March Holidays

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
March Holidays
Tue, 03-01-2011 - 9:59am

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.


Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 03-14-2011 - 10:36am

March 14th is...

National Potato Chip Day
- It is hard to believe that the world's most famous snack food began as a joke. Potato Chips were first made in 1853 while Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt was on vacation in New York. At one restaurant, he kept sending his fried potatoes back to the kitchen because he said they were "too thick". The chef, George Crum, decided that he would cut them into paper-thin slices, boil them in oil, fry them, and salt them as a joke to the Commodore. It backfired. They became an instant success and the restaurant was well known for them.

Learn about Butterflies Day
- celebrate by learning a little more about the wide range of butterflies. Buy a Butterfly identification book, so you will know what butterflies inhabit your yard. Learn how to attract them to your yard, by planting flowers that they like. If it is still too early, plant them inside for now.

Save a Spider Day
- Spiders are quite helpful, but despite that fact these little eight legged creatures inspire fear in many. Save a Spider Day is the perfect time for parents and teachers to introduce children to these little wonders who consume countless crop-destroying, disease-carrying insects annually.

Casey Jones' Birthday
- an American railroad engineer from Jackson, Tennessee, who worked for the Illinois Central Railroad (IC). On April 30, 1900, he alone was killed when his passenger train, the "Cannonball Express," collided with a stalled freight train at Vaughan, Mississippi, on a foggy and rainy night. His dramatic death, trying to stop his train and save lives, made him a hero; he was immortalized in a popular ballad sung by his friend Wallace Saunders, an African American engine wiper for the IC.

National Children's Craft Day
- The 14th of each National Craft Month is designated as National Children’s Craft Day, which is an excellent opportunity for families to help develop their children’s self-esteem and learning skills through arts and crafts. With hobbyist and craft organizations holding events all month long, there are many valuable opportunities to bring families and community closer.

Albert Einstein's Birthday
- Albert Einstein, the discoverer of the Theory of Relativity, was born at Ulm, in Württemberg, Germany, on March 14, 1879. Einstein always appeared to have a clear view of the problems of physics and the determination to solve them. He had a strategy of his own and was able to visualize the main stages on the way to his goal. He regarded his major achievements as mere stepping-stones for the next advance.

Celebrate Scientists Day
- On the birthday of Albert Einstein, we honor all scientists.

International Ask A Question Day
- Almost everyone has heard, "There are no stupid questions, only stupid answers," well today is the day that you can ask as many questions as you want. Answer every question today with a question.

- A day set aside to honor moth collectors and specialists. Celebrated in museums or libraries with moth collections. Read more

Pi (3.14159265...) Day
- Founded at the Exploratorium by our own Prince of Pi, physicist Larry Shaw, Pi Day has become an international holiday, celebrated live and online all around the world. The ancient Babylonians calculated the area of a circle by taking 3 times the square of its radius, which gave a value of pi = 3. One Babylonian tablet (ca. 1900–1680 BC) indicates a value of 3.125 for pi, which is a closer approximation.

Napping Day
- founded by Boston University professor William Anthony and his wife Camille in 1999. Napping Day is an unofficial holiday set aside to help people adjust to Daylight Saving Time and to promote health and productivity benefits of napping. After losing an hour of sleep by "springing forward," people are more sleep-deprived and find it easier to nap.


Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Tue, 03-15-2011 - 10:29am

March 15th is...

March.jpgIdes of March
- On this day in history, Julius Caesar was warned by soothsayers to "beware of the Ides of March". Apparently, he did not heed the warning strongly enough as he was stabbed by Marcus Brutus on the Ides of March in 44 BC.

National Pears Helene Day
- Between the delectable aroma and juicy taste, the only thing better than eating a pear is eating Pears Helene. Pears Helene is a delicious French dessert made with sliced pairs and various toppings such as cinnamon sugar, chocolate sauce, vanilla syrup, and ice cream.

Brutus Day
- Marcus Junius Brutus, a leading conspirator in the assassination of Julius Caesar, commits suicide after his defeat at the second battle of Philippi. Two years before, Brutus had joined Gaius Cassius Longinus in the plot against the Roman dictator Julius Caesar, believing he was striking a blow for the restoration of the Roman Republic.

True Confession Day
- Confessing is good for the soul. It can calm the mind and help heal the pain. So really get those tongues wagging at work today by telling all. No holding back. And if you are alone? There's always the mirror.

Companies That Care Day
- an annual national event that encourages employers to highlight and expand their employee and community initiatives, and recognize the people who make their companies successful.

Everything You Think is Wrong Day
- YOU ARE WRONG! Everything you think is wrong. Dead wrong. Your feelings and guts are golden, but those thoughts you’re thinking right now? WRONG! Wrong. wrong. It’s so good to be wrong. Celebrate the splendid liberation from having to be right! You’re wrong, scientists are wrong, and I’m wrong too.

Dumbstruck Day
- a day to be totally dumbstruck over the things you see, hear and read. You may easily be dumbstruck to read that someone created this special day. Some people are dumbstruck on a regular basis, day in and day out. The events in their lives and the world around them are overwhelming. Fortunately, that's not you (we hope).

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day
- Campfire USA created this day as a day to show kids they are loved and cared for. Among other things, they suggest you write a letter to your kid today.

World Consumer Rights Day
- Consumers International (CI) has called upon the international community to ensure that safe water and proper sanitation reaches all of the world's six billion consumers. 'Water is a consumer right' is the theme of the World Consumer Rights Day 2004, celebrated on 15 March.

Buzzard's Day
- The turkey vultures return to Hinkley, Ohio every March 15. Because of the popularity of these turkey vultures returning has become so wide-spread, creating a lot of tourists who come to watch them, Buzzard Day is observed and March 15th is said to be its official day.


Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Wed, 03-16-2011 - 11:10am

March 16th is...

March.jpgEverything You Do Is Right Day
- Today just might be a perfect day. Life is filled with ups and downs. Some days are good. Some days are bad. Most often, there's both good and bad in any given day. You take life's ups and downs with a grain of salt. Every once in a while, a day comes along where everything you do goes well.....the perfect day!

National Artichoke Hearts Day
- It is believed that artichokes originated in the northern region of Africa called Maghreb, where they are still found today in their wild state. The Dutch introduced artichokes to England during the 16th century. They became extremely popular and King Henry VIII was known for growing them in his garden at Newhall. It was not until the 19th century, however, that artichokes first arrived in America, brought over by French immigrants to Louisiana.

St. Urho's Day
- The St. Urho's day ceremony begins at sunrise. Women and children go down to the lakeshore and chant "Heinasirkka, heinasirrkka, meine taatta hiiteen" just like St. Urho did thousands of years before or "Grasshopper, Grasshopper getta outta here" if you don't speak Finnish. The men dress in green and gather at the top of the hill and then start a procession down to the lake kicking and waving pitchforks to scare off the imaginary grasshoppers.

Doctor-Patient Trust Day
- Trust isn’t just a warm and fuzzy feeling – it can result in serious health benefits. Patients who trust their doctor are more likely to take their medication, more likely to go in for follow-up care, and more likely to have their health needs met.

Vitamin C Discovered
- The water-soluble vitamin C is probably the most well-known vitamin. Even before its discovery in 1932, physicians recognized that there must be a compound in citrus fruits preventing scurvy, a disease that killed as many as two million sailors between 1500 and 1800. Later researchers discovered that man, other primates and the guinea pig depend on external sources to cover their vitamin C requirements. Most other animals are able to synthesize vitamin C from glucose and galactose in their bodies.

Well-Elderly or Wellderly Day
- celebrates and recognizes senior citizens who don't act their age. Wellderly is a term used by U.S. gerontology scholar Harry Moody to describe those who remain healthy and wealthy in old age.

Lips Appreciation Day
- Whether big, small, thick or thin, lips are one of the first things we notice on a person's face. Fads come and go, and right now, big lips are “in.” But whether your lips have had a bit of “help” or are completely au natural, there is a special day set aside each year that celebrates lips of all shapes and sizes and reminds us to appreciate what we have.

Curlew Day
- Traditional arrival date for the long-billed curlew at the Umatilla (Oregon) National Wildlife Refuge. More than 500 of the long-billed curlews have been reported at this location during their nesting season.
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Black Press Day
- Anniversary of the founding of the first black newspaper in the US in 1827, Freedom’s Journal, on Varick Street at New York, NY.

Freedom of Information Day
- celebrates and recognizes a valuable concept in American rights. Today is the birth date of James Madison, the 4th president of the United States of America. James Madison is recognized as the "Father of the Constitution", and the chief author of the "Bill of Rights". Freedom of information and individual rights were very important to James Madison.

Goddard Day
- The first liquid propelled rocket flight was performed by Goddard on March 16, 1926, in Auburn, Massachusetts. In 1965, March 16 was declared National Goddard Day to commemorate this event.


Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Thu, 03-17-2011 - 10:49am

March 17th is...

March.jpgSt. Patrick's Day
- in honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland, who brought Christianity to the Emerald Isles, as Ireland is known. It is truly a day of celebrating Irish history, ancestry, traditions and customs.
Did You Know? Over 34 million Americans are of Irish descent. That's almost nine times the population of Ireland!

National Green Beer Day
- Green Beer Day is a holiday celebrated by students at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. It is often thought to be the best event that takes place during the school year. The holiday is thought to have begun in the early 1950s when the United States was experiencing grain shortages after World War II - A 1952 Miami University Student newspaper article says that students would not be imbibing dark green-colored beer due to the lack of grain available to breweries for beer production.

Submarine Day
- Celebrate by watching movies featuring submarines. Or, read a book about submarines. If you live near a naval museum, take a drive to see a submarine today, and if allowed, go aboard. If you work at a deli, celebrate with a hero submarine of your choice. If you own the deli, give us a deal and run a Submarine Day special!

Boys and Girls Campfire Founded
- founded on March 17, 1910, in Thetford, Vermont, by Luther Gulick M.D. and his wife Charlotte Vedder Gulick. Camp Fire Girls, as it was known at the time, was created as the sister organization to the Boy Scouts of America. The organization changed its name in 1975 to Camp Fire Boys and Girls when membership eligibility was expanded to include boys.

Rubber Band Invented
- In 1845, Stephen Perry, of the rubber manufacturing company Messers Perry and Co., invented the rubber band to hold papers or envelopes together. On March 17, 1845, Perry patented the rubber band. These first rubber bands were made of vulcanized rubber.

Ta'Ant Esther
- The Fast of Esther (ta'anit Ester) remembers God's deliverance of the Jewish people from the evil scheming of Haman (said to be a descendant of the Amalekites) during the reign of the Persian King Xerxes (Ahasuerus in Hebrew) as described in the Biblical book of Esther. Xerxes became king of the great Medo-Persia empire at the death of his father Darius the Great in 485 BCE.


Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Fri, 03-18-2011 - 10:34am

March 18th is...

March.jpgInternational Bus Driver Appreciation Day
- Whether you only commute by bus, or run all your everyday errands on transit, show your appreciation through any way you can (try to keep it in moderation; drivers are more inclined to accept sealed food containers than a cookie produced out of your pocket). Even though it may be “Bus” Driver Appreciation Day, it certainly doesn’t hurt to say a quick thanks to train or streetcar operators if you manage to catch of glimpse of them (as long as you’re not disrupting them in the cab).

National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day
- Lace oatmeal cookies are thinner and crisper than their traditional counterparts. Although they're considered a Southern delicacy, feel free to whip up a batch in the name of country unity. It is a national holiday, after all.

Sun-Earth Day
- a celebration established in 2000 by NASA and ESA. The purpose of the holiday is to popularize the knowledge about the Sun, and the way it influences life on the Earth.

Forgive Mom & Dad Day
- If you aren't quite ready to forgive, write a letter to your parents, either addressing both mom and dad together or separately, and say all the things you might not be able to say to them directly. You don’t have to send the letter, or hit send if you’re drafting an email, but sit with it a while.

Awkward Moments Day
- that brief moment in time when we feel inept, embarrassed, unsure, or uneasy. They are those brief seconds which seem like minutes and those minutes which seem like hours. It is the time we lose some of our lofty self image. It is that humbling period of time when confidence is replaced by uncertainty and the arrogant become mere mortals again

First Walk in Space
- Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov is a retired Soviet/Russian cosmonaut and Air Force General who, on 18 March 1965, became the first human to conduct a space walk.

National Preschool Teachers Appreciation Day
- Preschool kids can draw a picture of their preschool teacher as a "thank you" for all they do. Instead of sending a plant or homemade gift, send the teacher a practical item from the classroom. There isn't a public school classroom that couldn't use a box of wipes, extra napkins or a package of paper towels. A gift card for the local coffee shop never hurts, either.

National Biodiesel Day
- Birthday of Rudolph Diesel, who invented the diesel engine and unveiled it at the World Fair in 1900. Diesel originally designed the engine to run on peanut oil and was a big believer in the role plant oils could play in fueling America. Biodiesel is a cleaner-burning, petroleum-free alternative to diesel that can be made from any fat or vegetable oil. This day honors the man whose vision comes full circle as biodiesel becomes an increasingly popular fuel. Read more

Goddess of Fertility Day
- celebrates Aphrodite and other gods and goddesses of fertility. In ancient times, many cultures had multiple gods and goddesses. Each one represented various aspects of life. The ancient Greek goddess Aphrodite was by far the most well known goddess of fertility. People would pray and make offerings to Aphrodite when seeking to create a family. If you are looking to procreate, today might be the perfect time.

Supreme Sacrifice Day
- recognizes the ultimate sacrifice made by some for the good of others. History is filled with examples of people who offered the supreme sacrifice for other people. Today is a day to reflect and offer thanks and appreciation to those who made the supreme sacrifice for us.


Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Sat, 03-19-2011 - 9:47am

March 19th is...

March.jpgPerigee Moon
- On March 19th, a full Moon of rare size and beauty will rise in the east at sunset. It's a super "perigee moon"--the biggest in almost 20 years. "The last full Moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March of 1993," says Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory in Washington DC. "I'd say it's worth a look."

National Chocolate Carmel Day
- a day to celebrate everything great about chocolate and caramel. The union of chocolate and caramel is probably one of the greatest food combinations ever created. The caramel combined with rich chocolate results in a melt-in-your-mouth unforgettable experience!

Let Us Laugh Day
- People across the world celebrate today as ‘Let us laugh day’. So on this 'Let us laugh day', let us all vow to have a hearty laugh! Remember, laugh with others, not at others!

Perigean Tides
- A perigean spring tide is when the moon is closest to the Earth during the spring tide. Tides of maximum height and depression produced during this period are known as spring tide. Even higher than a normal spring tide are the perigean tides. Perigean Spring tides can produce unusually intense flooding along the coastal regions. Low amplitude tides are known as neap tides.

- a Jewish holiday that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman, a story recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther (Megillat Esther).

Save the Florida Panther Day
- devoted to raising awareness of rescuing the state animal from the threat of extinction. To educate people about living near panther habitat, urging them to drive carefully, particularly at dusk and dawn, and to protect small animals in pens enclosed with a roof.

Saint Joseph's Day
- the Feast of St. Joseph or Solemnity of Saint Joseph is in Western Christianity the principal feast day of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a Solemnity in the Roman Catholic Church, and also a feast in the provinces of the Anglican Communion, and a feast or festival in the Lutheran Church. Saint Joseph's Day is the Patronal Feast day for Poland, persons named Joseph, Josephine, etc., for religious orders, schools and parishes bearing his name, and for carpenters.

Swallows Return To Capistrano day
- The famous cliff swallows of San Juan Capistrano, that leave town every year in a swirling mass near the Day of San Juan (October 23), are returning from their winter vacation spot 6,000 miles south in Goya, Corrientes, Argentina. They land at the mission in San Juan, California, on or around St. Joseph's Day, March 19, to the ringing bells of the old church and a crowd of visitors from all over the world who are in town awaiting their arrival and celebrating with a huge fiesta as well as a parade.

Worm Moon
- So called by Native American tribes of New England and the Great Lakes because at this time of year there are signs of earthworms as the ground thaws in preparation for spring. Read more

Operation Iraqi Freedom Day
- At 9:30 PM, EST on March 19, 2003, two hours past a deadline for Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to step down from power, US and British forces began air strikes against his regime. A ground campaign (adding Australian forces) followed quickly, and by Apr 9, Baghdad was under the control of allied forces and Hussein had disappeared. Read more

Poultry Day
- celebrates chicken, turkey and other birds we commonly consume. Celebrate with eggs for breakfast, a chicken sandwich for lunch, and barbecue chicken for dinner. Don't forget to cook up some chicken fingers for the kids.

National Quilting Day
- celebrates fabulous quilts and those who make them. Definitely a ladies hobby, quilting is a skill that produces warm and beautiful results. A day to recognize and appreciate the quilt-makers, the skill and the warm and the results. If you are a quilt-maker, spend a minute to recognize and appreciate that you have truly been blessed with a special skill. If you are not a quilt-maker, wrap yourself into a quilt and enjoy the warmth.

Corn Dog Day
- coincides with the first Saturday of “the big men's college basketball tournament”. For all you basketball mad types, this particular day is significant because it is the one day a year that a quadruple-header of tournament action is broadcast live nationally. Think about it, 7-8 hours of college hoops from start to finish, without having to change the channel. Such an occasion deserves a unique way to celebrate. Pay homage by catching up with friends, enjoying a few laughs, and most importantly, enjoying a steady diet of corndogs! Lots of corndogs….


Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Sun, 03-20-2011 - 11:25am

March 20th is...

March.jpgFirst Day of Spring
- From the budding of the trees and the warming of the temperatures to the animals coming out of their winter hideouts, there seems to be a promise of new birth and color in the springtime air. My tulips are growing - how is your garden?

National Ravioli Day
- What is Ravioli? Ravioli is a traditional Italian pasta dish made by stuffing rounds or squares of pasta dough with a filling, creating a sort of pasta “pillow.” Go out and treat yourself to some delicious ravioli!

National Proposal Day
- Valentine’s Day came and went, and now comes another day and another opportunity to pop the question. However one's partner may decline the proposal simply because proposing on the national day for proposing could be seen as a cheesy attempt that may border on the contrived.

Alien Abduction Day
- Clamp on your foil hat and cower under your bed, Alien Abduction Day is here, when the skies are carefully watched by those expecting / wishing to be abducted by an alien life form. Or simply enjoy an alien abduction movie today, such as: "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "Fire in the Sky," "Men in Black," "The Astronaut's Wife," "Taken" and "Signs."

Bed-in For Peace Day
- Having been driven from Paris to Amsterdam early in the morning, John Lennon and Yoko Ono checked into the Hilton Hotel, where they staged the first of two bed-ins for peace. The couple knew their wedding, which took place on 20 March 1969, would receive extensive press coverage, and so decided to use the publicity to promote world peace.

Great American Meat Out Day
- On (or around) March 20, thousands of caring people in all 50 U.S. states and two dozen other countries get active to host educational events for Meatout - the world's largest grassroots diet education campaign. Activists distribute free food, educate their communities, and ask their friends, families, and neighbors to "kick the meat habit” and explore a wholesome, compassionate diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Kiss Your Fiancée Day
- A day for brides and grooms round the world to forget wedding planning and all the stress and kiss your fiances!

National Jump Out! Day
- today you are asked to grab a jump rope and hop to it! March 20th – the first day of spring – is the day for girls and boys to jump-start their way into a more active lifestyle by gathering friends and family and seeing how many times in a row each person can jump without stopping. Any kind of jump will do, from a simple hop to a Double Dutch or Criss-Cross step. Or, they can jump into another activity that pumps up the heart, like biking, skating, or playing tag – the idea is to get off the couch and on the road to good health.

Won't You Be My Neighbor Day
- In honor of Fred Rogers' birthday, March 20 has been declared "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" Day throughout all kingdoms, real or make believe. The point of the holiday is to carry on Mister Rogers' spirit of being neighborly: be connected, strengthen your community ties, reach out to people you've never talked to before.

- (Also called Alban Eilir.) One of the “Lesser Sabbats” during the Wiccan year, Ostara is a fire and fertility festival that marks the beginning of spring. Annually, on the spring equinox. Read more

International Earth Day
- initiated to make earth inhabitants aware of their responsibility to care for the planet. This care includes environmental and natural resources. International Earth Day was founded by John McConnell, of Davis City, Iowa. In September, 1969, he proposed the establishment of Earth Day to the San Francisco, California Board of Supervisors.

- Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in Iranian calendar. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox. As well as being a Zoroastrian holiday and having significance amongst the Zoroastrian ancestors of modern Iranians, the same time is celebrated in parts of the South Asian sub-continent as the new year. The moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator and equalizes night and day is calculated exactly every year and Iranian families gather together to observe the rituals.

Atheist Pride Day
- On this day, atheists seek to let the world know that we exist. Because we are often demonized and marginalized, in much the same way as sexual minorities, simply asserting our identities as nonbelievers can do much to overturn stereotypes, and help others who privately doubt religion. While the aim is visibility, the number of participants is less critical than is the ability to get people to publicly admit their lack of faith.

Snowman Burning Day
- a festival to mark the end of winter and welcome spring. It's a way to celebrate the change of the seasons. By March 20th most of us are more than ready to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring. We say goodbye to the last icy snowman by helping it melt as we set it a fire and watch it burn.


Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 03-21-2011 - 11:24am

March 21st is...

March.jpgSpring Fairy Fun Day
- Calling all fairies, elves, gnomes, pixies, sprites, brownies, leprechauns, dragons and other magical and mystical creatures to join us for a day filled with wonder and enchantment. We also invite the human friends of the fae to come play for a day!

National French Bread Day
- celebrates those long, airy loaves with the thin, crispy crust. The French don't actually call them French bread, of course. Their term for their country's signature baked good is "baguette."

Children's Poetry Day
- Children's poetry reminds us of our own childhood, but aside from the nostalgia, it reminds us of how fun song and rhyme can be to tell a story. Teach your child a new poem on Children's poetry day!

National Teenager Day
- They're sullen, moody and always seeming to find the drama in situations. But why shouldn't they have their own holiday? So let your teens run wild, just for one day. No nagging, no screaming. Let him sleep until two in the afternoon. Let her text her friends all day long - even through dinner. But remember, it's ONE DAY ONLY! Normal house rules are back in order at 12:01 on Tuesday.

International Astrology Day
- an annual observance/holiday celebrated by astrologers and astrology enthusiasts. It is seen by astrologers as the beginning (first day) of the astrological year.

National Single Parents Day
- a day set aside to honor and applaud the hard work single parents do each and every day in raising their children. It is a day for honoring the single parent who is basically doing double duty and giving them some respect.

National Teacher Appreciation Day
- teachers play a key role in every individual’s development and evolution. Showing appreciation to them is therefore a fair reward and an act of gratitude that will also make you feel better.

National Common Courtesy Day
- As a society, doesn't it seem courtesy and manners sometimes take a back seat? The world is seemingly full of loud voices on cell phones in all sorts of public venues, line jumpers at business and social events, drivers acting by their own rules.

Fragrance Day
- This day is about cologne, perfume and all the things that are good-smelling. That even includes potpourri, soaps, lotions and even scented candles. Perfume is a mixture of fragrant essential oils and aroma compounds, fixatives, and solvents used to give the human body, objects, and living spaces a pleasant smell. Women love to wear perfume and men love to smell it on women. Women love to smell cologne on a man as well.

National Flower Day
- National Flowers are a symbol of the representing country. Some national flowers have cultural or religious roots that go back hundreds or even thousands of years and may or may not have been officially adopted. Others have been adopted only in recent years as a result of growing environmental consciousness. In any case, flowers are found to have assumed a significant importance not just in the lives of some persons but the whole nations and in fact, the whole world.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Day
- Initiated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1966 to be observed annually Mar 21, the anniversary of the killing of 69 African demonstrators at Sharpeville, South Africa, in 1960, as a day to remember “the victims of Sharpeville and those countless others in different parts of the world who have fallen victim to racial injustice” and to promote efforts to eradicate racial discrimination worldwide. Read more

World Down Syndrome Day
- The aims of World Down Syndrome Day are to promote awareness and understanding, seek international support, and to achieve dignity, equal rights and a better life for people with Down syndrome everywhere. This date (21/3) represents the 3 copies of chromosome 21, which is unique to people with Down syndrome.


Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Tue, 03-22-2011 - 12:31pm

March 22nd is...

March.jpgInternational Goof-Off Day
- Assuming you won't get in trouble at work or school, go ahead and play some golf, or play video games all day. Spend extra time surfing the net. Go out and spend the day window shopping with your favorite friend. Or, just read sit down and read a book or watch Tv. This day is set aside for you to do anything you enjoy doing.

Roller Coaster Day
- In 1884, LaMarcus A. Thompson built a ride at New York's Coney Island to bring people out of the local beer gardens. The tracks carried individual cars that climbed 15 feet in the air and zoomed along at 4 miles per hour. People swarmed to Coney Island to try this novelty for a nickel a ride. Today, the fastest roller coaster is the Alpengeist at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA. at 67 mph!

International Day of the Seal
- In 1982 Congress declared an International Day of the Seal to draw attention to the cruelty of seal hunts and the virtual inevitability of these creatures’ extinction. Zoos and aquariums around the world observe this day with special programs and activities; contact your local affiliate for a schedule of activities. Read more

As Young As You Feel Day
- The saying goes this way: "You're only as old as you feel." I like it better this way: "You're only as young as you feel" or, better yet, "You're only as young as you think."

National Sing Out Day
- What's your favourite song? Share a song with us that makes you want to move your feet or sing out in a happy way!

World Day for Water
- a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

We Love Broccoli Day
- Broccoli is originally an Italian vegetable. It is related to the cauliflower and comes in colors from deep green to purple. Both the florets and stalks are edible; you can eat it raw or cooked. Broccoli can be used in a variety of culinary dishes, and it’s one of the healthiest vegetables you can eat.

American Diabetes Association Alert Day
- a one-day "wake-up" call asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and inspiring their friends, family members and colleagues to do the same.


Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Wed, 03-23-2011 - 10:57am

March 23rd is...

March.jpgNear Miss Day
- On March 23, 1989, an asteroid the size of a mountain, came within 500,000 miles of a collision with Earth. In interstellar terms, it was a near miss. Had it collided with the Earth, it would have left a devastating crater the size of Washington, D.C. It's affect on the planet would have been catastrophic.

National Chip and Dip Day
- celebrates America's favorite snack duet. If you're holding a party, it is almost certain that chips and dips are on the snack list. Even if you don't have a party, you can celebrate in the evening with a bag of chips and your favorite dip.

World Meteorological Day
- marks the anniversary of the World Meteorological Organization's establishment on March 23, 1950 - which provides information such as weather forecasts and mean temperature readings worldwide.

Kick Butts Day
- a national day of activism that empowers youth to speak up and take action against Big Tobacco at more than 1,000 events from coast to coast. Learn more about what Big Tobacco does to attract youth and get more people addicted its products by downloading and checking out the 2011 Kick Butts Day Activity Guide.

Dixie Cup Birthday
- The history of the Dixie Cup began when Lawrence Luellen first became interested in an individual paper drinking cup in 1907. The object was to dispense a pure drink of water in a new, clean, and individual drinking cup. In the years leading up to the 20th century everyone drank at the public water barrel, well, pump, or spigot with a communal tin cup or common dipper. This sharing by both healthy and sick alike often was the source for spreading germs and disease.

Liberty Day -
Anniversary of Patrick Henry’s speech for arming the Virginia militia at St. John’s Church, Richmond, VA. “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.” Read more

National Puppy Day
- a special day to celebrate the magic and unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives. But more importantly, it's a day to help save orphaned puppies across the globe and educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills, as well as further our mission for a nation of puppy-free pet stores.

OK Day
- It started one day in 1839, when a few newspaper editors were joking around. "They had a lot of abbreviations that they were using and made up on the spot and thought they were terrifically funny," Allan Metcalf says. "And OK was an abbreviation for 'All Correct.' "