Yesterday, I was talking with a lady, whose parents are from Italy, about how happy I am that it’s finally March. She said, “Why?” I said because February is finally over. She said, “Marzo è pazzo”. It’s an Italian saying meaning “March is crazy”… you can never depend on March weather.
This same saying can be found in an Italian nursery rhyme about the months:
Gennaio con febbraio fa il paio
febbraietto freddo e maledetto,
marzo è pazzo,
aprile dolce dormire,
maggio è paggio,
giugno la falce in pugno,
luglio canta il cuculo,
agosto moglie mia non ti conosco,
settembre la notte al dì contende,
ottobre chi vuole si copre,
novembre all’inverno si arrende,
dicembre, davanti ti ghiaccia
e dietro t’offende.
Here’s an English Translation:
January and February are a couple,
Little February, cursed and cold,
March is crazy,
April’s sweetly sleeping,
May is the valet,
June, the scythe in hand,
July, the cuckoo sings,
August, my wife, I don’t know you*,
September, the night fights the day**,
October, whoever wants covers himself up,
November surrenders to winter,
December, freezes you in the front
and batters you on the back.
*Meaning that the husband is so busy with work in August that he doesn’t have a minute for his wife.
**Meaning that now the nights will last longer than the days.
Here are some interesting Italian proverbs about March (and April) with English translations:
Come marzo s’avvicina, tutti gli umori si risentono.
As March draws near, all moods are affected.
Marzo cambia sette cappelli al giorno.
March changes seven hats a day.
Marzo ha comprato la pelliccia a sua madre, ma tre giorni dopo l’ha venduta.
March bought the fur coat for his mother, but three days later sold it.
Da marzo ad aprile c’è poco da dire.
From March to April there is little to say.
Marzo pazzerello guarda il sole e prendi l’ombrello.
Crazy March, look at the sun and take an umbrella.
Marzo tinge e Aprile dipinge
March dyes and April paints
Nel marzo, un sole e un guazzo
In March, some sun and a puddle.
Watch out for that crazy March weather!
Thanks to Monique Palomares of the French version of Mama Lisa’s World for helping with the Italian!
Feel free to share any sayings you know about March, in any language, in the comments below.
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