March is a month filled with strange sayings, superstition and folk lore. When I was a young girl, I was a told that iif March came in like a lion, it would go out like a lamb.This meant that if the third month began with harsh winter weather it would end with warm weather. The other side to that coin was they saying, that if March came in like a lamb, it would go out like a Lion.
My grandmother swore by these phrases yet often they were proven to be untrue. In Virginia for the last 4 or 5 years, March has entered and exited with warm, inviting weather. March of 2014 however has entered like a roaring lion with freezing temperatures wind and snow. I did not expect to be sweeping snow from my back deck and chairs this time of year. Based on recent weather patterns I will not be surprised if it is lion like all month long, right to the end.
My grandma also used to say; If you can January and February, you can March right on.This means that if you can deal with the harsh winter weather and make it until March, the warm weather and spring is around the corner. Unfortunately, I could find no record of this saying.
Another idiom relating to the month March is one used by farmers. ” A dry March, cold April and a wet May fills barns and bays with corn and hay”. There is also As it rains in March so it rains in June, and March winds and April showers, bring forth May flowers.
There is even a superstition regarding March and the Sunday the resurrection of Jesus is observed. It is believed that if Easter is on March 25, (Lady Day) some type of disaster will soon follow. “When my Lord falls in my lady’s lap then England will have some mishap”.
When I was a child I read poems about the March wind. I noticed that the wind in March was especially brutal. I can recall waking to church after school with my friends in March, to practice for the annual Easter program.
The wind would be so strong we had to hold onto each other. There was one thing the march wind was good for and that was flying kites. The March wind, along with the 3rd month being compared to a Lion and a Lamb has also been linked to the birth and second coming of Christ.
Another bit of March folklore hails from New England. ” A peck of March dust is worth a bag of gold.” This means that if dust is blowing through the air in March the wind is drying up all the mud. If the mud dries up then farmers can plant their crops early and possibly have a larger harvest. The dust the is worth ts weight in gold or rather money. I dont know about now but I can recall March winds that stirred up dust that irritated my eyes.
The March winds in the Roanoke, Va. area have not been as strong, recently as they were when I was a child in the 1960’s. My grandmother and others her age who passed down folk lore regarding the month of March have all passed. The superstitions and idioms however continue to live on.