By: Ashleigh Clevenger

The Ides of March is usually associated with the warning, “Beware the Ides of March,”  from William Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar,” giving the Ides of March a gloomy and dull overtone. The provenance of the Ides of March isn’t actually threatening, the Ides is actually related to the first full moon of the month. The first full moon usually happens between the 13th and 15th, which is why the Ides is on the 15th. The Ides of March was used to signify a new year, which meant celebrations.