Why is January "Januaro" in Esperanto
Hello, I thought Esperanto was a language not influenced by religion. Then why is the word for the month January "januaro" named after Janus, the god of the start of things?
It is like that in many languages. See this link: http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0002067.html In French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian (along with the other Romance languages), the months have similar names because they come from Latin, as does the mythology. You sill see not all of them are for Roman Gods and Goddesses, in fact only four of them are. The last four months are these: September: from septem, Latin for “seven” October: from octo, Latin for “eight” November: from novem, Latin for “nine” December: from decem, Latin for “ten”
It is not religion, merely comes from the Romance languages like many other parts of Esperanto. Hope this was helpful :)