According to Wikipedia: "The Ides of March (Latin: Idus Martii) is the name for the 15th March in the Roman calendar, probably referring to the day of the full moon. The term ides was used for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July, and October, and the 13th day of the other months. The Ides of March was a festive day dedicated to the god Mars and a military parade was usually held."
March 19th is going to give us the largest, most full moon in decades. According to some, it may affect the earth, the seas, and be responsible for all sorts of wild shenanigans, including those late night rave parties on Ostia beaches. In Italy, after an unusually balmy day, we're set for thunderstorms all weekend long.
And, judging by the preparations being made for the celebration of Italy's 150th Anniversary as a united Republic, well, we're going to get that military parade too. They've installed a bellissimo Tricolore (the name for Italy's three-color flag) in flowers right in the center of Piazza Venezia.
As for worrying about bad omens falling on the Ides of March, I won't go so far as to think that certain Prime Ministers should also watch their backs, but the news in from exotic Morocco was quite interesting...Some unknowns went there to try and corrupt the i.d. registrars to change the birthdate of Ruby Rubacuori, so she would actually appear older than her years. Needless to say, it didn't quite work out.
You know things are bad when the clerks in Morocco are less corrupt than the ones in your hometown. Let's just say, 'Beware the Ides of March.'