by: Lili Pad
The Month of July
July was originally called Quintilis in Latin since it was the fifth month in the ancient Roman calendar and always consisted of 31 days. It was changed around 450 BCE when January became the first month of the year. Its name was later changed into July to honor Julius Caesar during the Julian calendar reform in 44 BCE.
July in Other Languages:
• Middle English – Julie
• Latin Name – Julius mensis (Month of Julius)
• Latin – Quintilis Mensis (Fifth Month)
Larkspur and Water Lily
Each color variation of larkspur has a different meaning: Pink means fickleness, white conveys a happy nature and purple normally represents first love. It generally indicates strong bonds of love.
Another July flower is the water lily, which signifies purity and majesty.
The birthstone Ruby’s name was derived from the Latin “ruber,” meaning red. It symbolizes contentment.
In the Middle ages, Rubies were thought to bring good health, as well as guard against wicked thoughts, amorous desires, and disputes. Rubies, along with other types of red stones, were said to cure bleeding. It was believes that the ruby held the power to warn its owner of coming misfortunes, illness or death, by turning darker in color.
Famous people celebrating their birthdays this month:
• Princess Diana – July 1
• Tom Cruise – July 3
• Noli De Castro – July 6
• Will Ferrell – July 16
• Daniel Radcliffe – July 23
• Apolinario Mabini – July 23
• Jennifer Lopez – July 24
• Dolphy – July 25