way. Whether it is a movie, toga party, taking a trip to a vineyard or even baking a cake, I hope you all enjoy the Ides of March!

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