Today, the Gregorian calendar is followed all over the world. According to it, November is the eleventh month and is a cool season. Everyone is busy shopping for the coming winters and Christmas.
Fact 1 Naming Of The Month
According to the Roman calendar, November was the ninth month of the year. It got its name from the Latin word “Novem” which means “nine”. Originally it first had 30 days, then there were 29 and then 31. During this era, the year began with the month of March and so November was the ninth month. The other names commonly used for November were “Novembre” in Middle English; “Novembris Mensis” in Latin and in Old English it was called “Blotmanad” meaning blood month.
Fact 2 History Of The Month
Later when the Gregorian calendar was recognized across the world, November became the eleventh month. But its name was not changed. It is one among the four months in Gregorian calendar which has 30 days. November had 29 days only, when the calendar was reformed by King Numa Pompilius around 700 BCE who added January and February to the Gregorian calendar. However, another day was added to this month making it a 30-days month during Julian calendar reforms.
Fact 3 Differences In Weather And Climate
Although the calendar is followed by people living in all parts of the world, the weather is significantly different. When it is the beginning of winter or the autumn season in the Northern Hemisphere, it is spring time in the Southern Hemisphere. So the weather that people experience in May in the North is enjoyed by people living in the southern portion of the world in November.
November, in the Northern Hemisphere is the time between fall and winter. There is a great change in nature. The leaves begin to dry and fall and then the trees become almost bare by the end of the month. Nature loses her green coat. November was referred to as the “wind month” by Anglo-Saxons and also “blood month” most probably because they killed their cattle for food during this month.
Fact 4 Activities
Most of the people become jobless during this month. The crops have already been harvested and sent to the specific places for further processing. If there had been a good harvest, the farmers are happy and get ready for the Christmas. But if things are not favorable, it turns out to be a month of lesser activities except the game of football. It is the ideal sport for this kind of weather when the weather is cool.
Fact 5 Special Flowers And Stones Of November
Every month has its own uniqueness and flowers and symbols. The birth flower of the month of November is Chrysanthemum and the stone that is assigned to the people born in this month is Topaz. It is a beautiful bright stone. Others are Citrine or Aquamarine. They all signify fidelity.
The zodiac signs of November are Scorpio or scorpion from the 1st to the 21st of November and Sagittarius for those born after the 21st of the month.
It has been found that November begins on the same day as February or March every year while it ends every year on the same day of the week as August.
Fact 6 Some Important Events
- 1st of November is celebrated as All Saints’ Day.
- The 1st Medical School for Women was started in Boston by Samuel Gregory.
- The great mathematician and astronomer Edmund Halley was born in November who discovered the Great Comet which is named after him as Halley’s Comet.
- Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was born in November 14th which is celebrated as Children’s Day.