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|Holiday Calendar for US on March 2022|
From the beginning of spring to Daylight Savings, it's a month bursting with change as Mother Nature begins to bloom and show off her colors after a season of chilling out (literally).
Welcome spring and, therefore, new beginnings, but it's also Women's History Month, which celebrates and honors the vital role women have played in American history.
From St. Patrick's Day celebrations to a whole day dedicated to Barbie, there's surely a day that'll suit your fancy.
Sports enthusiasts will be gearing up for the iconic March Madness, which runs from March 14 to April 5. This year, college basketball fans will be excited to know that the tournament is back (it canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic). And let's not forget about St. Patrick's Day, Purim and Mardi Gras are all also in March!
March has two zodiac signs—Pisces and Aries. If you were born between February 19 - March 20, you're a Pisces, typically known for being empathic, artistic and dreamy. If you were born between March 21-April 19, you're an Aries, typically known for a competitive, energetic, fearless spirit.
The United States March 2022 calendar is a one-page monthly calendar with March holidays included
March Weekly Holidays and Observances
National Invest In Veterans Week (March 1-7)
International Women's Week (Week of March 8)
Endometriosis Awareness Week (First full week of March)
National Procrastination Week (First two weeks in March...or whenever it's convenient)
Read an E-Book Week (First full week of March)
Girl Scout Week (Week of March 12)
National Introverts Week (Third full week of March)
National Physicians Week (March 25-31)
First Day of Irish American Heritage Month Observances: This is not a public holiday. Government and public offices, businesses, and schools are not closed for this observation but may hold special events and outreach programs to commemorate the beginning of the month-long annual observation.
Women's History Month is celebrated every year during the month of March. Since 1987 the United States dedicates the month of March to celebrate women's achievements and their contributions to culture, society, and history. Women's History Month celebrates all women, those who came before us and paved the way for the fight for equality, and the American women of today who continue fighting for women's rights.
It is during Women's History Month, on March 8, that we also observe International Women's Day.
Women's History Month actually started as Women's History Week, an event which was organized by the school district of Sonoma, California, and was first observed in 1978. Celebrations included a parade, essay competitions, and presentations about influential women.
The idea quickly became popular amongst different communities and school districts, and in 1980 President Jimmy Carter declared the week beginning on March 8 as National Women's History Week. The following year, Congress passed a resolution establishing Women's History Week as an official annual National celebration. Eventually, the National Women's History Project petitioned Congress to extend the celebrations to the whole month of March, and so, in 1987, the first Women's History Month was celebrated around the United States.
The resolution requested the acting President to issue a proclamation designating March as Women's History Month every year. These proclamations highlight the contributions that women have made throughout American history in many different fields.
One of the best ways to observe Women's History Month is by educating yourself on the achievements of different women who have paved the way for future generations in different fields, and to educate other people on their lives and contributions in other to give them the recognition they deserve.
There are often different events happening during Women's History Month. See if there are any near you, and attend any that interest you to meet like-minded people and learn more about the inspiring women of the past and of today.
|Mardi Gras festivals often feature parades and large crowds in the United States.|
Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras is a public holiday in 4 states, where it is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.
Mardi Gras, also known as Carnival, Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, is a celebration that takes place on the day before Ash Wednesday. Because of its grand parades and celebrations, it is a holiday in some places in America, and businesses and schools are closed for the day. In other states, it is a normal working day.
Mardi means Tuesday in French and gras means fat, which is why this day is also known as Fat Tuesday. Traditionally, people would take this day to binge on rich foods and alcohol, before giving them up for the 40 days of lent and fasting that take place before Easter.
Mardi Gras is a Catholic observance, and has its history is traced back to 17th century Medieval Europe, although it also draws some of its customs from Roman Pagan rituals that marked the beginning of spring.
It came to America in 1699 by the hand of Jean Baptiste le Moyne Sieur de Bienville, who upon arriving at a settlement near New Orleans, gave it the name of Pointe du Mardi Gras. Officially, the first recorded celebration of this day in the country took place in 1703.
These festivities gained notoriety in New Orleans and other French Settlements and took the shape of street parties, masked balls and extravagant dinners.
In 1827, after witnessing how Mardi Gras was celebrated in Paris, a group of students wore costumes and danced in the streets of New Orleans. In 1837, the first-ever Mardi Gras parade was organised, and it remains to this day one of the most famous revelries of this date.
With the celebrations quickly growing bigger and more extravagant, some secret societies known as Krewes started being created with the role of organising the Mardi Gras balls and parades. This was prompted by the Mistick Krewe of Coms, who in 1857 put on the first procession that featured marching bands and lavish floats. Krewes remain a big part of the Mardi Gras traditions, and while some are still very exclusive, there are a few with open membership. Krewe of Rex and the Krewe of Zulu are the two better-known krewes in New Orleans.
The official colours of Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold, and revellers are encouraged to wear costumes of these colours. The colours represent justice, faith and power and they cover the city of New Orleans during celebrations.
Traditionally, masks were worn by celebrators, hiding their faces so they could freely enjoy the activities of Mardi Gras. High society and Krewe members don masks, or paint their faces in order to hide their identities, and people can only legally be part of a float if they are wearing masks.
Perhaps the most famous tradition of Mardi Gras is the throwing of beads and other trinkets. These are considered special treasures, and many people bring bags with them in order to collect as many as possible. This is a custom that began on the very first-ever Mardi Gras parades, originally the beads thrown were made of glass, but nowadays they are all plastic. Some girls and women are encouraged to flash the people on floats in order to get more beads thrown at them.
New Orleans’ King Cake is usually baked plain, or with fruits and pecan nuts and embellished with purple, green and gold icing. King Cakes usually have a plastic baby inside of them, and whoever gets the slice with the baby inside of it must bring the King Cake to the parties in the following year.
Many Americans of Welsh origin annually celebrate the life of Wales’ patron saint, St David on March 1. It is also a time to people to remember the Welsh culture and to appreciate their Welsh origins. The Welsh flag is often seen during celebrations on the day, as well as daffodils or leeks pinned to clothing.
St David's Day is not a public holiday in the United States. However, it is a day of celebration so some community groups, schools, and businesses may have a special program for the day.
St David is the patron saint of Wales. He plays a very important role in Welsh culture but little is known about his life. St David's Day was recognized officially as the national day for people of Welsh origin in the United States in 2003. The Empire State Building was floodlit in the Welsh national colors, which are red, green and white, on March 1 that year.
Ash Wednesday is observed 46 days before Easter Sunday, and it signals the beginning of the forty days of Lent period. Also known as Day of Ashes, Catholics and Christians celebrate this day by focusing on prayer and penance. It is not a public holiday, and businesses run as usual.
What is Ash Wednesday?
The date is dependant on the cycles of the moon, and it marks the start of Lent, a time for people to focus on repentance, fasting and reflection on their sins, as well as a time for people to let go of their indulgences. This is not observed on Sundays. Its significance lies on the period of time that Christ had to spend in the desert, having his fast tempted by Satan. Thus, people are meant to reflect on what that struggle meant for Jesus Christ, and try to practice it themselves in a ritual of the purification of the self.
The ashes used on Ash Wednesday services often come from the burnt palm branches of the previous year’s Palm Sunday.
The ashes meaning is that of death and repentance, and the people who receive the ash anointment are those who regret their sins and want to make their heart purer.
When did Ash Wednesday start?
The origins of the Day of Ashes can be traced back to apostolic times when it had nothing to do with Easter. It is said that officially the first practice of this day took place in the year of 325 CE, in the First Council of Nicaea. It was a day reserved for baptisms, but also for sinners to commit penance.
In those times, the practice of fasting used to be quite extreme. Repentants were only allowed one meal a day, in the evenings, and this meal could not include anything considered, at the time, extravagant such as meat or even eggs. In modern times, fasting rules are laxer, and people usually only commit to one Friday without meat per week.
In modern times, a cross is drawn with ashes on the parishioners’ foreheads, symbolizing the identification of that person with Jesus Christ.
Curiously, there is no mention of Ash Wednesday or Lent in the Bible, nor does it anywhere say that this is a practice that Catholics must observe. However, several passages in The Book depict ashes as a symbol of fasting and repentance, and this is where the origins of the Day of Ashes practices are thought to lay. In America, Ash Wednesday only gained popularity among congregations in the 1970s.
During service, priests usually share a speech that focuses on reflection and penance and encourages people to confess and pray for their sins.
When anointing churchgoers with the ash cross on their forehead, priests will pronounce a variation of the words “From dust you came, and to dust you shall return.” which are meant to be humbling words, facing people with their own mortality.
Texas Independence Day is commemorated on March 2nd, celebrating the enactment of the Texas Declaration of Independence in 1836. This was signed by 59 Texan delegates, and it declared Mexican Texas’ independence from Mexico, into its own Republic of Texas. Even though it is a Public Holiday in Texas it is considered a Partial Staffing Holiday, meaning that businesses and schools are still open but with less staff.
The History of Texas’ Independence
The land that would become Texas had been disputed territory since the 16th century, and a total of six countries have ruled the area at different points in history. It became a part of Mexico in 1821, when Mexico gained independence from Spain and claimed Texas as their own.
Because it was a big piece of land and had low population numbers, the Mexican government encouraged American homesteaders to come to Texas and settle there. In 1825 Stephen Austin arrived with 300 families and founded the first American colony in Texas. The American population was growing fast, with the arrival of other settlers, and it quickly outnumbered the Mexicans. This caused conflicts and disagreements between the Mexican government and the American newcomers, who saw themselves as Texans and not Mexicans.
Tensions escalated after the Freedonia Rebellion in 1826, which made the Mexican government take measures to stop the influx of Americans coming into Texas. Stephen Austin then asked for statehood for Texas, which was denied by the government. Texans ignored these orders and declared statehood anyway, resulting in Austin’s arrest.
The year 1827 saw Mexican dictator Santa Anna rise to power. Intending to stop the Texan revolution, he ordered that all armory should be removed from the population in Gonzales. However, when the Mexican army arrived in the town to retrieve the cannon, they were met with open fire from the Texans. As a response to this invasion, the Americans formed a provisional state government and raised an army led by Sam Houston.
Wanting to fight for independence, some Texan troops settled in the military fort of The Alamo. Colonels Travis and Bowie had recruited 140 men to fight, and Davy Crockett arrived from Tenessee with 14 men. They fought the 3000 men Mexican army led by Santa Anna for two weeks. At the beginning of March, some Texans managed to make their way into the Alamo, raising the number of Texan fighters to 185. On the following day, March 2, the Republic of Texas declared independence from Mexico.
On March 6 the Mexican army managed to invade the Alamo and killed most of the American soldiers. The Fall of the Alamo then became a fighting call for the revolution and six weeks later Sam Houston led a large Texan Army into Mexico, defeating the Mexican Army and capturing Santa Anna. “Remember the Alamo” was the war chant of the revolution. Santa Anna was forced to recognize Texas as independent or face the death penalty. He conceded independence to the Republic of Texas and retreated to Mexico.
The Republic of Texas was independent for 10 years, however, still vulnerable to attacks from Mexico, they annexed to the United States of America in 1845, becoming the Nation’s 28th state.
Texas Independence Day Celebrations
A day of great pride for Texans, Texas Independence Day is celebrated with parades and big firework displays. Most people choose to spend the day with family throwing barbecues. Others choose to visit the Historic Sites of the Texan Revolution battles where you can get a lot of information on the history of Texas’ Independence. There are also festivals around the state that feature traditions such as chilli cooking contests and battle re-enactments.
On this day, most people fly the Texas Lone Star Flag in front of their houses and businesses, one of the most prominent symbols of the revolution.
National Read Across America Day is celebrated every year on March 2nd, which is also the birthday of American author Dr. Seuss. This is a day dedicated to encouraging children and young people to read, and motivating parents and teachers to help them do so. The day was created and is hosted annually by the National Education Association.
History of Read Across America
The idea of a special day to celebrate reading in the United States first came from a group of people at the National Education Association in 1997. They felt that it was important to instill the joys of reading in the young people of America, and make it a fun activity for them, instead of a chore. The idea gained traction, and the first Read Across America Day was then celebrated on March 2, 1998. It became a popular day among schools and libraries, and it has been commemorated every year since then.
Reading has also been proven to help young people improve their performance in school, which is why parents and teachers are also encouraged to participate on the day, by taking children to literary events or hosting special reading activities in class.
Read Across America Activities
Many schools, libraries, and hospitals will have special events happening on this day, such as group readings, or inviting authors to come and read their books to children.
Young people are incentivized to make reading pledges, where they commit to reading a certain amount of books in the year, for special prizes. Schools will also host book fairs or have mobile libraries come around so students can pick new books to read.
The National Education Association has a website with resources to help teachers organize reading activities in their classrooms. Some schools choose to take it a step further and have Read Across America Week.
|This day was chosen to host Read Across America Day because it was the birthday of the famous author, Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss was also a poet and cartoonist and his famous works include Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat.|
Oh Say Can You See that on March 3rd National Anthem Day commemorates the day when, in 1931, "The Star-Spangled Banner" was adopted as the United States' National Anthem. A symbol of American patriotism, "The Star-Spangled Banner" makes young and old stand proud of their country, and everything it represents. Like the United States, the American National Anthem has a rich and interesting history of how it came to be.
National Anthem History
The United States' National Anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner", was originally a poem written by Francis Scott Key in 1814 which was titled "The Defence of Fort M'Henry". However, it was only on March 3rd, 1931, that President Herbert Hoover signed a law making "The Star-Spangled Banner" the official national anthem of the United States.
Before 1931, the United States did not have an official National Anthem, but "Hail, Columbia!" and "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" were often sung at official events.
Francis Scott Key was an American lawyer and amateur poet, serving in the Georgetown Light Field Artillery. In 1812, during the war between the United States and Great Britain, a friend of Key's was taken prisoner by the British. Key quickly traveled to Baltimore to negotiate for his release, which was granted by the British, but they were not allowed to leave before the British army bombarded Fort McHenry.
On September 13, 1814, for 25 hours, the British bombarded Fort McHenry with over 1500 cannon shots, during a strong storm of thunder and rain. It is claimed that the explosions could be heard as far as Philadelphia. Scott Key witnessed this attack aboard a ship that was eight miles away. Even after a whole day of attacking the fort, the British were unable to destroy it and retreated. In the morning, Francis Scott Key was amazed to see the American flag still standing proud, undestroyed, on Fort McHenry. This inspired him to write a poem in tribute to the American flag and the country for which it stands, titled "The Defence of Fort M'Henry".
Scott Key's brother-in-law discovered that the lines of the poem fit perfectly with John Stafford Smith's melody "The Anacreontic Song", so the poem was published in several newspapers with the note "to the tune of The Anacreontic Song". The song kept growing in popularity throughout the 19th century, and eventually became known as "The Star-Spangled Banner".
Many branches of the United States Armed Forces used "The Star-Spangled Banner" as their official song during the 19th century, and in 1916 President Woodrow Wilson signed an order that stated the song should be played at military events in an official capacity. In 1930, Veterans of Foreign Wars started a petition for "The Star-Spangled Banner" to be recognized as the United States' National Anthem. On March 3rd, 1931, Congress passed an act confirming "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the National Anthem, which was signed into law by President Hoover.
Since "The Star-Spangled Banner" was made into the National Anthem, it is the law to stand while the anthem is being played. The military should salute the flag, while everyone else must have their right hand over their heart while singing the national anthem.
The United States National Anthem Lyrics
Need a refresher on the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner"? While there are four verses in total, only the first verse is usually sung during events. Here are the lyrics for the first verse of the American National Anthem:
O say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
How to Celebrate National Anthem Day
This day is all about uniting the country over patriotic ideals, the flag of the United States of America, and the history and ideals that it represents.
Most people only know the first verse of "The Star-Spangled Banner", challenge yourself to try and learn the other three!
If you'd like to know more about the history of the National Anthem, visit the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. A hiking trail that goes through Virginia, Maryland, and Columbia.
The Missouri Compromise was a legislation that was passed on March 3, 1820, in Congress, amidst rising tensions over the issue of slavery. The law stated that Maine would be admitted to the Union as a free state and Missouri as a slave state, to maintain the balance of power between North and South in the Senate. The law also banned slavery north of the 36º 30’ parallel. This was enforced until 1854 when the Missouri Compromise was repealed.
The date marks a historic moment for the United States, and as such is not a public holiday.
In 1818, Missouri applied for statehood within the Union, wanting slavery to be allowed in its new state. This would make it the first state West of the Mississipi River, and allowing slavery in the new territory would deepen the divide that was already so prominent in the nation regarding the issue of slavery.
The Northerners, abolitionists, were opposed to slavery in any new states as it would disturb the balance that existed between free and slave states. Southerners, on the other hand, believed that new states should have the freedom of choosing whether they would allow slavery or not.
In February of 1819, Northern Representative James Tallmadge introduced two amendments to Missouri’s request which imposed restrictions on slavery in the new state. The Southern representatives did not let this pass on the Senate. However, at the time, the Senate was split evenly at 11 states for each section, and accepting Missouri as a slave state would give the South an advantage.
After the stalemate in the Senate, Missouri applied for statehood again at the end of 1819. At the same time, Maine also petitioned for statehood as a free state. Speaker of the House Henry Clay suggested that Missouri should be admitted to the Union as a slave state, on the condition that Maine was to be admitted as a free state. In February 1820 a new part was added to the joint statehood bill which, Missouri excepted, prohibited slavery on all new lands north of the imaginary line of 36º 30’ latitude that ran along Missouri’s southern border.
The bill was then passed on March 3, and signed by President James Monroe on March 6.
Although the compromise eventually resolved the issue with Missouri, it did not help with the question of slavery and whether this institution would be part of the United States’ future. At the same time, no side was truly happy with the compromise, as the South thought it gave Congress too much power by allowing it to make laws that restricted slavery, and the North being against the fact that the compromise permitted new states to allow slavery.
With the period of Westward Expansion, the debate on whether slavery should be extended to new states was still a dividing issue in the country.
In 1854, during the admission of Kansas and Nebraska as states, the Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed, stating that it was the settlers of new states’ decision whether to allow slavery or not. This essentially repealed the Missouri Compromise and allowed slavery in the region north of the 36º 30’ parallel. This led to controversy and violent confrontations, and to the emergence of the Republican Party with Abraham Lincoln as its leader.
In the Dred Scott v. Stanford case of 1857, the Missouri Compromise was ruled unconstitutional, and it was decided that Congress should not have the power to prohibit slavery in any state. This was one of the catalysts for the American Civil War.
Employee Appreciation Day is celebrated on the first Friday in March, and it is a day to recognize employees for their hard work and dedication to their job. It is also a great opportunity to create better relationships between employees and their bosses and companies.
While this is not a public holiday, and businesses and schools are open, many employers choose to give their staff some time off work on this day, to participate in activities with their colleagues.
Why is Employee Appreciation Day Celebrated?
This day is a great day for bosses to show their employees what their strongest abilities are and motivate them with positive reinforcement. It has been proven that this type of attitude in the workplace increases job satisfaction and productivity, as people respond well to being encouraged by their bosses. It is also a great way for companies to retain their most valuable employees.
History of Employee Appreciation Day
This day first appeared in a calendar in 1995. The calendar was published by Workman Publishing, and it is believed that it was their publisher and founder of Recognition Professional International, Bob Nelson, who came up with the idea for this holiday, in an attempt to get employers to realize the importance of keeping their employees satisfied.
Since then, the holiday has gained traction in the United States, with more companies organizing activities on the day.
There are many ways for companies to show how much they appreciate their staff. One of the most popular ones is treating everyone to a meal out, such as breakfast or lunch, and spend a few hours getting to know the people who work together.
Some employers choose to give some of the day off to their employees, as sometimes flexibility in schedule has been shown to increase productivity. Gifts are also a popular way to show recognition, either in the shape of a gift card, or small upgrades in the office to boost morale.
Some companies organize a day out for everyone, where they play sports, go bowling or have a barbecue, to do some team-building exercises.
National Grammar Day is celebrated every year on March 4, encouraging us all to pay more attention to our verbal and written grammar. The way we talk and write can affect the way others look at us, so it is important to present a positive image of ourselves. Language is present in every aspect of our lives, but there are still many common grammar mistakes that a lot of us are guilty of making. Let National Grammar Day be the perfect excuse to let your inner language nerd out, and brush up on your grammar.
History of National Grammar Day
Martha Brockenbrough, the founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar and author of "Things That Make Us [Sic]", founded National Grammar Day in 2008. She used a play on words and grammar to create the day's very clever motto: “It’s not only a date, it’s an imperative: March forth on March 4 to speak well, write well, and help others do the same!”
Brockenbrough stated in an interview that her motivation to create National Grammar Day was to have a fun and positive way in which to help her students with their grammar.
In its first year, National Grammar Day received the approval of President George W. Bush, who sent a letter commemorating the day.
Many people think that grammar is just a set of rules established for language that can be ignored, but the truth is that grammar is the language system that ensures we are all able to communicate effectively and understand each other. Grammar is one of the most important parts of communication because excluding or including certain grammatical elements can change the whole meaning of a sentence. Using a very well-known example, the two sentences "Let's eat, grandma!" and "Let's eat grandma!" have two completely different meanings. It is the comma, a grammatical element, that changes everything. So, not knowing proper grammar can cause a few awkward misunderstandings.
Some Common Grammar Mistakes
We have all been guilty at some point or other of making a grammar mistake. Here are some common ones to look out for and avoid in your own writing and communication:
1 - Your vs You're. Many people get these two confused. But the difference is that one means you own something "Your Backpack" and the other means you are something "You're fast".
2 - They're vs. Their vs. There. The first one means "They are", the second refers to something owned by a group "their dog", and the last references a point in space, or a place "There it is".
3 - Affect vs. Effect. To affect means to change something, and effect refers to the change itself, the result.
4 - Its vs. It's. Its is a possessive, referring to something that is owned. It's is a contraction of "it is".
National Grammar Day Activities
Grammar is all around us. Celebrating National Grammar Day doesn't have to be a chore. You can sit down with a good book, a magazine, or a newspaper, and improve your grammar and vocabulary while doing something fun.
If you have children or work with children take this opportunity to teach them that grammar is fun. There are many fun grammar activities available online to help you make learning and language into a fun game!
Every year on March 4th World Obesity Day raises awareness about the growing global obesity crisis and the health dangers of being severely overweight. The day is organized by the World Obesity Federation, whose goals are to change the way obesity is looked at across society, and end prejudice against overweight people, but also to highlight the social, environmental, and medical factors that contribute to a high obesity rate and the ways in which we can change them.
History of World Obesity Day
World Obesity Day was founded by the World Obesity Federation, with the support of the World Health Organization and the collaboration of the Lancet Commission on Obesity. It was first observed in 2015.
Every year on World Obesity Day there is a different theme to highlight an issue related to obesity. In 2016, the focus was on childhood obesity, and in 2017 the theme was "Treat obesity now and avoid the consequences later." World Obesity Day in 2018 dealt with the prevalence of weight stigma around the world.
According to the World Obesity Federation, obesity is a disease around which there is still a lot of stigma and prejudice. They aim to bring awareness to what causes obesity, and the ways in which it can and should be addressed and treated. To do so, they are working around the globe to change policies and ensure that obesity is prioritized as a health issue.
Obesity rates have consistently grown in past years, and according to the WHO, there are around 650 million obese people in the world (as of 2016). The United States is one of the countries where the obesity crisis prevails the most, with an adult obesity rate of 42.4% (as of 2020), one of the highest in the whole world. It is considered an epidemic in America and accounts for the cause of death of many people, as it puts them at risk of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
World Obesity Day promotes the resources and practical solutions that can help people treat obesity early and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle, to avoid it turning into something serious and potentially fatal. Obesity does not discriminate and can affect people of all genders, ages, and classes. However, people that suffer from obesity can often be discriminated against. This is why it is important to raise awareness about the disease, its treatments, and end the stigma.
The good news is that, in some cases, preventing obesity can be achieved by doing some minor lifestyle changes. It is important to eat a lot of healthy foods such as fruits and veggies and avoid anything processed. Exercise is also crucial, and just 30 minutes of it a day - such as a daily walk - can make all the difference.
How to Celebrate World Obesity Day
One of the first things you should do is get educated about obesity and the challenges that people that suffer from it face. Then, try to break some of the views you have about obese people, which can sometimes be prejudicial, and learn to be more accepting. Then you can start influencing your friends and family to do the same.
Let this day be a reminder to always keep yourself healthy and fit. Take the opportunity to cook a healthy meal from scratch, and go for a walk or a run in the park. Perhaps even bite the bullet and finally join the gym!
Casimir Pulaski Day is a legal holiday in some states so some schools, libraries, banks and courts are closed.
Federal and state offices, as well as many commercial operations, usually remain open. People wishing to travel via public transport in Illinois on Casimir Pulaski Day may need to check with the local public transit authorities on possible timetable changes.
Casimir Pulaski (Kazimierz Pułaski) is known for his contributions to American independence. He was known as the “Father of American Cavalry”. He was born in Warka, Poland, on March 4, 1747. His father was one of the founding members of the Confederation of Bar, which begin in 1768 and took up arms against Russia, which controlled Poland at the time. After his father’s death, Casimir took over military command and his brilliance earned him an impressive reputation. However, it was not long before he was accused of being involved in a plot to kill the king and was forced into exile.
Pulaski travelled to Paris and met Benjamin Franklin, who enlisted him to help in the American Revolution in North America. He soon joined George Washington’s army. His first military engagement against the British troops was at the Battle of Brandywine on September 11, 1777. After a dashing charge at Brandywine that allowed the American army to escape from the British, he was rewarded with a commission as brigadier general and the command of all American cavalry.
In 1779 Pulaski and his troops broke the British siege of Charleston, South Carolina. He was then sent to Savannah in a joint campaign with French allies. Seeing the French attack failing, Pulaski went into battle to rally the soldiers and was hit by a shot from a cannon. He died two days later (October 11, 1779) and was buried at sea. The United States Congress passed a joint resolution conferring honorary US citizenship on Pulaski in 2009, sending it to the president for approval. President Barack Obama signed the bill on November 6, 2009.
The Dred Scott Case, famously known as Dred Scott v. Sandford, was a key event in American history as it marks a decision of the U.S Supreme Court, on March 6, 1857, that ruled that black people did not have the right to American citizenship, whether free or enslaved. This meant that they did not have the same rights as other American citizens.
The case was brought to court by Dred Scott, a slave who had been taken by his owners from Missouri to free states, and sued for his freedom when back in Missouri.
This date marks an important historic event, but it is not a public holiday.
Who is Dred Scott
Scott was born into slavery in 1799 and had Peter Blow as his owner, who he moved with to Alabama in 1818, and then to Missouri in 1830, both slave states.
After Blow’s death, he was purchased in 1832 by Dr. John Emerson, who took Scott to Illinois, a free state, then Winsconsin where slavery was outlawed by the Missouri Compromise. In there, Scott met and married Harriet Robinson, and her ownership was transferred to Emerson.
In 1837 Dred and Harriet Scott were left behind in Winsconsin as hired out slaves. This was in violation of the Missouri Compromise and meant that Emerson was bringing slavery into a free state. Emerson then moved to Louisiana, a slave state, where he married Eliza Sanford. After the wedding, the Scotts joined their masters in Louisiana.
At this point, it is unclear why they didn’t sue for freedom when entering Louisiana, whose law stated that slaveholders forfeited their rights to their slaves if they brought them to free states for extended periods.
After Emerson’s death in 1843, his wife inherited the Scotts as her property and continued to lease them as hired slaves. In 1846 Dred Scott tried to buy his and his family’s freedom but was refused, and he then decided to take legal action.
With legal and financial help from their church, abolitionists, and Charlotte Blow, Peter Blow’s daughter, the Scotts filed lawsuits for their freedom in 1846, in the St. Louis circuit. These separate lawsuits were based on two statues: one allowed black people to sue for wrongful enslavement, and the other said that nay slaved taken to free territory automatically became free and could not be re-enslaved.
Victory seemed to be a give, as the Missouri courts had heard similar cases, and the Scotts had been taken to and lived in free states. However, due to a wrong testimony given by a witness, the court ruled against them in 1847, granting them a retrial.
In 1850, the case was brought to the Supreme Court of Missouri, where the correct witness was brought in, confirming that she had leased the Scotts from Emerson. The jury decided to grant the Scotts their freedom. However, Emerson appealed and, in 1852, the Missouri Supreme Court reversed the decision of 1850, stating that as the Scotts had not sued for freedom while in a free state, they were legally still enslaved.
At this point, Emerson claimed to have transferred the Scotts’ ownership to her brother, John Sanford, who Dred Scott filed a federal lawsuit against in 1853. In 1854 at the Dred Scott v. Sanford trial the court relied on Missouri law to settle the lawsuit, a law which had held that Scott should remain a slave. Thus, the ruling was in favor of Sanford.
Dred Scott v. Sandford
After this ruling, Dred Scott appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which registered the case as Dred Scott v. Sandford. By this time, Scott had garnered support from famous abolitionists and politicians. At this trial, it was established that John Sanford did not legally own the Scotts, and was used as a front and allowed himself to be sued and represented by pro-slavery advocates in court, although it is unclear why.
The case was presided over by Justice Roger Taney, who did not support slavery but did support state rights. Thus, his ruling for the case was that black people, freed or enslaved, had no rights as American citizens, and therefore could not sue in federal court. He also argued that the Missouri Compromise was unconstitutional and Congress had no right to prevent the spread of slavery.
On March 6, 1857, the court ruled against Dred Scott in a 7-2 decision.
After the US supreme court decision, Eliza Emerson had married an abolitionist, who upon discovering his wife was the owner of a family of slaves sold Scott and his family to Taylor Blow, son of Peter Blow. Taylor then freed the Scott family in May of 1857.
The Supreme Court's decision caused a great revolt among abolitionists, who thought the ruling an attempt to stop the debate on slavery. This deepened the divide between North and South on matters of slavery and resulted in the secession of Southern states that led to the American Civil War.
National Day of Unplugging is on the First Friday of March and encourages people to try a digital detox and unplug for 24 hours, from sundown to sundown. Nowadays, we are all attached to our smartphones, computers, TVs, and WiFi connections allow us to be on the internet 24-7. Because of this, sometimes we forget to be present in the real world, as we are more concerned about documenting our lives on social media. National Unplugging Day is the first step to being less dependent on technology, the perfect opportunity to unwind, read a book, go outside, be with people, without being glued to our phones.
National Day of Unplugging was created in 2009, by the non-profit organization Reboot and the Sabbath Manifesto, who both realized that the increased usage of smartphones could have a long term impact on people's mental health. Their goal is to inspire people to slow down in a hectic world and make them realize that technology does not need to be a constant presence in their lives by spending a whole day with no electronics and no phones.
The first National Day of Unplugging events started out as small groups of people getting together for tech-free dinners, but today this holiday has partners all around the country and the world who sponsor live unplugged events every year. Today, the unplugging movement is a project of the Unplug Collaborative.
Smartphones and computers have given us many good things. Constant connection to the internet means that we have access to an immense amount of information, we can connect with people who are far away from us, and there are apps for everything that help make our lives easier. However, this also comes with an array of negative consequences. We forget to connect with people in real life, we are always worried about making our lives look perfect on social media, and we sleep less. Technology can become a real addiction! Even 24 hours away from our phones can have many benefits, here are some:
How to Celebrate National Day of Unplugging
Obviously, the first step is to step away from all your devices for a day. Turn your phone and laptop off at night and don't pick them up until the next evening (or longer, if you want to!).
Then, the possibilities are endless for what you can do with your day. You can read that book you've been meaning to pick up, go on a walk, take the time to cook a big meal, do those chores you've been putting off, or arrange beforehand to meet up with some friends and you can all spend your day unplugged but connecting in real life!
Visiting them might make us anxious, but they play a crucial part in keeping us healthy. That's why on March 6 we celebrate National Dentist's Day, to show our appreciation for the doctors who keep our pearly whites in top shape. While visits to the dentist can be nerve-wracking, good oral health and hygiene are essential for a long and healthy life. And, it means that we can keep enjoying our sweet treats, in moderation of course!
History of National Dentist's Day
The origins of National Dentist's Day are unknown, but this holiday is a great opportunity not only for patients to show their appreciation for their dentists, but also for dentists to encourage more people to visit them and look after their dental health. National Dentist's Day can show everyone that going to the dentist doesn't have to be scary at all and that keeping good dental hygiene is easy and worth it!
As we all know, a dentist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing, preventing, and treating diseases and conditions of our oral cavity or our mouths. But did you know that in the middle ages, before dentistry as a medical field existed, it was barbers who performed the job of dentists? There were two types of dentist-barbers: Guild barbers, who were more educated and qualified, and in charge of doing complex surgeries. And lay barbers, who were tasked with doing hygienic services like tooth extraction and basic surgery.
Dentistry as a medical field emerged in 1728, in France. In the United States, the first dentists were immigrants from Europe, but by 1760 there were already American-born dentists practicing dentistry. It was also America that pioneered the field of forensic dentistry. The Doctor of Dental Surgery, or DDS, degree was established in 1840, and in 1859 the American Dental Association was founded.
Today, dentists are one of the most important professions in the medical field. Keeping our mouths and teeth in good shape is essential for our overall health. Even though many of us fear going to the dentist, the feeling of coming away from the dentist's chair toothache free, with clean teeth, and filled cavities is definitely worth it. More often than not, though, if you've been flossing and brushing your teeth, and staying away from too many unhealthy foods, you should have nothing to fear on your dental check-up!
How to Celebrate National Dentist's Day
If you've been putting off going to see your dentist, let this day be a reminder to make an appointment for a check-up. You'll see there's nothing to fear and you'll feel better for doing it!
Send your dentist an email, a card, some chocolates, or flowers to show them that you appreciate them for keeping you healthy. If you have an appointment on this day, reward your dentist by showing them you've been following their advice and keeping on top of your oral health.
Encourage friends and family to visit the dentist, and start teaching your children about how important it is to brush their teeth, and that there is nothing scary about the dentist.
Share your dentist's work by sharing a photo of you smiling on social media with the hashtag #NationalDentistsDay
International Women’s Day is observed annually on March 8, all around the World. It is a day to reflect on and celebrate the social, political, economic and cultural accomplishments of women, and to bring awareness to the fight for gender equality. Although it is a holiday in some countries, it is a normal day in the United States, and as such, businesses and schools are open.
The official color for International Women’s Day is Purple and the logo is the goddess Venus. Since 1908 the colors for the fight for women’s rights have been Purple, Green and White, set as such by the Women’s Social and Political Union in the United Kingdom. Purple is meant to symbolize justice and dignity, Green symbolizes hope, and White used to be the symbol for purity, although it has now been removed because it was deemed antiquated.
The History of International Women's Day
The fight to have a day to celebrate women began during the 1900s, at a time when there was a surge in population growth and the creation of more precarious jobs during the industrial revolution. This resulted in a spike of radical ideologies, and people who felt themselves mistreated started fighting for their rights.
This resulted in unrest and depression, and members of labor movements became more vocal in their discontent with their conditions. In 1908, 15,000 women marched through the streets of New York, demanding better pay and voting rights.
Motivated by this, in 1909 garment workers went on strike in a protest against their working conditions and bad pay, and on this same year, on February 28, the Socialist Party of America, by the hands of Theresa Malkiel, organized the first National Women’s Day in America. This day was celebrated on the last Sunday of February, until 1913.
Clara Zetkin, of the German Women’s Office, was inspired by these movements, and in 1910, at a conference in Copenhagen, voiced her desire to have an International Women’s Day, where every country in the world would unite in their demands for better rights and equality for women. This was approved, and in 1911 the official first gatherings for International Women’s Day happened in many European countries, on March 19. A few days later, on March 25, the Triangle Fire happened in New York, killing 146 Women, factory workers in precarious conditions, making it even more apparent the need for awareness of working situations for women.
March 8 was declared the official International Women’s Day in 1913, and it has remained so until today.
International Women's Day in recent times
The United Nations declared 1975 International Women’s Year and began observing International Women’s Day. By 1977, the UN General Assembly asked all of their member states to recognize March 8 as the Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace, as a day to end discrimination and to fight for women’s equality. It was declared that each country should celebrate this day according to their own traditions and customs, making this a global day.
In 1996 it was decided that International Women’s Day should have a different theme that highlights women’s struggles and achievements every year. The first annual theme was Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future, and since then there have been many different themes such as Ending Impunity for Violence Against Women and Girls in 2007 and Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change in 2019.
How International Women's Day is celebrated
Every year, International Women’s Day is observed with events around the world that are meant to raise awareness of the struggles and achievements of women. The events can take the shape of seminars, conferences, debates and social gatherings, where women who are leaders of the community, such as politicians, educators, entrepreneurs and tv personalities are invited to give talks that focus on the issues and successes of women, the need for education, the portrayal of women in the media and encouraging women to pursue equality in their careers.
Schools will also organize special lessons and presentations, where they teach students about the influence of women in society.
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For many people, the word meatball means much more than a delicious ball of meat. It can represent comfort, long, happy family meals, or the memory of a trip to Italy. Whether you prefer the classic spaghetti and meatballs, or just love to pick up a meatball sub for lunch, you are sure to want to celebrate National Meatball Day on March 9.
History of National Meatball Day
We may never know who invented National Meatball Day because there are no records of this unofficial holiday being created. But whoever did it was definitely onto something. Meatballs are one of the oldest foods known to Man, and many countries have their own version of it, which means meatballs are an international success. With reason!
Historians estimate that meatballs were made in the 2nd century B.C. in China, most precisely in the region of Shandong, during the Qin dynasty. From there, it traveled to Rome, Persia, Iran, and eventually to the rest of Europe. Each of these places has invented its own version of the meatball, and today almost every country in the world has its own meatball recipe, so meatball lovers are spoilt for choice! One of the most famous versions of the meatball are Swedish meatballs, which are a bit smaller, made with ground beef and pork, onions, white pepper, and salt, and usually served with gravy, potatoes, and lingonberry jam.
Although spaghetti and meatballs is often associated with Italian cuisine, the dish was actually invented by Italian-Americans in the United States, who then brought meatballs over to Italy. It is safe to say that meatballs are one of the most beloved foods in America, as they can be added to almost anything: spaghetti, rice, pizza, and even sandwiches.
Most meatballs in America are made with pork, beef, or a combination of the two, but meatballs made with leaner meats such as turkey or chicken, and vegetarian alternatives have recently become very popular as healthier alternatives.
The beauty of meatballs is not only that they are super tasty, but they are also very versatile. They can be included in appetizers, main dishes, and side dishes. And they pair well with just about anything.
How to Celebrate National Meatball Day
Celebrate meatballs by making a big batch of spaghetti and meatballs and inviting people over for a delicious dinner party. Nothing brings people together like good, comforting food.
Not in the mood for cooking? Many restaurants offer National Meatball Day deals on March 9. Just choose your favorite and place a big order of meatballs.
On the second Thursday in March, we observe World Kidney Day, an international campaign that raises awareness about how important kidneys are for our health and highlights the causes and impact of kidney disease in order to prevent it. The day is marked by public screenings, taking place all around the world, and awareness campaigns that focus on risk factors and preventive behavior.
History of World Kidney Day
The first World Kidney Day was celebrated in 2006 when it was established by the International Society of Nephrology and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations. It has been observed annually ever since, and it keeps growing in popularity around the globe.
Many people don't realize the important role that their kidneys play in their overall health. Kidneys act as filters in our bodies, getting rid of waste products and excess fluids in the blood, and also regulate blood pressure and produce life-sustaining hormones. Not just that, by filtering bad things out of our bodies, kidneys help with our bone health and strength and also aid the production of red blood cells.
Kidney failure can severely impact someone's health, and, in some extreme cases, be fatal. This is why it is so important to keep kidneys healthy, by practicing healthy habits, such as healthy eating, keeping active, maintaining a healthy weight, and regularly checking blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
World Kidney Day raises awareness about the importance of kidney health and educates people on kidney diseases, which are very common, can be very harmful but are often treatable if discovered at an early stage. When kidney issues go untreated, they can result in Chronic Kidney Disease, a progressive loss in kidney function that does not go away and can result in kidney failure.
How to Celebrate World Kidney Day
This day is all about raising awareness, so different health organizations host events to reach out to the public about kidney health. These can be public screenings, free exercise classes, lectures, and seminars.
If you or anyone you know has been impacted by kidney disease, consider donating to a kidney health association, to aid with research into kidney disease, its treatment, and prevention. Similarly, you can register as an organ donor, meaning that you can provide life-saving help to someone in need of a kidney transplant.
National Girl Scout Day is celebrated on March 12, the birthday of Girl Scouting in the United States. It is part of National Girl Scout Week, which happens from March 8th-14th every year. Girl Scouting in America has millions of members, and it provides girls all around the country with enrichment programs, outdoor activities, and service projects that prepare them for life.
History of National Girl Scout Day
The origins of National Girl Scout Day are tied to the founding of Girl Scouting in the United States. It was on March 12, 1912, that Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the Girl Guides of America, as it was originally named, and its original 18 members, as an organization. The first Girl Guide troop meeting took place on the same day, in Savannah, Georgia, with Gordon Low and the 18 girls.
By bringing Girl Scouting to America, Juliette Gordon Low wanted to teach girls to be resourceful and adventurous, and bring them out of their homes to experience the outdoors and serve their community. Eventually, she tried to reach out to similar organizations to join forces and advance the Girl Guides. One of those organizations was the Girl Scouts of America, which at the time was run by Clara Lisetor-Lane, who threatened to sue Gordon Low for copying her.
However, in 1913, the Girl Scouts of America under Lisetor-Lane ran out of financial resources, so Juliette Gordon Low incorporated the organization and changed the name from the Girl Guides to the Girl Scouts of America, eventually moving the organization to New York in 1915.
The numbers of Girl Scouts in America just kept rising from then on, and from 18 girls, the organization now counts with over 4 million members. Around 50 million women have been a part of the Girl Scouts since it was founded.
So, National Girl Scout Day is commemorated on March 12, as it is the birthday of when the movement was founded in America.
Girl Scouts of America Traditions
Like other similar organizations, the Girl Scouts have their own symbols, traditions, and motto.
The Girl Scouts motto is "Be Prepared". A Girl Scout must always be ready to help when she is needed.
When saying the Girl Scout Promise, the Girl Scouts do their official hand signal - raising three fingers on the right hand, with the thumb over the pinky.
Girl Scout Salute:
Girl Scouts salute other scouts by shaking hands with their left hand and raising the right hand to do the Girl Scout hand sign.
SWAPS stands for “Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere.”, which are small tokens of friendship that Girl Scouts trade with each other when traveling.
National Girl Scout Day Activities
National Girl Scout Day is observed by past and present Girl Scouts, together with their troops. If you're currently in the Girl Scouts you will likely be celebrating it with your friends, but if you're no longer a Girl Scout you can still participate! Contact the troops you were a part of and ask if you can take part in the celebrations, you can meet the new Scouts and share your experience with them.
Don't forget to share what you love the most about Girl Scouting on social media! Put some of your favorite photos on your profile, with the hashtag #NationalGirlScoutDay.
March means that Spring is right at the door, and with its arrival, flowers begin to bloom. Make sure spring is as colorful as possible by taking part in National Plant a Flower Day on March 12. The sunshine and warmer weather of Spring are enough to lift people's moods, but no one can resist the beauty of flowers: their colors and scents can put a smile on anyone's face. Raise your spirits by planting some flowers today!
History of National Plant a Flower Day
The origins of National Plant a Flower Day are unknown, but March 12 falls right in the middle of March, which is when the gardening season begins. It could be that some green thumbs realized this would be the perfect day to prepare their gardens for Spring, and wanted to encourage others to follow suit!
While before gardening used to be thought of as a hobby for older people, nowadays, people of all ages enjoy getting some dirt under their fingernails. Children join their parents or grandparents in the garden and younger people see themselves as "plant parents" and fill their rooms and homes with plants. So, anyone and everyone can participate in National Plant a Flower Day!
Start by researching which flowers thrive where you live, and try to plant some perennials, which are flowers that grow back every year, so you don't have to worry about replanting them every year. You can find this information on the USDA website. If you don't have a garden, you can still plant some flowers in pots and keep them inside. Just remember to look up what flowers do well indoors, and the proper care for them. This is the perfect way to bring Spring to your own home.
The official flower of March, and therefore a flower that we see everywhere when Spring arrives, is the Daffodil (also known as Narcissus).
How to Celebrate National Plant a Flower Day
On National Plant a Flower Day get your inner green thumb out and get to work on your garden or buy some indoor plants. Do some research before you start your gardening, if you have a local greenhouse visit them to ask for advice regarding plants and tools that you can use.
Daylight Saving Time’s start happens every year on the second Sunday of March, at 2 a.m. However, because different states have different time zones, this time change occurs at different times.
At 2 a.m the clocks turn forward one hour, essentially taking one hour from the morning, to extend the evenings.
This change happens at 2 a.m because it causes the least disruption to everyday life. Most people are at home and sleeping, trains and public transport are few at this time of day, and bars and restaurants are usually not as busy, thus it doesn’t disturb business.
The History of Daylight Saving Time
There is some debate regarding the origins of Daylight Saving Time, as a few different people seem to have had the same idea throughout history.
The first record of a suggestion to change the clocks is attributed to Benjamin Franklin who, while living in Paris in 1784, wrote a letter to the editor of the journal of Paris entitled “An Economical Project” where he satirically suggests changing the clocks to economize time, as he observed that Parisians saved money on candles by getting up early. This letter had a satirical tone to it, and in reality, Franklin’s suggestion was not that the clocks changed, but actually that people changed their schedules to better adjust to nature’s cycles.
Over a century later, a man called George Hudson proposed something more similar to the modern Daylight Saving Time, in 1895, where he suggested a two-hour change in daylight. It is, however, William Willet who is credited with inventing Daylight Saving Time in 1905, when he noticed that people in London would sleep in late during the Summer, thus wasting daylight hours. In his proposition titled “Waste of Daylight,” he proposed advancing the clocks 20 minutes every Sunday in April and then changing them back every Sunday in October.
However, the time changes only became common during World War I, when soldiers needed to cut down on their use of electricity, to save fuel. After the War, this change was reverted as it proved to be unpopular with the American population. With the coming of World War II, President Roosevelt instated what he called “War Time”, which meant that Daylight Saving Time was in effect all year round. This lasted from 1942 until 1945.
Daylight Saving Time was adopted in some states in America in 1966 during an energy crisis and after the passing of the Uniform Time Act. In 1974 President Nixon officially signed a law stating that clocks would be set ahead from January until the beginning of October. This was amended in October, setting the Standard Time back to October 25 1974, and Daylight Saving Time resumed on February 1975.
Until 2005 Daylight Saving Time was observed from the first Sunday in April until the last Sunday in October. President George W. Bush ordered it to be extended for four weeks, and in 2007 Daylight Saving Time was officially set to run from the second Sunday of March until the first Sunday of November.
Why do we have Daylight Saving Time?
Daylight Saving Time was originally conceived to make better use of daylight and save energy.
The length of daylight hours is determined by the Earth’s axial tilt, which changes seasonally, meaning that daylight is longer in the summer and shorter in the winter.
By turning the clocks to one hour ahead during the summer season, people will have to wake up one hour earlier than usual, thus also finishing their work one hour earlier, which means that they will still have one extra hour of daylight to enjoy, as most people appreciate having long summer evenings.
However, some people are against Daylight Saving Time, as they have to adjust to a whole new sleeping schedule, which is difficult for those with sleeping disorders. It has been proven that people are at their most tired on the days after the clocks change, which is why productivity levels are low and traffic incidents see an increase during this time of year. This is why National Napping Day takes place on the day after Daylight Saving Time starts.
Pi Day is observed every year on March 14, and it is a day to commemorate the mathematical constant of Pi. It is only a fun observance, and as such, businesses and schools are open as usual.
In the American month/day way of writing a date, Pi Day happens on 3/14. 3.14 are the first three digits of Pi. If you love maths, you can have your Pi Day celebrations at exactly 1:59 a.m or p.m, so that they happen at exactly 3.14159.
Some math lovers also celebrate Pi Approximation Day on July 22, as 22/7 is the fraction that represents Pi.
What is Pi?
Pi is a mathematical constant that defines the ratio of the circumference of a circle in relation to its diameter.
The first calculation of Pi was done by Archimedes, a mathematician in Ancient Greece, who determined the area of a circle by using the Pythagorean theorem.
Since then, Pi has been used throughout history by many different cultures, and it has become an essential part for calculations in many fields such as engineering, construction and physics.
Pi is an irrational and transcendental number, which means it can go on to infinity. In fact, currently, Pi has been calculated by scientists to over 1 trillion decimal places and counting. However, it is usually abbreviated to be used in problem-solving
The word Pi comes from the Greek word perimetros, which means circumference, and the Greek letter has been used to represent it since the 18th century.
History of Pi Day
In 1988 physicist Larry Shaw held the first Pi Day celebration at the San Francisco Exploratorium, a science museum. On that day, people commemorated Pi by having circular parades and eating fruit pies.
March 14 became officially recognized as National Pi Day in the United States by the House of Representatives on March 12, 2009.
Celebrating Pi Day
Many people celebrate Pi Day by eating pies and organizing pie-eating contests. There are also competitions to see who can recall Pi to the highest number of decimal places.
The San Francisco Exploratorium still hosts yearly celebrations on March 14, and they now include webcasts.
The exact area of a circumference can never be calculated because the exact value of Pi can never be calculated.
Emma Haruka Iwao spent four months calculating Pi to 31.4 million digits.
National Napping Day is an unofficial observance that takes place on the day after Daylight Savings Time starts. It is a day meant to make up for the one hour of sleep that people lose due to the time change.
History of National Napping Day
In 1999, William Anthony PhD, a professor and researcher at Boston University, together with his wife Camille Anthony, realized how sleep-deprived people were after the clocks changed with Daylight Savings. They set out to create a day that would highlight the health benefits of a quick nap in the afternoon, in order to increase productivity and happiness.
Although not an official holiday recognized by the US Government’s calendar, many people honor this day by having a quick nap in the afternoon, and it has gained popularity in recent years due to social media, with #NationalNappingDay often trending on social media, and people sharing National Napping Day memes and images.
Many Mediterranean countries such as Spain and Italy have long realized the benefits of a quick siesta or riposo. In these cultures, people have been taking quick naps post-lunch for several years and acknowledging their many benefits.
The afternoon is actually the perfect day for a quick nap, as it is the hottest part of the day, and productivity is usually lower due to that, so it is the perfect time for a short break. It also falls right in the middle of the wake cycle and the sleep cycle, which is ideal for the body to regain its rhythm.
Napping has been proved to increase productivity and alertness levels, which means that it makes the brain work better. Several large companies such as Google encourage their employees to take naps during the day as it actually helps them work better for the rest of the day. It is estimated that companies lose millions of dollars a year due to employees being overworked and tired, thus not doing the best work that they could.
It also significantly helps with cognitive ability, as naps help improve memory and logical reasoning. This is why so many advise people to take naps during studying breaks, as they help the brain retain the information acquired.
Naps also help make you happier and less frustrated, enabling people to deal with problems in a calmer manner.
Healthwise, napping reduces the risk of heart disease by 37%.
Finally, it is known that most mammals take naps during the day, so why not humans?
The best way to celebrate this day is by honoring William and Camille Anthony’s wishes and have a nap! Find a cozy spot and reap all the benefits of a quick sleep.
Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, honouring the death of St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, and celebrating the presence of Irish Culture in America. It is not recognised as a national holiday, and as such businesses and schools are open during normal working hours.
Who was Saint Patrick?
Saint Patrick was born in 4th Century Britain and was kidnapped at the age of 16 years old and taken to Ireland. After managing to escape to France, where he was indoctrinated in Christianity, he returned to Ireland in 432 in order to convert its population into the religion. During his time, he is said to have built many monasteries, churches and schools, where he could preach his beliefs.
Legend has it that Saint Patrick repelled snakes away from Ireland, although it is likely that this is meant to represent him getting Ireland rid of pagans and non-believers. It is also said that he used the shamrock as a way to symbolize the Holy Trinity, thus why this is now such an important symbol in the celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day.
Saint Patrick’s Day in America
During the 18th century many Irish people emigrated to the United States of America, bringing the celebrations and traditions of Saint Patrick’s Day with them, and today it is one of the most widely celebrated days in America. The first Saint Patrick’s Day festivities took place in Boston in 1737, and in New York in 1762. Celebrations only got bigger, and the cities with the largest number of Irish-American citizens started going all out in order to commemorate this day; notably, since 1962, in Chicago, the river is dyed green to mark the day.
In this way, Irish Patriotism kept rising in America, and societies dubbed as Irish Aid societies were created in order to celebrate the Irish Culture in the country, by organising parades and other events. For Saint Patrick’s Day, New York Irish Aid societies joined forces in 1848 in order to create the New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, renowned for being the oldest in the world, and the biggest in the United States of America. It has 150,000 participants, and 3 million spectators get together on the streets annually to watch the parade, which lasts for five hours.
Many traditions have lasted over the years, in the celebration of Saint Patrick’s day. The most well-known one being the “wearing of the green” where people have to wear at least one article of green clothing. Those who choose not to wear green on this day are at risk of getting pinched by other people.
In America, the official food of Saint Patrick’s Day is corned beef and cabbage, and alcohol and drinking are also a huge part of the day, with many people going to bars and pubs in order to celebrate with others. Pubs often host parties, having special offers for the day and using decorations such as shamrocks, snakes and leprechauns.
Evacuation Day is commemorated every year on March 17 and is a public holiday in Suffolk County, Massachusetts. It celebrates the day in 1776 when British Troops evacuated Boston during the American Revolutionary War.
It is a public holiday in Massachusetts where people get the day off work, and schools and businesses are closed.
This day is not to be confused with Evacuation Day in New York, which happened on November 25, 1783, when the last of the British Troops left the United States, marking the end of the Revolutionary War.
History of Evacuation Day
Evacuation Day in Boston was the first big victory of the American Army against British Troops.
On October 2nd, 1768, the city of Boston was invaded and occupied by 1000 British Soldiers. This occupation lasted for eight years, during which the number of British troops in Boston kept increasing.
Boston citizens were angry, and tensions between both sides escalated. On March 5, 1770, people attacked British soldiers by throwing them clams and other objects, which prompted the British to fire into the crowd, killing five people and injuring others, in what became known as the Boston Massacre.
It was then on March 4, 1776, that General John Thomas, acting under orders from George Washington, led 2,000 soldiers and workers to fortify Dorchester Heights with cannons, surrounding the British troops. At the same time, Americans were besieging Boston. British General William Howe found himself and his fleet surrounded by weaponry, indefensible, and had to choose between attacking or retreating. He chose the latter, wanting to avoid another big battle, and withdrew all of his 11,000 troops from Boston to Nova Scotia, on March 17, 1776.
Traditions and Celebrations
The day is commemorated with an annual parade and a politician’s breakfast. As Evacuation Day falls on the same day as St. Patrick’s Day and South Boston has a high Irish American population, the parade is known as St. Patrick’s and Evacuation Day Parade.
Some people participate in reenactments of the siege at Dorchester Heights, dressing in traditional American Revolutionary War uniforms. Others choose to pay visits to historical sites.
St. Joseph’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Joseph, is a religious observance known as a feast day, celebrated every year on March 19. It commemorates Saint Joseph, the husband of the Virgin Mary and Jesus’s Stepfather. This day is thought to have been his birthday. It is not a public holiday, and as such businesses and schools are open, and it is a regular workday.
The History of St. Joseph’s Day
This observance has been established in calendars since the 10th century, however, it wasn’t adopted by the Roman church until the 15th century when Pope Pius V added the custom to the liturgical rite.
Saint Joseph’s Day was established as a feast day in the 19th century.
Saint Joseph was said to be a carpenter, and a highly-skilled artisan and tradesman. He married the Virgin Mary and became the stepfather of Jesus Christ. Together, the three are known as the Holy Family.
Accounts of Joseph are noticeably absent from reports of Jesus’s days as a preacher, thus it is believed that he may have died before this.
In 1870, Pope Pius IX named Saint Joseph as the protector of the Catholic Church. He is also the patron saint of unborn children, fathers, immigrants and workers. Because of the latter, there is another religious observance that commemorates Saint Joseph on May 1st.
Saint Joseph is regarded as a model for fathers everywhere, and some Catholic countries celebrate Father’s Day on March 19.
St. Joseph’s Day Celebrations in the United States
During a period of famine in Sicily, where crops weren’t prospering, Italians prayed to St. Joseph for successful harvests. These prayers were answered, and with enough yields, the famine ended for the poor people. To give thanks, Italians began giving annual offerings of food for the saint, these were placed in altars known as Saint Joseph’s Tables.
In the United States, this tradition is still observed in New Orleans, where there is a large Sicilian community. Saint Joseph’s Day is an event that is celebrated across the whole city, with public and private altars being built filled with food such as pasta, fish, bread, cakes, pastries and fava beans. The food must be meatless, as March 19 happens during lent. These altars are blessed by a priest and hold a statue of St. Joseph. Afterwards, the food is donated to charities.
New Orleans also hosts big Saint Joseph Day parades, similar to the ones of Mardi Gras. Some people believe that burying a Saint Joseph statue upside down will help them sell their house.
Saint Joseph’s Day is also celebrated in other parts of the United States where there are big Italian communities, such as New York, Chicago, Kansas and Rhode Island. In these places, people observe the day by following the tradition of wearing red.
March 20 is National Proposal Day. The Spring Equinox brings the arrival of Spring, warmer weather, longer days, and new beginnings - the perfect day to get down on one knee and ask a significant other for their hand in marriage. For those struggling to find a day to pop the question, National Proposal Day offers a good and meaningful option!
History of National Proposal Day
The story goes that John Michael O'Loughlin created National Proposal Day to help out his cousin, whose boyfriend took too long to propose to her. Perhaps O'Loughlin wanted to give the two lovebirds a hand, and give all other couples around the country a reminder to make the commitment to get engaged before it's too late.
The day quickly gained traction and spread all over the internet, with more people taking part on National Proposal Day. The most popular days for wedding proposals are Christmas Day, Valentine's Day, and New Year's Day, but National Proposal Day is consistently rising in popularity, with more engagements happening on that day every year, so perhaps it will be up there with the most popular holidays one day.
Wedding proposals come in all shapes and forms. Some people like a big and elaborate proposal, such as a flashmob, others prefer to keep it private, with a special and romantic evening at home. There is no right way to do it, the important thing is to be sure that this is the person you want to spend the rest of your life with.
While the tradition has always been for men to get down on one knee and propose to their partner, more women are now taking their engagement proposal into their own hands and proposing to the men! Many choose to do it on leap day when it happens, but why not do it on National Proposal Day?
How to Celebrate National Proposal Day
Have you been thinking about proposing to your partner for a while but struggling to find the right time? Have you two talked about getting married before? Then why not celebrate National Proposal Day by getting engaged on this day? Let the arrival of Spring encourage and inspire you to get started on a new chapter of your life together.
If you've been expecting a proposal for a while and it still hasn't arrived, then perhaps you should take National Proposal Day to sit down with your partner and discuss getting engaged and married to see if you're both on the same page.
The Spring Equinox, also known as Vernal Equinox and March Equinox, happens every year usually on March 20 (some years it can take place on March 19 or 21), and it is the day that marks the beginning of Spring.
This Equinox is used to measure the length of a tropical year, or how long the Earth takes to do one orbit around the Sun. The average length is 365 days, 5 hours and 48 minutes.
What is the Spring Equinox?
The Spring Equinox happens on the specific moment in time when the Sun is directly above the Earth’s equator, which happens when the Sun is crossing the celestial equator, an imaginary line above the equator, from South to North. This occurs at the same time everywhere in the World, however, the date and time of the Equinox vary from country to country due to the year that it happens in and the time zones.
This happens only twice in one year, and these are the only times when the Sun rises due East and sets due West, for everyone in the World.
Usually, the Earth has a tilt of 23.4°, however, during the Equinox, the Earth’s tilt is zero in relation to the sun, meaning it is not pointing towards or away from it, but rather the tilt is perpendicular to the sun’s rays. After the Spring Equinox, it is the Northern Hemisphere that is pointing towards the sun, which is why the days become longer and warmer.
The Meaning of Equinox
The word Equinox derives from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), so the definition of it is Equal Night, which is so because on the day of the Spring Equinox, day and night last for approximately the same length of time (about 12 hours).
This is the same for all parts of the World, and it means that with the arrival of the first day of Spring we have earlier dawns and later sunsets.
Since ancient times, people celebrate the arrival of Spring with pagan rituals and traditions, as a commemoration of new beginnings and the renewal of nature.
Chichen Itza, Mexico
The Mayan people were very connected to the sun, regularly observing its path to track the sunrises and sunsets and measure the length of the days to create their calendars.
During the Spring Equinox, the Mayans would perform sacrificial rituals on the famous El Castillo Pyramid. Built in 1000 A.D, the sunlight hits one of the four sides of the pyramid, signalling the arrival of a new season. At the beginning of Spring, the sun hits the pyramid in a way that makes it look like a huge snake is sliding down the stairs, which the Mayans called “the return of the Sun Serpent”.
The Cahokia Woodhenge near Illinois was built between 900 and 1100 C.E and consisted of big timber circles located to the West of Monks Moundat. It was thought to be a solar calendar to mark the equinoxes and solstices, as well as sunrises and sunsets.
The Holiday of Ostara
Ostara is a German Goddess who is the namesake of Easter in some languages. On March 21, the Wiccan celebrate a holiday named after the Goddess, as she is associated with the arrival of spring and rebirth, which is why her festival is celebrated on the Spring Equinox.
The International Day of Happiness is celebrated around the world every year on March 20. Its purpose is to bring focus to what the United Nations consider to be the ultimate goals of humankind, which are happiness, freedom and wellbeing, and these should be the purpose of every nation. It is only an observance in the United States, and as such businesses and schools remain open.
History of International Day of Happiness
In 2011, Jayme Illien, the CEO of Illien Global Public Benefit Corporation began a year-long, million-dollar campaign aimed at the United States Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, with the purpose of creating a global day to celebrate the importance of happiness for people around the world.
Illien had previously initiated a UN project intending to have a worldwide day to spread awareness of the fact that happiness is a human right, in 2008.
On June 28, 2012, resolution 66/281, authored by Illien, was accepted and adopted by all United Nations member states, officially instating International Day of Happiness as a day to be observed by countries around the world.
The first International Day of Happiness was celebrated on March 20, 2013.
Who was Jayme Illien?
Illien was an orphan who was rescued by a charity as a child and sent to live in the United States. As an adult, he dedicated his life to helping and rescuing abandoned children, which gave him a strong awareness of the many issues that humans still faced. He realized that human happiness was not only a right for all but should be the ultimate objective that humankind should pursue, in order to make a better world. Thus, he set out to create a day that would bring awareness to his goal.
Why do we celebrate International Day of Happiness?
The purpose of the United Nations when creating this day was to recognize happiness as an essential part not just of people’s wellbeing, but also of countries’ public policy. They believe that happiness is the key to an inclusive approach to the nations’ development and economic growth.
This way of thinking was inspired by the country of Bhutan, who is said to have the happiest citizens in the world. Bhutan measures their national prosperity not by using the Gross National Product index, but rather the Gross National Happiness index, as they believe that their country can only prosper if its citizens are happy with their lives and accomplishments.
This is then a day where countries and their people can participate in understanding how their happiness impacts their global impression, by linking their economic development with social and environmental wellbeing.
In 2009, the United States, inspired by Bhutan’s GNH, adopted the Gallup Well Being index to conduct a happiness survey with their citizens, where they evaluated people’s happiness and quality of life by asking questions that focus on work environment, physical and mental health, healthy behaviors and access to basic necessities.
How International Day of Happiness is celebrated
Every year, the institution Action for Happiness coordinates events for International Day of Happiness around the world. There is also a yearly theme for the day, for example, in 2019 the theme was Happier Together.
People are encouraged to celebrate this day by reflecting on what makes them happy, and how they can change the world through this.
Others choose to celebrate by bringing happiness to others, by donating to charity or volunteering.
March Monthly Holidays and Observances in America
National Women's History Month
Endometriosis Awareness Month
Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month
National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month
Irish-American Heritage Month
National Craft Month
National Cheerleading Safety Month
National Brain Injury Awareness Month
Expanding Girls' Horizons in Science and Engineering Month
National Kidney Month
National Nutrition Month
National Social Work Month
World Poetry Day is an international observance celebrated every year on March 21. It was established by UNESCO, with the aim of encouraging the return of oral tradition by supporting linguistic diversity and giving endangered languages an opportunity to be heard. And what better way to do it than through one of the most beautiful forms of artistic expression: poetry? World Poetry Day also promotes the teaching, reading, writing, and publishing of poetry, and encourages a dialogue between poetry and other arts, with the objective of raising poetry back to its former status of one of the most appreciated and important forms of art.
History of World Poetry Day
UNESCO established March 21 as World Poetry Day in 1999, during the 30th General Conference in Paris.
Unlike other UN and UNESCO observances, World Poetry Day does not celebrate different themes every year.
Poetry is one of the oldest forms of art and literature known to men, dating all the way back to prehistoric times in Africa. It has always offered people a means to express themselves, their humanity, and their identity, and to write about matters of life, feelings, and thoughts. Because of this, reading poetry enables us to find meaning in our experiences and existence, and to connect with others on a human level. Poetry is crucial for emotional development, not only in children but in adults too, as it can help us look at things in a different way.
It is the unique language and form of poetry, its rhythm, meter, and symbolism, that allow writers to evoke meaning and communicate ideas and feelings better than other artistic mediums.
World Poetry Day celebrates all this! Poetry can surpass linguistic barriers, and therefore promotes linguistic diversity and multiculturalism, giving people an opportunity to be heard. By reviving the poetic oral tradition, and promoting poetry recitals, UNESCO aims to bring people closer together and connect them to their humanity. Poetry can talk about universal experiences, and many of us can still relate to poems that were written centuries ago. That's another one of poetry's beauties.
And of course, World Poetry Day celebrates all poets - past and present - and honors their work, with the goal of inspiring future generations to try their hand at poetry, to stop it from becoming a dying art.
Celebrated American Poets
Even though the United States is a relatively young country, it has a rich literary tradition that continues to have a big impact and influence in other arts. American poets in particular have a distinctly American voice, and many are internationally acclaimed. Here are some of the most famous American poets, do you know any of their work?
- Walt Whitman (1819-1892) His collection of poems, Leaves of Grass, is considered one of the most important pieces of American literature.
- Robert Frost (1874-1963) Frost won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry four times!
- Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) One of the most celebrated American poets, whose work unfortunately only gained recognition after her death.
- T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) The leader of the Modernist movement in poetry. Author of The Waste Land.
- Langston Hughes (1901-1967) Leader of the Harlem Renaissance and Civil Rights activist.
- Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) Pioneer of confessional poetry. The first person to win a posthumous Pulitzer Prize.
How to Celebrate World Poetry Day
On World Poetry Day government agencies, arts organizations, communities, schools and libraries usually organize some events to celebrate poetry and poets, such as readings, seminars, or lectures. See if there are any near you and go connect with other poetry lovers.
Want to learn more about American poetry? Research some American poets and their work or, better yet, if you are close to Washington DC, pay a visit to the American Poetry Museum.
Why not try your hand at writing a poem? You don't have to show it to anyone, but it can be a good way to let your feelings out.
Promote and support poetry by attending a poetry recital, or even hosting your own poetry slam, giving poets the opportunity to be heard!
National Puppy Day is an unofficial holiday that takes place every year on March 23. The purpose of this day is not only to celebrate puppies but to shed light on the cruelty that happens in puppy mills and encourage adoption from overcrowded shelters.
History of Puppy Day
This day was created in 2006 by animal expert and behaviorist, author Colleen Paige. She is also credited with being the inventor of many other pet-related holidays. Paige believed that there needed to be a day to bring awareness to the abusive practices taking place in puppy mills, and to the fact that there are many abandoned dogs in need of adoption and loving families.
Celebrating National Puppy Day
On March 23, some shelters will hold events where people can visit and spend time with the dogs, to encourage the adoption of those dogs who need a home.
You can also celebrate by volunteering at said shelters or raising awareness of the necessity of adoption. Those with dogs can commemorate by treating them to a special day.
National Cheesesteak Day on March 24 celebrates an American classic - the cheesesteak sandwich. Born in Philadelphia, the sandwich, which is also known as a Philly cheesesteak, is made with melted cheese over sliced pieces of beefsteak inside a long hoagie roll. A delicious and indulgent American delicacy, the cheesesteak has risen from its humble beginnings to cultural icon status, and many people are very passionate about their opinion of where you can get the best cheesesteak sandwich.
History of National Cheesesteak Day
Unfortunately, as it happens with many food holidays, the origins and founder of National Cheesesteak Day are unknown. It could have been created by a cheesesteak fanatic, or by a restaurant wanting to promote their cheesesteak offers, perhaps we will never know.
And similarly to its celebratory day, the origins of the cheesesteak sandwich are not unknown, but they are very much debated. It seems no one can agree just how this American classic was invented.
The most popular theory, supported by Philadelphia's tourism website, is that two hot dog vendors from Philly, Pat, and Harry Olivieri, created the cheesesteak in the 1930s. One day, Pat and Harry decided to make a sandwich using grilled sliced beef and onions (the original version did not have cheese), when a taxi driver stopped by their hot dog stand and asked to try it. The man suggested that Pat and Harry should stop selling hot dogs and start selling this steak sandwich. And they did! The steak sandwiches became so popular that Pat eventually opened Pat's King of Steaks, a restaurant that is still open today.
Soon, other restaurants picked up on this delicacy and began selling their own variations of the cheesesteak sandwich. A man named Joe "Cocky Joe" Lorenza, an employee of Pat's, is credited with being the first person to add provolone cheese to the cheesesteak sandwich.
You can now eat cheesesteak in family-owned businesses, street food trucks, fast food chains, and even high-end restaurants. It has really become a Philadelphian institution, so divisive that you can even rival cheesesteak restaurants in Philly, and most people in Philly have a very strong opinion of where you can find the best cheesesteak.
How to Celebrate National Cheesesteak Day
This seems like an obvious one. The only way to really pay tribute to this American classic is by eating a cheesesteak today.
Many restaurants offer National Cheesesteak Day deals on March 24, so you can enjoy this iconic sandwich at a discounted price (perhaps even go all out and eat two? It is a special day after all.) It's even better if you're lucky enough to live in Philadelphia, but even if you don't it is likely that some restaurants around you serve cheesesteaks.
Are you a cheesesteak aficionado? Then, if you have the opportunity, why not travel to where it all started? Visit Philadelphia and do a tour of all the cheesesteak restaurants to decide once and for all which one serves the best sandwich.
If you love cooking then roll up your sleeves and craft your own attempt at making a delicious cheesesteak sandwich. Invite some friends over and make a big occasion of National Cheesesteak Day.
Purple Day is celebrated internationally on March 26, to raise awareness about Epilepsy. Even though this neurological disease affects around 50 million people worldwide and 3.5 million in the United States, there is still a lot of misinformation and stigma surrounding it. Purple Day exists to dispel myths about the disorder and let those who suffer from epilepsy know that they are not alone, encouraging them to reach out to their community and advocate for better education on epilepsy, with the help of the many grassroots organizations dedicated to the cause.
History of Purple Day
Purple Day was founded in 2008 by Cassidy Megan, a nine-year-old from Nova Scotia, in Canada. Having been diagnosed with epilepsy, Cassidy began to understand the struggles of those who have to live with the neurological disorder, mainly the stigma that exists around it because of miseducation and lack of understanding. Her goal was to create a day that would raise awareness about epilepsy and give people and organizations a platform to educate the public, dispel the fear around it, and give those who suffer from epilepsy a support network.
Cassidy had the support of the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia, who helped her organize the first Purple Day for Epilepsy Campaign, on March 26, 2008. In 2009, the Anita Kauffmann Foundation and Epilepsy Association joined in the efforts to make Purple Day an international observance, and get politicians, celebrities, schools, organizations, and businesses to support the campaign.
Since Purple Day was first celebrated, thousands of schools and organizations, as well as hundreds of celebrities and politicians have hosted events in support of the campaign to educate the public on epilepsy and end the stigma around the disorder and those who have been diagnosed with it.
What is Epilepsy?
In a very simplified way, epilepsy is a neurological disorder that impacts the brain and the central nervous system, causing recurrent epileptic seizures, that can vary in length and severity. There are different causes and types of epilepsy, that result in varying degrees of seizures.
Epilepsy can affect anyone regardless of gender and age and is actually the fourth most common neurological disorder. It is also highly treatable, and 70% of those who live with epilepsy can be free from seizures just with the help of medication. For the 30% who have epilepsy that does not respond to medication, there are other effective treatments that control or even eliminate seizures.
Despite all this, there is still a lot of misinformation about epilepsy, and those who are diagnosed with it are often discriminated against because of this. However, people with epilepsy can still take control of their disorder with treatment, and live normal lives.
How to Observe Purple Day
On this day, people are encouraged to wear purple clothing to show their support to the cause. If you join in on the initiative to wear purple, don't forget to start conversations with friends and family to educate them on epilepsy and help in the efforts to end the stigma associated with it.
Want to help further? Volunteer at a fundraising event, or even host your own in your community. You can also donate to the research that is going into discovering a cure for epilepsy.
March 27 is National Joe Day, a fun and different unofficial holiday in honor of the Average Joes of America, and all the variants of the name Joe. So, if you're a Joe, a Joseph, a Joey, a Jody, a Jo, a Johanna, or a Josephine, this day is all about celebrating you! Make it extra special by enjoying a hot cup of Joe with your friends.
There is no information about when National Joe Day was invented, or who did it. But we can make a lucky guess that it was either someone named Joe, or someone who really wanted to show a special Joe in their life how much they appreciate them.
One thing is certain, Joe and all its variants are traditional, all-American names that have been consistently popular since the United States was founded. It is more than likely that every American knows someone named Joe, Jo, Joey, Joseph, Jodie, Jo-Ann, or that they are named that themselves. Joe is such a common, everyday name, that the expressions "Average Joe" and "Lucky Joe" have been invented decades ago, and are still used to this day to describe an average American, who is ordinary, but friendly and trustworthy.
At the same time, a lot of people associate the name Joe with their favorite hot drink: coffee. "A cup of Joe" became a popular expression in the 1940s to describe a cup of coffee, and there are a couple of theories why:
The first, and most common, is that it was named after Josephus Daniels, a secretary of the Navy who banned alcohol on ships and encouraged sailors to drink more coffee.
Or, some believe that the expression is associated with Joe as a "common man name" for coffee, which is a "common man drink".
Whether you are a Joe, have a Joe in your life whom you love, or just enjoy a warm cup of Joe, this is the ideal day for you to celebrate!
With it being such a popular American name, it is no wonder that so many beloved American famous people are named Joe. Here are a few of them:
Who is your favorite famous Joe? Send them a message of appreciation on National Joe Day.
How to Celebrate National Joe Day
Show appreciation for all the Joes and Jos of your life by calling them, inviting them out, or sharing a post to social media in their honor with the hashtag #NationalJoeDay.
Want to be celebrated today too? Change your name to Joe or Jo for the day, and bask in all the appreciation. It will be a fun activity to do with your friends, and it will get people talking about this unusual holiday.
Or, you can celebrate by going to get a cup of your favorite Joe!
National Vietnam War Veterans Day is a national observance, commemorated every year on March 29. It is a day to honor the military who served in the Vietnam War, many of who didn’t receive a proper welcome home. It is not a federal holiday, and businesses and schools are open as normal.
History of National Vietnam War Veterans Day
This day has been independently celebrated in a few states since 1973, on either March 29 or 30.
Officially, it was first observed as a one-time event by President Obama’s proclamation, on the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War on March 29, 2012. March 29 is the day chosen to celebrate National Vietnam War Veterans Day, as it was the day in 1973 when the last American Prisoners of War were safely returned to the United States, and when the American troops withdrew from the battle.
In 2016, the Vietnam Veterans Day Coalition of States Council petitioned with President Trump to establish March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. On March 28, 2017, President Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, officially marking March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day, as well as determining this is a day where the US flag should be specially flown.
How to celebrate National Vietnam War Veterans Day
On March 29 most US cities will have events to commemorate and honor Vietnam War Veterans, such as speeches, ceremonies and luncheons.
Many businesses and people fly the American flag outside. It is a day to thank Veterans for their service, and many buy the Veterans meals and listen to their war stories.
The biggest ceremony takes place in the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial in Washington D.C., where many come to lay wreaths and pay their respect.
National Doctors’ Day is a national holiday observed every year on March 30. It is a day to show doctors how much they are appreciated for all the work that they do to guarantee the health not only of individuals but also of the communities they work in.
History of Doctors’ Day
This day’s origins can be traced back to 1933, when in Winder, Georgia, Eudora Brown Almond, the wife of a physician, thought there should be a day to recognize all the work that Doctors do for their patients.
On this first observance, Eudora sent cards to several Doctors and placed red carnations on the graves of deceased physicians who had been prominent in the community.
Eudora chose March 30 to celebrate this day, as, on March 30, 1842, Dr. Crawford W. Long successfully performed the first anesthetic procedure before a surgery.
A resolution to make this an official celebration was introduced at a meeting for the Southern Medical Alliance in 1935, and this holiday has been associated with the organization since.
It was only in 1990 that president George Bush passed a law that officially made March 30, National Doctors’ Day, a national holiday.
How to celebrate your Doctor
National Doctors’ Day is a great day to schedule a check-up and personally thank your Doctor for keeping you healthy. You can give them a greeting card or the traditional red carnation, a symbol of this holiday.
Has your computer ever crashed when you were working on something important, causing you to lose all of your important documents? Has your phone ever stopped working, leaving you without all your precious photos and videos? Well, World Backup Day on March 31st is here to remind you how important it is to regularly back up all of your files and documents in order to keep them safe. Even though technology has become more reliable, phones, computers, and hard-drives are still not foolproof, and in a few seconds, you can lose all your data beyond recovery. On March 31st, stop procrastinating and sit down with all your devices to backup your files and photos. It is now easier and quicker to do than ever!
History of World Backup Day
World Backup Day was started in 2011, by digital consultant Ismail Jadun. Jadun saw a post on Reddit, where a user wrote about losing their hard drive and wishing someone had reminded them about how important it is to backup your data.
Jadun thought it would be a good idea to have a global day to remind everyone to sit down and back up all the files and documents they don't want to lose. He chose March 31st as the date to observe World Backup Day because it is the day before April Fool's, and only a fool would forget to backup their data. At the same time, April Fool's is a day of pranks, and losing all of your files can sometimes feel like the universe is playing a prank on you. So, you can avoid that by backing up all your devices on World Backup Day!
The day quickly spread amongst internet users and many social media platforms, as Jadun encourages all participants to take a pledge on March 31st and share it with their followers every year. The pledge goes "I solemnly swear to backup my important documents and precious memories on World Backup Day, March 31st."
Backing up your data is extremely important for safety reasons too. Data that is not backed up and protected is more at risk of being hacked or stolen by viruses.
How to Backup Your Files and Documents
Luckily, with technological advancements, backing up your data couldn't be easier nowadays. Most devices offer ways to backup and protect your files at the tip of your finger. Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung, and other companies have their own backup services, such as the iCloud or Google Drive, or Window's Backup and Restore. Usually, all you have to do is access your devices' settings, and find the option to backup all of your data. And voila! In a few minutes, all of your precious information is safe and sound.
World Backup Day raises awareness about just how much data is lost every year due to the 60 million computers that crash annually, or the 200,000 smartphones that are lost or stolen, among many other factors that put our files at risk. The advice is to always have three copies of the data you want to keep safe: two on physical storage (such as a phone, computer, USB flash drive, or hard-drive) and one in the Cloud.
César Chavez day is an American federal commemorative holiday observed every year on March 31. It celebrates the birthday and work of civil rights and labor movement leader César Chávez. It is a state holiday in 10 states, such as California, Arizona and Colorado, where schools and state offices are closed, and people get the day off work. Check locally to see if this applies to you.
History of César Chávez Day
The birthday of César Chávez has been commemorated in the state of Nevada since 2003, and in 2009 a state law was passed proclaiming that the state’s governor has to make an annual declaration marking March 31 as César Chávez day.
In 2008, then Senator Barack Obama presented the idea of declaring March 31 a federal holiday in honor of the civil rights activist. This was picked up and supported by several Grassroot Organizations.
It was not until March 28, 2014, that now President Barack Obama officially proclaimed March 31st as César Chávez Day and a federal commemorative holiday.
Who was César Chávez?
Born in Arizona in 1927, Chávez was a Mexican-American migrant farmworker from the age of 10. After losing their property during the Great Depression, his family had to travel around the country farming and picking fruit and vegetables at measly wages to survive.
It was this proximity to the hardships of migrant workers and having experienced the unfair treatment, low wages and poor working conditions himself that made him want to fight for better conditions.
Trying to escape the migrant farmer life, he joined the U.S Navy at the age of 17, but regretted it and left two years later to go back to working in the fields, until 1952 when he became a labor organizer.
It was in this year that he became a civil rights advocate, by joining the Community Service Organization and being an active member of it.
In 1962 he co-founded the National Farm Workers Association with Dolores Huerta Chávez, where he unionized farmworkers, fought for their better pay and safer working conditions. The NFWA quickly became the first successful farmers union in America.
In 1965, the NFWA joined forces with the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee, by organizing the first strike against grape growers. The strike lasted for five years and successfully ended with the grape growers offering the workers proper contracts and pay.
One year later, these two associations were merged, and in 1972 officially became the United Farm Workers, of which Chávez was president until his death in 1993.
César Chávez became notorious for the nonviolent ways in which he protested and fought for the values he believed in. He stood for the farmworkers’ rights by leading marches, boycotts and hunger strikes, and he did the same against racial discrimination towards Chicanos.
After his death, 50 000 people attended his funeral, and he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton.
How to celebrate César Chávez Day?
This day became a commemoration to promote and encourage people to serve their communities.
This is why community and civil rights leaders take this day to give speeches about the legacy and values of César Chávez, and how his work and struggles positively impacted society.
This is also a day to bring the public’s attention to issues regarding worker’s rights, such as the need for proper medical coverage and fair wages.
Opening Day marks the beginning of the season for Major League Baseball, one of the most important days of the year for all fans of the sport that is known as America's National Pastime. The season opener usually takes place on the first week of April, but it has sometimes fallen in the last week of March. In 2020, because of COVID-19, Opening Day had to be postponed to July 23 and 24.
History of Opening Day
It was on April 22, 1876, that the Cincinnati Reds (the first American all-professional baseball team) threw the first-ever pitch of Major League Baseball, earning them the honor and privilege of "opening the Openers", and hosting Opening Day. An honor which they carried out from 1876 until 1989. Opening Day is an occasion of great pageantry in Cincinnati, where it is recognized as a city holiday, and fans of all ages attend the Findlay Market Parade to show their support for the Reds.
Opening Day has also historically presented an opportunity for United States Presidents to show what they are made of. William Howard Taft was the first President to throw the ceremonial first pitch, on April 14, 1910, and since then, 11 Presidents have followed suit.
The season opener of Major League Baseball is also a matter of pride and display of one of the most important parts of American culture. A truly national event, thousands of baseball fans see Opening Day as an unofficial holiday, with many taking the day off work or school to watch their team's home opener, which usually happens in the afternoon.
Traditionally, Opening Day should happen on a Monday. However, in some seasons, it has been scheduled on a Thursday or Friday to avoid the World Series extending into November. In 2018, Opening Day took place on March 29, making it the earliest start for all United States' teams in MLB history.
Most baseball fans begin anxiously counting down the days until the next Opening Day once the World Series is over.
How to Celebrate Opening Day
Celebrate Opening Day by joining in on the enthusiasm with millions of other baseball fans.
If you can, go experience the full enthusiasm and adrenaline of opening day by watching the game live at the ballpark. There is nothing like being in the middle of the action, together with thousands of people who are there to enjoy the beauty of America's favorite pastime!
Can't go to a stadium? There is sure to be a sports bar near you broadcasting the game on opening day. You can still enjoy the camaraderie with other baseball fans, and as a bonus, you get to eat some delicious chicken wings or onion rings while supporting your favorite team. If sports bars aren't your thing, invite family and friends over to your house to watch the game and have a barbecue.
Whatever you do, Major League Baseball encourages all baseball fans to wear their team's hat on Opening Day and show their support
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