March Holidays

Avatar for weberdns0
iVillage Member
Registered: 08-25-2000
March Holidays
Wed, 03-02-2011 - 4:34pm

March 1st is...

March.jpgSalem Witch Hysteria Begins
- The Massachusetts Bay Colony village of Salem had experienced a strange February in which several teenaged girls exhibited bizarre behavior and attributed their ailments to witches. Three women were then arrested on Feb 29, 1692. One of the accused, Tituba, a West Indian slave, broke down under questioning on Mar 1 and admitted to being a witch.

National Peanut Butter Lover's Day
- not just about the love of peanut butter but it's all about the people who love peanut butter too! If your an American you most likely love peanut butter because you most likely grew up eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as a kid. So for this holiday find as many recipes as you can that uses peanut butter and enjoy each and every peanut butter bite.

National Pig Day
recognizes and gives thanks to domesticated pigs. For some unknown reason, big, pot-bellied pigs seen in zoos, are often the symbol of the day. Pigs are clever and intelligent animals. But, most people are unaware of this high level of intelligence. They can be taught to do tricks. Some people even keep them as pets. Today is a day to give pigs the respect that they deserve.

Iceland: Beer Day
- This event began on Mar 1, 1989, when a 75-year prohibition of beer was lifted. Features celebrations in pubs and restaurants all over Reykjavik.

Go Bowling Day
- The Egyptians were rolling a ball to knock down targets more than 7,000 years old, but modern day bowling is a very American sport. The Dutch in New Amsterdam (New York) were bowling at ninepins in 1650. Their alley was a long plank only about a foot wide, so... lots of gutter balls.

Share a Smile Day
- "No one needs a smile as much as a person who fails to give one."
"Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing." Mother Teresa
Go smile at a stranger today!

Plan a Solo Vacation Day
- Traveling alone is a great way to explore a new city or town, take in some new sights and enjoy some new experiences. However, planning a solo vacation does require a little more work than a group or couples trip. Look beyond the regular scope of activities for options that really resonate with you and will help you make the most of your trip.

K-Mart's Birthday
- Under the leadership of executive Harry B. Cunningham, S.S. Kresge Corp. opened the first Kmart store on March 1, 1962, in Garden City, Michigan, just a few months before the first Wal-Mart opened. This store is still in operation to this day. A total of eighteen Kmart stores opened that year. Kmart Foods, a now defunct chain of Kmart supermarkets, opened in that same decade.

Town Meeting Day
- The first Tuesday in March is an official state holiday in Vermont. Nearly every town elects officers, approves budget items and deals with a multitude of other items in a daylong public meeting of the voters.

Refired, Not Retired Day
- Are you thinking about retiring, maybe in the next five years? Or, have you already retired? Are you a baby boomer or close to being one? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you definitely need to make yourself part of the 'ReFIRED', not retired, generation. What's more, you're a charter member of the "ReFIRED" generation.

Peace Corp Birthday
- President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order officially establishing the Peace Corps on this date in 1961. The Peace Corps has sent more than 170,000 volunteers to 136 countries to help people help themselves. The volunteers assist in projects such as health, education, water sanitation, agriculture, nutrition and forestry.

Asiatic Fleet Memorial Day
- The United States Navy's presence in the Far East dates to 1822. The Asiatic Fleet was formed in 1902, reestablished in 1910, and continued to serve into 1942. Through years of unrest and disturbance, the Fleet protected American lives and interests along the China coast and the Yangtze River, bearing responsibilities that were as much diplomatic as Naval. The Fleet also assisted civilian areas devastated by the forces of nature and by internal warfare.

National Horse Protection Day
- A day to raise awareness through public education about the plight of horses in America—the abuse, neglect, homelessness and slaughter. This day also encourages adoption events around the nation to help unwanted horses find a forever home.

Lindbergh Kidnapping
- Twenty-month-old Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr, the son of Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, was kidnapped from their home at Hopewell, NJ. Even though the Lindberghs paid a $50,000 ransom, their child’s body was found in a wooded area less than five miles from the family home on May 12, 1932. Bruno Richard Hauptmann was charged with the murder and kidnapping. He was executed in the electric chair Apr 3, 1936. As a result of the kidnapping and murder, the Crime Control Act was passed on May 18, 1934, authorizing the death penalty for kidnappers who take their victims across state lines.


Avatar for weberdns0
iVillage Member
Registered: 08-25-2000
Wed, 03-02-2011 - 4:36pm

March 2nd is...

March.jpgCat in the Hat Day
- a day where you just want to snuggle up and read a good book or watch an old movie, drinking a cup of hot tea and having a bowl of soup for lunch. It’s a day to just be, not concerning yourself with fixing anything, a day without concern. I love days like that, lazy days, days where the mind can take a rest.

Old Stuff Day
- Today is not a day to do the same old stuff. Rather, it's a time to recognize the boring nature of your daily routine, and make some exciting changes. Find new and different activities, projects, and hobbies. Attend an event. Do something, anything, different. You will be glad that you did!

National Banana Cream Pie Day
- Banana cream pie is a rich dessert that is perfect for any occasion. Its custard filling is made from eggs, milk, cream, and flour. Another thing to love about banana cream pies is their graham cracker or pastry dough crust. In a 1951 survey conducted by the United States armed services, banana cream pie was ranked the soldier's favorite dessert!

Silly Putty Birthday
- The venerable goo is a company dream come true. With little advertising, manufacturer Binney & Smith has churned out more than 300 million units - roughly the equivalent of 4,500 tons of the stretchy stuff which would be enough to build a life-size replica of the Goodyear Blimp.

Highway Numbers Introduced
- A joint board of state and federal highway officials created the first system of interstate highway numbering in the US in 1925. Standardized road signs identifying the routes were also introduced. Later the system would be improved with the use of odd and even numbers that distinguish between north-south and east-west routes, respectively.

Dr. Seuss's Birthday
- Theodor Seuss Geisel, creator of The Cat in the Hat and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, was born at Springfield, MA. Known to children and parents as Dr. Seuss, his books have sold more than 200 million copies and have been translated into 20 languages. His career began with And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, which was turned down by 27 publishing houses before being published by Vanguard Press.

NEA's Read Across America Day
- a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too!

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-06-2002
Thu, 03-03-2011 - 6:37am

Share a Smile Day - can easily do this!

Plan a Solo Vacation Day - done this quite a lot in the past to various

Avatar for weberdns0
iVillage Member
Registered: 08-25-2000
Sat, 03-05-2011 - 2:03pm

March 3rd is....

March.jpgWhat if Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs? Day
- We are grateful today that the infinite wisdom of the universe has not allowed cats and dogs to have thumbs. Imagine the cat, able to operate the can opener! Imagine the dog, able to open the refrigerator door!

National Mulled Wine Day
- Ideally, it would be a day when children still have to go to school but grown-ups can stay home and enjoy mulled wine. Share a mug of the warm spicy stuff with a friend or loved one this evening. It just makes you feel good - too much might have the opposite effect, though.

33 Flavors Day - Baskin Robins Birthday
- The Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlors started as separate ventures from Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins, owning Burt's Ice Cream Shop and Snowbird Ice Cream respectively. Snowbird Ice Cream featured 21 flavors, a novel concept for the time. When the separate companies merged in 1953, this concept grew to 31 flavors. The first store that adopted the new 31 look was 804 North Glendale Ave. in Glendale, California in March of 1953.

Alexander Graham Bell's Birthday
- Inventor of the telephone, born at Edinburgh, Scotland in 1847, Bell acquired his interest in the transmission of sound from his father, Melville Bell, a teacher of the deaf. Bell’s use of visual devices to teach articulation to the deaf contributed to the theory from which he derived the principle of the vibrating membrane used in the telephone. On Mar 10, 1876, Bell spoke the first electrically transmitted sentence to his assistant in the next room: “Mr Watson, come here, I want you.”

World Book Day
- World Book Day is the biggest annual celebration of books and reading in the UK and Ireland. (Most other countries hold World Book Day on Apr 23.) A main aim of this day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

Peach Blossom Day
- a day to celebrate peach blossoms, and for girls to celebrate being girls. The roots of Peach Blossom Day trace directly back to Japan. A Doll Festival is held in Japan every year on March 3rd. This is also when peach trees bloom in Japan. Simply said, it's an opportunity for girls to celebrate being girls.

National Anthem Day
- Many people think the Star Spangled Banner was written during the Revolutionary War. It was actually written during the war of 1812 (1812-1814). The Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the United States of America. It was written by Francis Scott Key. National Anthem Day celebrates this song, and the rich history behind its creation. The song officially became the US national anthem on March 3, 1931.

I Want You To Be Happy Day
- A day dedicated to reminding people to be thoughtful of others by showing love and concern, even if things are not going well for them. Celebrate today by doing more than wishing someone is happy. Do something to make others happy. It can start with an ecard that will put a smile on someone's face. Other ideas include a phone call, making positive compliments, or cooking a special meal. Be creative. There are endless ways to make others happy.

International Sister Cities Day
- Sister city partnerships have the potential to carry out the widest possible diversity of activities of any international program, including every type of municipal, business, professional, educational and cultural exchange or project. Sister city programs are also unique in that they inherently involve the three main sectors in a community: local government, businesses, and a wide variety of citizen volunteers (and civil society or non-profit organizations).

Avatar for weberdns0
iVillage Member
Registered: 08-25-2000
Sat, 03-05-2011 - 2:05pm

March 5th is...

March.jpgNational Cheese Doodle Day
- Cheese doodles were originally manufactured by the Yohai family at King Kone Corporation in the Bronx. During the 1960's, the company was acquired by Wise Foods, Inc. and became part of their potato chip division. Today, cheese doodles are one of Wise's strongest brands. Did you know that there are over 15 million pounds of cheese doodles produced each year?

Saint Piran's Day
- Celebration in honor of St. Piran, patron saint of Cornwall and Cornish peoples. Held to help preserve history and culture of the Cornish (Celtic).

8 hour day (Australia's Labor Day)
- Celebrating the Australian labour movement, the Labour Day public holiday is fixed by the various state and territory governments, and so varies considerably. In both Victoria and Tasmania, it is the second Monday in March (though the latter calls it Eight Hours Day). In Western Australia, Labour Day is the first Monday in March.

Dr. Doolittle Day
- Doctor John Dolittle is the central character of a series of children's books by Hugh Lofting. He is a doctor who shuns human patients in favour of animals, with whom he can speak in their own languages. He later becomes a naturalist, using his abilities to speak with animals to better understand nature and the history of the world. Doctor Dolittle first saw light in the author's illustrated letters to children, written from the trenches during World War I when actual news, he later said, was either too horrible or too dull.

Healing From the Inside Out Day
- an approach that draws on ancient wisdom, scientific studies and the direct experiences of many individuals who grew to realize that our suffering was in fact an opportunity, a wake up call, prompting us to reexamine and ultimately to redo our lives.

Multiple Personality Day
- Don't be surprised to find yourself surrounded by people who are talking to themselves today. You might find yourself talking to yourself, too! When you wish someone "Happy Multiple Personalty Day", you may need to do so multiple times, once for each personality.

Potty Dance Day
- Join thousands of potty training families across the country on Potty Dance Day! Learn how to do the Potty Dance from a Ralph’s World concert at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis streamed live on Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm EST!

Avatar for weberdns0
iVillage Member
Registered: 08-25-2000
Sun, 03-06-2011 - 5:40pm

March 6th is...

March.jpgToronto's Birthday
- The City of Toronto was incorporated on March 6 1834, following a significant increase in demand for public services in the former municipality of York. Toronto is now Canada’s largest city and home to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.

Alamo Day
- Anniversary of the fall of the Texan fort in 1836, the Alamo. The siege, led by Mexican general Santa Anna, began Feb 23 and reached its climax Mar 6, when the last of the defenders was slain. Texans, under General Sam Houston, rallied with the war cry “Remember the Alamo” and, at the Battle of San Jacinto, Apr 21, defeated and captured Santa Anna, who signed a treaty recognizing Texas’s independence. Read more

Oreo Cookies Day
- n 1912, Nabisco had a new idea for a cookie - two chocolate disks with a creme filling in between. The first Oreo cookie looked very similar to the Oreo cookie of today, with only a slight difference in the design on the chocolate disks.

Stop Bad Service Day
- If we all complained when we get bad service, perhaps companies would better train their employees to give good service. Also be sure to give compliments for good service.

Michalangelo's Birthday
- Anniversary of the birth, at Caprese, Italy, of Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, a prolific Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect and poet who had a profound impact on Western art. Michelangelo’s fresco painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican at Rome, Italy, is often considered the pinnacle of his achievement in painting, as well as the highest achievement of the Renaissance. Also among his works were the sculptures David and The Pieta. Read more

National Frozen Food Day
- celebrates all those yummy foods and snacks in your freezer. Sure, the invention of the freezer made this day possible. But, the methods and techniques of preparing and freezing foods is what makes frozen foods taste great, look great and store in a frozen state until you need them. Imagine how your busy life would be if you didn't have a frozen dinner to pop into the microwave in between a late day at work and your evening event. You'd have to stop and make a dinner from scratch!

Dentist's Day
- a day to display a big, toothy smile. After all, your Dentist plays a role in that big, bright smile. He's an important person in keeping your smile bright, and your teeth and mouth healthy.

Namesake Day
- A day to think about where you got your name. Start off by pondering your name. Have you ever wondered why you have the name you do? Were you named after someone? Explore the birth of your given name(s). Take time to discover whether you have a name twin. You may even be inspired to reach out to a namesake.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-12-2007
Mon, 03-07-2011 - 12:50pm
Do we have to celebrate Dentists? I konw they do good stuff for us, but I really don't like going to the dentist!!! :0)
iVillage Member
Registered: 06-06-2002
Tue, 03-08-2011 - 6:59am

Interestingly DD and DH got letters asking them to go for a dental appointment yesterday!

Today it's Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) here so happy pancake day!

Avatar for weberdns0
iVillage Member
Registered: 08-25-2000
Tue, 03-08-2011 - 9:48am

Happy Pancake Day Moss!!

Avatar for weberdns0
iVillage Member
Registered: 08-25-2000
Tue, 03-08-2011 - 9:49am

March 7th is...

March.jpgShrove Monday
- sometimes known as Collop Monday, Rose Monday, Merry Monday or Hall Monday, is the Monday before Ash Wednesday. Part of the English traditional Shrovetide celebrations of the week before Lent, the Monday precedes Shrove Tuesday. As the Monday before Ash Wednesday, it is part of diverse Carnival celebrations which take place in many parts of the Christian world, from Greece, to Germany, to the Mardi Gras and Carnival of the Americas.

National Crown Roast of Pork Day
- a special day to cook and eat pork. To participate in this day it must be crown roast pork. Any other just will not do. The first mention of the recipe was in “The Market Basket” which was part of “The Southeast Missourian” newspaper on November 4, 1932. In the article, “Sister Mary’s Kitchen” says the crown roast of pork has a festive appearance. It also explains how to carve the crown.

Unique Names Day
- First there was Chastity, Moon Unit, Zowie Bowie and Elijah Blue. Now we’ve got Suri, Shiloh Nouvel, Apple, Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline! And what about Nick’s kid Kal-el? However you feel about them, it looks like unique names are here to stay. Today’s the day to thank your parents for scarring you for life giving you that unusual identity.

Telephone Patented
- Alexander Graham Bell of Scotland is commonly credited as the inventor of the first practical telephone. Bell was the first to obtain a patent, in 1876, for an "apparatus for transmitting vocal or other sounds telegraphically", after experimenting with many primitive sound transmitters and receivers.

U.S. Snowshoe Day
- Snowshoes are fun because they allow you to hike in the winter. By staying above the snow, you can go just about anywhere you can normally hike in the summer. The advantage of snowshoeing is that you get to “float” down the mountain when you are ready to descend, especially if there is fresh powder. Or you can strap a snowboard to your pack and really get down fast!

National Be Heard Day
- There are more than 145 million small businesses in the US, but often, small business owners are less likely to get the media coverage they deserve. Today celebrates and empowers business owners and entrepreneurs who can find their voices, tell their stories and be heard through publicity efforts. Read more

World Day of Prayer
- a worldwide movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year, and who, in many countries, have a continuing relationship in prayer and service.

Fun Facts About Names Day
- Celebrate names today by looking up interesting tidbits about names. Does the doll we call “Barbie” have a last name? Does the dog game piece from Monopoly have a name? What was the name of the White House before it was renamed the White House? Surprise, entertain and enlighten others by sharing what you find.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-12-2007
Tue, 03-08-2011 - 12:26pm
A pork roast sound yummy right now. Can you tell I got up late and didn't have breakfast!! :0) I have a good reason for getting up late. Monday nights are volleyball night and I took a very hard drive and fast spike to the face last night. I thankfully don't have a black eye and my nose isn't broken, but I'm still feeling the sting. My eye is only swollen a little. Maybe it will be gone by tomorrow. I play on a co-ed team, and sometimes those guys are too good for me!!!! :0)

I never got the chance to participate in a Day of Prayer event. At least where a lot of people gather. I know we can participate on our own, but it would be interesting to be at an event!!