March Into Spring

March certainly is packed with a lot notable days. There are some major religious holidays mixed in with important demarcations of the changing season. 

March 1- Peanut Butter Lover’s Day 
This holiday doesn’t need much explanation. If you love peanut butter, then this day is for you. Did you know that Elvis was a big fan of peanut butter? One of his favorite ways to eat it was on a peanut butter and banana sandwich.

March 8 – International Women’s Day
Originally called International Working Women’s Day, this day celebrates and honors the accomplishments of women. The holiday began as a political movement in some European and Soviet countries, but has been adopted by most countries as a celebration of the achievements of women in economic, social, and political arenas.

March 10 – Daylight Savings Time begins at 2:00AM

Today is the day to “spring forward”. Make sure to set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed so you’re not late for work!

March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day commemorates the death of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, who is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. There are huge celebrations in Ireland, and most businesses are closed. Since this is a Christian holiday, there is a tradition of many Irish attending Mass and praying for missionaries. In America, many celebrate by wearing green and many cities have parades. Listen to Irish folk music and partake in Irish foods and drinks as a part of your celebration.

March 20 – Spring Begins
There’s some excitement in the air – so many people look forward to the start of spring and all in brings. Flowers, warm days, beautiful blooms on the trees, and spring birds returning. No more snow, no more slipping and sliding on the roads. Let’s just hope the weather cooperates with the calendar.

March 25 – Passover

Passover is a Jewish holiday that remembers the Israelite’s Exodus from Egypt. The holiday spans seven days, and during this time those observing it will fast from eating unleavened bread. This practice commemorates the manner in which the Israelite’s fled Egypt, in a hurry and without time to allow their bread to rise. Passover ends this year on April 2nd.

March 29 – Good Friday
Good Friday is a religious holiday for Christians, who on this day remember the crucifixion of Jesus.

March 31- Easter Sunday
Easter (also known as Resurrection Sunday) is a Christian celebration which follows three days after Good Friday. Christians celebrate the belief that on this day Jesus rose from the dead. Popular cultural symbols include the Easter bunny, colored eggs and egg hunts, and sweets.

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