Important Earth events during the month of March

International Wine Fest   Argentina  March 1st-7th

Although its origins are religious in nature, stretching back to the 17th century, the National Grape Harvest Festival ( Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia ) officially started in 1936 when engineer Frank Romero Day, the then Minister of Industry and Public Works in Mendoza, signed a decree that the grape harvest would become a social event as part of the national agenda. Nowadays, it’s Argentina’s biggest wine party, bringing together everyone from the field workers to the wine vineyard owners and the rest of the wine-loving world. A favorite wine exported to the united states is Argentina's famous ( Malbec  ) wine variety.

National Peanut Butter Lover's Day   USA   March 1st

Today, March 1st is ( National Peanut Butter Lover's Day ) We salute America's favorite sandwich spread. What kid didn't grow up loving a Peanut butter and Jelly sandwich? It's a staple in many American homes. A jar of smooth peanut butter is by far the most popular. The crunchy style peanut butter is also on the market, and is enjoyed by many. Peanut Butter is not limited to a Peanut Butter and Jelly ( PB&J ) sandwich. It's popular on crackers, celery and other "peanut butter" holders. It is also used in recipes for cookies and snacks. And, don't forget peanut butter candies, too! Be-careful though, because there are individuals on this planet who have serious allergic reactions to the peanut!

Universal Human Beings Week   International   March 1st - 7th

First day of the month of March is observed as the beginning of Universal Human Beings Week annually from March 1st to 7th in various countries. It is observed to celebrate Humanity and to give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than to the material values of life.The ideals underlying this observance are: international understanding, education, and relations, to honor law and humanity, to put humans and ethical behavior above material wealth, and to support organizations that actively work for peace, friendship and good will. There is need to encourage the observance of this week in India as well to spread the message of peace, harmony, love and compassion for the poor down-trodden segments of the society.

World MathS Day  International   1st Wednesday in MArch

The first World Maths Day was held on March 14, 2007 ( Pi Day ), and has been held on the 1st Wednesday in March in subsequent years. This day is to celebrate the teachiing f Mathematics and the wide uses of Math in our everyday life activities. It should be noted that despite these origins, the phrases "World Maths Day" and "World Math Day" are trademarks and not to be confused with other oraganizedcompetitions such as the International Mathematical Olympiad or days such as Pi Day. In 2010, World Maths Day created a Guinness World Record for the Largest Online Maths Competition. " World Maths Day " is also celebrated on October 15th.

MUTEK music festival  Barcelona SPAIN  first week in March

The 7th edition of MUTEK in Barcelona is poised once again to occupy unique spaces all over the city and fill them with 4 days and nights of internationally recognized electronic and digital artistry, running from March 2-5. Operating as a platform for discovery, this year’s festival offers another dynamic mix of live musical performances from electronic music’s global stars and Spain’s local luminaries, along with even more stunning, multi-sensory audiovisual presentations, installations, and expanded and free educational activities, including workshops and artist talks.

Okeechobee Music Fest  Florida  U.S.A. 

first week in March

"Continuing a new Florida tradition, Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is excited to announce that its second annual event will take place March 2nd. through 5th, 2017. The four-day festival will again be held during the perfect time of year to enjoy incredible Florida weather in an ideal setting. The festival's home, Sunshine Grove, is widely regarded amongst the best music festival destinations in the world, featuring lush grassy flat lands, a sandy beach, stunning tufts of tropical jungle and a majestic grove that houses the main stages. In its first year, OMF was a sold-out destination to thousands of spring breakers and music fans across the country."

Read Across America Day   U.S.A.  March 2nd

( Read Across America Day ) promotes reading, particularly for children and young adults.  Many schools, libraries, and community centers across the United States participate in the day by bringing people together to take part in reading books. Various reading activities and events are held across the country on this day. For example, some students take part in a Read Across America channel designed to showcase student and educator videos around the country. Others make reading pledges, organize book fairs, or read aloud to groups of people.

World Wild Life Day   ( International )   March 3rd

On December 20, 2013, the UN added World Wildlife Day to its calendar as an official event to be celebrated from March 3, 2014, on wards. It declared the day out of concern that wildlife crime had negative economic, environmental and social impacts worldwide. Habitat loss, climate change and poaching are among the most alarming challenges faced by wildlife today. Poaching and trafficking of wildlife is now the most immediate threat to many species, whether charismatic or less known. The fate of the world’s wildlife will soon be in the hands of the next generation. Engaging and empowering the youth is the call of the 2017 UN World Wildlife Day. WWD2017 gives us a new opportunity to provide incentives to the youth to tackle conservation issues. It is also an opportunity for them to engage with one another and together forge an inspired path to a better world.

National Anthem Day  U.S.A.    March 3rd

A few people incorrectly assumed that National Anthem Day is September 14, the day the song was written. This is incorrect. National Anthem Day is every March 3rd, in celebration of the day that congress made the Star-Spangled Banner our national anthem. “The Star-Spangled Banner” was regarded as the national anthem by most branches of the U.S. armed forces and other groups, but it was not until 1916, and the signing of an executive order by President Woodrow Wilson, that it was formally designated as such. In March 1931, Congress passed an act confirming Wilson’s presidential order, and on March 3 President Hoover signed it into law.

http://www.waiz.home.insightbb.com/star_spangled_banner.html

Festival of Science    USA   March 4th- 14th

The Biocom Institute Festival of Science and Engineering is a ten-day educational experience including interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers to engage kids and families in all that encompasses STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The week kicks off with its largest event EXPO Day (March 4, 2017) at PETCO Park. EXPO Day is free and open to the public. Hundreds of community businesses and organizations will participate in EXPO Day in addition to over 60 programs and events that will follow throughout the week all throughout the county of San Diego. More than 75,000 kids, parents, teachers, industry leaders and community members are anticipated to attend during Festival Week.

Sarasota Jazz Festival USA March 5th-11th

The Jazz Club of Sarasota, one of the largest and most active jazz clubs in the United States, is dedicated to preserving and promoting jazz, America’s original musical art form. Founded in 1980 by the late Hal Davis, the former publicist for Benny Goodman, the Jazz Club has approximately 600 members and is growing. The Club presents over 50 events throughout the year, including the Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival, for over 35 years, which is one of the major US jazz festivals. Every year, the Jazz Club of Sarasota grants scholarships to high school and college students who are serious about continuing their jazz education.

National Frozen Food Day   USA   March 6th

Proclamation 5157 was signed by President Ronald Reagan in which it said: “Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim March 6, 1984, as Frozen Food Day, and I call upon the American people to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.” Credit for the flash freezing of fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood to preserve flavor and quality is given to American inventor, entrepreneur and naturalist Clarence Frank Birdseye II. The invention of the microwave has also changed the types of frozen foods and just how convenient these items can be. Over the years, frozen foods have developed to meet consumer demand. A variety of family sized meals, health conscience meals and even organic meals have hit the markets in recent years.

Cinco De Marcho   USA   March 5th

It's " Cinco De Marcho " a new 12 Daylong  American/Mexican/Irish holiday for those who need a good brew from Mexico or Ireland or maybe something locally made that goes great with either Irish or Mexican foods. This holiday was created for those good folks that are almost mentally gone with Winter-time Cabin Fever ! those Americans who are already thinking crazy thoughts about Saint Patrick, Warmer Days and green things like cactus and shamrocks ! If your not all that into drinking beers and other brews, have a few Margaretta's with your bangers and mash or Hot Tamales! ... " Cinco De Marcho " is celebrated from March 5th to March 17th, Saint Patrick's Day ...enjoy these 12 Days of celebrating your favorite Hops, Barley and Brews !

Remember the Alamo Day   USA   March 6th

The Battle of the Alamo was a 13 day siege at a mission in San Antonio that was fought between February 23, 1836 – March 6, 1836 by Mexican forces of about 4000, under President General Santa Anna, against a handful of 180 American rebels fighting for Texan independence from Mexico. The battle was won by the Mexicans but the 13 days gave General Sam Houston time to build and develop his Texan Army at San Jacinto who were motivated by the courage shown, against all odds, by their fellow Texans. Ultimately, the Texans defeated Santa Anna's Army and Texas won it's independence from Mexico, becoming the Republic of Texas on April 21, 1836.

International Cereal Day  March 7th

The invention of one of the most famous brands of cereal was an accident. In 1877, two brothers named John Harvey Kellogg and Will Keith Kellogg were experimenting with food made with boiled wheat. They left a batch out overnight and returned to find it stale. Instead of throwing it away, they rolled it out and discovered that each wheat berry formed its own flake. They tried the same process with corn, and created the first dry breakfast cereal, which we now know as Kellogg’s Corn Flakes! Henry Perky first sold his ( shredded wheat cereal ) to vegetarian restaurants in 1892, distributing it from a factory in Niagara Falls, New York. A health-oriented publication, The Chicago Vegetarian, recommended the use of shredded wheat biscuits as soup croutons. At the same time, Perky leased cereal-manufacturing machines to bakers in Denver and Colorado Springs through his Cereal Machine Company and sold wheat processors.

International Women's Day   March 8th

International Women's Day is sponsored worldwide by the United Nations. However, the UN did not originate this special celebration. The roots of this celebration goes back to the late 1800's and early 1900s. It grew from women's socialist movements and early women's trade union groups. The first International Women's Day was held March 19, 1911. Women socialists and trade unions held an earlier Women's Day on the last Sunday in February, 1908. The event grew from there, and has been celebrated annually since. The focus is upon women workers, and advancing women's rights in  the workforce, politics and society. International Womens Day, originally called International Working Women's Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards women for women's economic, political, and social achievements. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended the culture of many countries, primarily in Europe, especially those in the Soviet Bloc. In some regions, the day lost its political flavor, and became simply an occasion for people to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother's Day and Valentine's Day.

 

Oregon Chocolate Fest   U.S.A.  first Weekend in March

Now in its 12th year, the festival has outgrown its original venue. Can you just imagine this year’s chocolate sculptures on display in that dazzling lobby?! And live music by Gayle Wilson and her trio will serenade the chocolate indulgences throughout… Chocolate Lovers flock yearly to picturesque Ashland, Oregon from far and wide for three days of pure chocolate heaven! Many decide to combine their favorite Ashland activities with attendance at the chocolate festival, such as performances at the world-renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival,  journeying through the unparalleled Southern Oregon outdoors, indulging in world-class spa treatments, wine tasting in the Rogue and Applegate Valleys, and visiting any number of boutique shops, galleries, and restaurants in downtown Ashland.

Best  Maple Syrup Festival on Earth   Quebec, Canada 

1st 2 weeks of March

Festival Beauceron de l’érable – This festival is one of the premiere maple syrup festivals in all of Quebec.  Over 50,000 attend each year to enjoy a wide range of activities, from music, sports, cultural events and fine cuisine, to family and school activities all featuring maple products. This year it runs from March 2nd – March 29th in Saint-Georges, Québec during what they call their sugaring-off season. ..... a good time to explore Quebec City !

Mother Earth Day in China  March 8th

Mother Earth Day, in China is a ancient ( fertility festival ) which honors the birthday of the Earth as Mother Hu Tu ( Empress of the Earth ) a Goddess. It is celebrated annually on this day throughout China. The festival consists of street parades, the lighting of firecrackers, feasting and partying. " Hu Tu's Birthday presents " ( coins, flowers, incense, paper dolls, etc. ) all are placed in small holes in the ground, blessed, and then covered with soil. If visiting China during this time look for those smaller villiage festivals with closer ties to their local agricultural areas.

World Popcorn lovers Day Earth Event 2nd Thursday in March

There are several Popcorn holidays during the year, to day is a International event.              " Popcorn Lover's Day " is celebrated on March 09, 2017. It is the special day for popcorn eaters and is celebrated every year on the second Thursday in March. Popcorn is commonly eaten in movie theaters and local fairs. This snack is usually served salted or sweetened. In North America, it is traditionally served salted, often with butter or a butter-like topping. However, sweetened versions, such as caramel corn and kettle corn, are also commonly available. An easy way to make popcorn at home is by placing the corn kernels in a brown paper-bag and nuking them for two minutes in the microwave !

National Paper Money Day  U.S.A.   March 10th

National banknotes are generally legal tender, meaning that medium of payment is allowed by law or recognized by a legal system to be valid for meeting a financial obligation. Historically, banks sought to ensure that they could always pay customers in coins when they presented banknotes for payment. This practice of "backing" notes with something of substance is the basis for the history of central banks backing their currencies in gold or silver. Today, most national currencies have no backing in precious metals or commodities and have value only by fiat.

Johnny Appleseed day   U.S.A.  March 11th

Johnny Appleseed Day honors one of America's great legends. Johnny Appleseed was a real person. John Chapman was among the American settlers who were captivated by the movement west across the continent. As Johnny Appleseed traveled west, he planted apple trees along the way, and sold trees to settlers. With every apple tree that was planted, the legend grew. A Little About the Legend: John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed) was born on September 26, 1774. He was a nurseryman who started out planting trees in western New York and Pennsylvania. During the life of John Chapman, the "West" was places like Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois. According to legend, Johny Appleseed led a simple life, it is believed that he died on March 11, 1845, from what was referred to as the "winter plague". The actual date of his death has been disputed.

International Genealogy Day   2nd Saturday in March

Genealogy Day was created in 2013, by Christ Church, United Presbyterian and Methodist in Limerick, Ireland to help celebrate the church’s 200th anniversary. For this day, Christ Church brought together local family history records not only from its own combined churches, but also from the area’s Church of Ireland parishes, including the Religious Society if Friends in Ireland (Quaker) and the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormon). The people in attendance could then use the amassed marriage and baptism records dating back to the early 1800s, such as Limerick Methodist Registers and Limerick Presbyterian Registers, to find out about their great-great-grandparents. The idea proved so popular that the day was repeated for the next two consecutive years and has inspired many people to take a look into their family tree to find out a bit more about where they come from.

The Honolulu Festival   U.S.A.  March 11th - 13th

The Honolulu Festival is Hawaii’s premier cultural event, promoting understanding, economic cooperation and ethnic harmony between the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Rim region. Each year, the Festival draws thousands of new and returning spectators who are looking for an experience beyond Hawaii. Through educational programs and activities sponsored by the Honolulu Festival Foundation, the Festival continues to successfully share the rich and vibrant blend of Asia, Pacific and Hawaiian cultures with the rest of the world.

International Jewelry Day    Earth Event    March 13th

Jewelry Day is celebrated on March 13, 2017. Today is your chance to give or receive a piece of jewelry, as well as to recognize your favorite jeweler. If you own some nice jewelry, go ahead and wear it. If you always wanted to buy some special jewelry, go ahead and treat yourself. Maybe meet with a friend at a local crafting store to create some handmade jewelry. If you don't like to wear or own jewelry, reading about gemstones, silver and gold and where they come from and how they are produced could be interesting. Don't forget: guys can wear jewelry, too, so this day can both be celebrated by men and women. The origin of this holiday day is unknown .... might be related to LEPRECHAUNS !

St. Augustine Celtic Festival  U.S.A.  March 10th-12th

St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival is set for March 10th-12th and has been featured at Covent Garden in London and at the Royal Dublin Society in Dublin, Ireland.The St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival is also being featured in many international publications including Celtic Family Magazine, Celtic Life International, Highlander Magazine, Ireland of the Welcomes Magazine, Scottish Life Magazine and the Pipes of Christmas.

Aran Celtic Festival  Ireland, Aran Island  March 10th - 12th

A three day celebration of Celtic music, dance and culture. Renowned artists from Ireland and the Celtic Diaspora coming together for a unique fusion of our shared culture on the intimate setting of the Aran island of Inis Mor. Seated concerts and readings, dance floored Ceilis and some of the best pub sessions you will ever have the pleasure of taking part in will create three days of unforgettable Celtic passion.

National Elephants ( Chang Thai Day )   ...Thailand   ...March 13th

Thai people have had a close-knit relationship with elephants since ancient times, with the elephant playing a significant role in transportation, labor and battle. Considered the national animal of Thailand, the elephant faced threats to its existence because of habitat invasion by humans and climate changes, amongst the other factors. The number of Thai elephants has been reduced from 100,000 to 2,000–3,000 wild elephants and about 2,700 domesticated elephants over the past 100 years. In Thailand, white elephants (ช้างเผือก, chang phueak) are considered sacred and are a symbol of royal power. Chang Thai Day has three main purposes. The first is to show how significant elephants are to Thailand. The second is to demonstrate how the Thai culture depends on the elephants. Lastly, this annual celebration promotes awareness about protecting and conserving the Thai elephant population and its habitats.

( MARCH ...MEANS MARCH MADNESS &SPRING BREAK ! )

https://www.google.com/#safe=active&q=spring+break+2017&*

Panama City Beach, Florida  U.S.A.   Mid March

Panama City Beach, Florida is considered the “Spring Break Capital Of The World” as it is the number one choice for students wanting the ultimate Spring Break experience. With 27 miles of sugar white beaches, this destination gem boasts some of the very best in nightlife, events, and hotel accommodations that will fit within any budget. If you're ready to celebrate your Spring Break this March, book your travel to Panama City Beach and join us for the biggest student event of the year!

http://pcbeachspringbreak.com/

The Inception Music Fest  Cancun, Mexico   Mid-March

This Festival was designed so that your experience will never be the same, bringing travelers to a different and newly exciting dreamland year after year. The culmination of events will have you dreaming from sun-up, until sun-up the next day. Over the past three years we’ve taken the day parties and night events that StudentCity is known for, added the stunning Cancun scenery as a backdrop during the day, and the live Cancun club atmosphere at night, and combined all of this with the hottest names in music, making for the ultimate Spring Break music festival experience.

The " Savannah Stopover " Music Fest  U.S.A.  Mid-March

Savannah Stopover Music Festival capitalizes on the logistical good fortune of Savannah, Georgia’s proximity to interstates 95 and 10 by presenting traveling musicians with a welcoming place to play en route to Austin's prestigious SXSW Music Conference. The small, vibrant coastal community is rife with a unique brand of low country hospitality and southern Gothic ambiance, not to mention home to a burgeoning music scene, music-hungry demographic, and an established arts community.

http://www.savannahstopover.com/

South Padre Island, Texas  U.S.A.   Mid March

The best time to visit South Padre Island is from September to February. Unless you are planning to join in on the spring break fun — rowdy partying at all hours of the day — you'll find this tiny town rather unbearable in March. However, during the other 11 months out of the year, SPI exudes a relaxed aura perfect for sun-seekers and families. Plus hotel rates are reasonably low compared to other beach destinations.

http://www.sopadre.com/plan-your-trip/looking-for/spring-break/

Port Fairy Music Festival   Australia   Mid- March

( March 10th -13th 2017 ) The 40th festival story started  in December 1977 when the festival came to town – it was literally on the back of a truck – as a freewheeling cultural freedom ride of sorts. In 2016 we will celebrate the 40th event as the achievement of community, volunteers, music industry, artists and staff along with our passionate audience. Together we become one amazing festival gathering singing by the oceans of the south-west coast. Since its inception the festival will have presented around 3,500 acts including over 500 internationals and over 12,000 musicians to an audience of beyond 240,000 ticket holders and 1,000,000 attendances to the wee village of Port Fairy. With a wonderful array of artists yet to be announced the festival aims to explore and present the diversity and discovery of folk, roots and world music live on stage next March.

International Tango Conference  Argentina  ( March )

( March 12th - 18th 2017 ) Created and directed by master teacher and dancer Fabián Salas, CITA (Congreso Internacional de Tango Argentino) is the most important tango event in the world and the longest running tango meeting in Argentina. From its beginnings in 1999 until today, every year in march reunites in Buenos Aires (tango capital of the world) the best dancers, instructors and professionals of this art form. It brings together tango enthusiasts, aficionados and teachers of every continent, wishing to improve their dance, learn new techniques or simply have fun.

March Music Days  Bulgaria   March 11th - 27th

March Music Days ...International Festival is one of the oldest and most reputed festival stages in Bulgaria, a festival of modern program strategy and high public rating. Founded in 1961, every year the festival turns the city of Ruse - the biggest and most beautiful Bulgarian city along the Danube, into a real capital of music, a meeting point of top-class musicians from Europe and worldwide. The Festival has become a bearer of the prestigious international "European Festival" label, awarded by the European Commission and the European Festivals Association under the pilot project "Europe for Festivals. Festivals for Europe" for 2015 and 2016. http://www.marchmusicdays.eu/index.php?lang=en

International PI & Einstein DAY     March 14th

Today is the birthday physicist Albert Einstein. Einstein was born on March 14, 1879. The date is also represented as 3.14. We strongly suspect some combination of these two facts is why someone created the day on March 14th. However, "Pi" was around long before Albert Einstein was born. Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. Einstein's work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. Born: March 14, 1879, Ulm, Germany, Died: April 18, 1955, Princeton, NJ, Education: University of Zurich (1905), ETH Zurich (1896–1901), More

National Butterfly Day  ...USA   ...March 14th

Observed annually, March 14th is National Learn About Butterflies Day.  Spring and summer are just right around the corner, so it is a good time to take a few minutes and learn something new about butterflies and appreciate their beauty. Butterflies need our help to survive as they rely on flowers and other natural sources for survival.  We can help them by planting more flowers. There are more than 20,000 types of butterflies worldwide Their wing spans can range from 1/2 inch to 11 inches. Butterflies in their adult stage can live from a week to nearly a year, depending on the species. Many butterflies migrate over long distances.  Particularly famous migrations are those of the Monarch butterfly from Mexico to the northern USA and southern Canada, a distance of about 2500 to 3000 miles.

International Kids Day   March 15th

International " KIDS " Day is about recognizing your kid and everyone's Kids as the wonderful people that they are. It's a great day for parents to BRAG about their children and how their future is going to be a bright one. Kids day can be celebrated in many ways, let them choose something different to wear to school, take them to a cultural event, have a pick-nick or patio party. Designate this day, as a day for your kid or kids to choose something for themselves. Spoil your kids really bad for this one day of the year ..... but back to normal tomorrow !

Festival Fallas De Valencia, Spain  March 15 -19th

SPAIN, Fallas de Valencia – a madly explosive carnival/fiesta combination that will blow your socks off. Locals spend 5 days partying – parades, pageants and moderate fireworks then on the last night, they turn off all the city lights and set fire to hundreds of massive high quality papier-maché caricatures stuffed with fireworks around the city. Kaboom. Las Fallas is undoubtedly one of the most unique and crazy festivals in Spain. Then again, Spain is a country known for its unique and odd fiestas. What started as a feast day for St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters, has evolved into a 5-day, multifaceted celebration involving fire. Valencia, a quiet city with a population of just over 1 million, swells to an estimated three million flame-loving revelers during Las Fallas celebrations.

Saint Urho's Day   ...FINISH  USA   ...March 16th

On the day before St. Patrick's Day, celebrate St. Urho's Day to honor the Patron Saint of the Finnish vineyard workers. Before the ice age, Finland's grape crops were under attack from a pest. A man named Urho (pronounced "oorho") fortified by sour milk and fish soup came to the hill and yelled "Heinasirkka, heinasirkka, menetaalta hiteen!" which translates to "Grasshopper, grasshopper, go away!" With a few words, Urho saved the vineyards and became a hero. Though Urho lived in ancient times, his story emerged in the 1950s, from the imagination of Richard Matteson, a Ketola department store manager in Minnesota. According to the account in Joanne Asala's book The Legend of St. Urho, Matteson wanted to impress his Irish coworker with a Finnish saint story, and made up the tale of how Saint Urho rescued Finland's grape crop by driving poisonous frogs out.

Saint Patrick's Day  ( March 17th )

St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in many parts of the world, especially by Irish communities and organizations. Many people wear an item of green clothing on the day. Parties featuring Irish food and drinks that are dyed in green food color are part of this celebration. It is a time when children can indulge in sweets and adults can enjoy a “pint” of beer at a local pub. Saint Patrick in Armagh with a spectacular display of color, music, dance and entertainment for all to enjoy. The celebrations begin with a high energy carnival procession departing the  Palace Demesne at 1pm and making its way through Armagh City Center.                                  

http://www.ireland.com/en-us/events/st-patricks-day/     

National Quilting Day   ...USA   ...Third Saturday in March

National Quilting Day is always observed annually on the third Saturday in the month of March ( This year ...March 17th 2018 ).  It is a day that is celebrated around the country with special quilting shows, classes, open museums and much more.  This is a day to appreciate and to recognize quilt makers, along with all of their long labor, love and skill that goes into the making of each quilt. At the 22nd annual show of the National Quilting Association in Lincoln, Nebraska in June of 1991, a resolution was passed and National Quilting Day was started. Check out your local quilting supply stores   ...quilting is fun and just might be profitable !

 

Filippo Mazzei Day   Italian/American Patriot   March 19th

Philip Mazzei, ( born December 25, 1730, Poggio a Caiano, Tuscany [Italy]—died March 19, 1816, Pisa, Italy ), Italian physician, merchant, and author, ardent supporter of the American Revolution, and correspondent of Thomas Jefferson. Mazzei studied medicine in Florence and practiced in Turkey before moving in 1755 to London, where he became a wine merchant. In 1773 Mazzei set sail for the American colonies, intending to launch the development of olive and grape growing in Virginia. He established an experimental farm next to Jefferson’s Monticello. Mazzei soon became enveloped in the independence movement, and he strongly favored Virginia’s strides toward religious and political freedom. In 1779 he accepted a commission from Patrick Henry, the Virginia governor, to seek a loan from the grand duke of Tuscany. After being captured by the British and imprisoned for three months, Mazzei arrived in Europe—only to find his every effort blocked by Benjamin Franklin, who believed that the national government alone could contract foreign debts. Three years before his death, Mazzei completed an account in Italian of his remarkable life and travels; it was published in two volumes in 1845–46.

International Poultry Day  March 19th

Poultry Day celebrates chicken, turkey and other birds we commonly consume. Chicken and turkey are lower in fats, and cholesterol than other meats, making it better for your health. They also give you your breakfast eggs. Celebrate Poultry Day 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. The chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus) is a type of domesticated fowl, a subspecies of the red junglefowl. It is one of the most common and widespread domestic animals, with a population of more than 19 billion as of 2011. Humans keep chickens primarily as a source of food, consuming both their meat and their eggs.

Starkbierzeit Beer Fest  Munich, Germany March 19th

Meet Oktoberfest’s little brother – the tougher, more down-to-earth sibling whose company can be enjoyed without the crowds. For Bavarians, Starkbierzeit is like the opening of the fridge door to a new season of beer drinking, coming just as winter disappears and summer begins to peep over the horizon. For them it’s such a momentous occasion that Starkbierzeit has been christened the ‘fifth season’. A celebration not just of any old beer but entirely of strong beer (and the only time of year this beer is available in Munich), Starkbierzeit is a time when brewers parade their most lethal amber ales, the doppelbocks, which have alcohol contents above 7%.

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/germany/munich/travel-tips

International Extraterrestrial Abductions Day    March 20th

Extraterrestrial Abductions Day is today. Keep one eye on the sky. And, be ready to duck, dodge, and to hide. UFO's may be everywhere, looking to abduct humans. If you are not careful, perhaps they will find you! Of course, there are more than a few people out there who are looking to be abducted by aliens, so they can travel to another planet.Celebrate today by reading and watching science fiction stories about UFOs and Extraterrestrials. And, make sure to keep out of sight of extraterrestrials.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_X-Files
http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2012-06-29/ufo-festival-extraterrestrial-tourism-sites

Important Events during the Spring Equinox Period


Chunfen  ...Festival for Vernal Equinox   ... March 20th - 21st

On Vernal Equinox, ( Chunfen ), Chinese begin to worship their ancestors by sweeping ancestors’ tombs or other activities, indicating spring worship. Before sweeping the tomb, descents need to hold a worship ceremony in the ancestral temple. During the ceremony people kill pigs and sheep, presented as an offering to their ancestors. Some may even invite performers to play music and a host to chant the elegiac address and leading descendants to do the worship.

Nowruz, New Years Day   ...Iran   ... March 20th OR 21st

Nowruz ( Persian ) is the name of the Iranian New Year, which is celebrated worldwide by the Iranian peoples, along with some other ethno-linguistic groups, as the beginning of the New Year. It has been celebrated for over 3,000 years in Western Asia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Black Sea Basin and the Balkans. It marks the first day of the first month ( Farvardin ) in the Iranian calendar. Nowruz is the day of the vernal equinox, and marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. It usually occurs on March 21. Although having Iranian and religious Zoroastrian origins, Nowruz has been celebrated by people from diverse ethno-linguistic communities for thousands of years. It is a secular holiday for most celebrants that is enjoyed by people of several different faiths, but remains a holy day for Zoroastrians.

International Astrology Day   March 19th or 20th or 21st

International Astrology Day ( most often observed on either March 20 or March 21 ) is an annual observance/holiday celebrated by astrologers and astrology enthusiasts. It is seen by astrologers as the beginning ( first day ) of the astrological year. It is the first full day of the astrological sign of Aries and thus marks the beginning of the tropical Zodiac. International Astrology Day is celebrated/observed depending on the exact day that the Northward equinox actually occurs. This varies year to year between March 19–22, though it usually falls on March 20 or March 21. It also corresponds with the beginning of the Bahá'í calendar, which is celebrated as Bahá'í Naw-Rúz. Other holidays occurring around this time include Ostara ( amongst neopagans ).

International Day of Forests   ...Earth Event   ...March 21st

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests ( IDF ) in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on ForestsThe theme for 2017 is Forests and Energy.

World Poetry Day ( International )  March 21st

The observance of World Poetry Day is also meant to encourage a return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, to promote the teaching of poetry, to restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts such as theater, dance, music and painting, and to support small publishers and create an attractive image of poetry in the media, so that the art of poetry will no longer be considered an outdated form of art, but one which enables society as a whole to regain and assert its identity.

World Water Day  ( International )   March 22

World Water Day is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference. World Water Day dates back to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development where an international observance for water was recommended. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day. It has been held annually since then. Each year, UN-Water — the entity that coordinates the UN’s work on water and sanitation — sets a theme for World Water Day corresponding to a current or future challenge.

World Science Festival  Australia  March 22nd - 26th

The World Science Festival Brisbane will return in 2017 with a flagship event in Brisbane from 22-26 March 2017 and regional events in Gladstone (3-4 March), Toowoomba (17 March), Townsville (26-27 March) and Chinchilla (31 March -1 April). The Queensland Museum Network holds exclusive license to host the World Science Festival in the Asia Pacific, reinforcing Australia’s position as a knowledge economy and igniting new and challenging discussions in and about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). The inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane was held in 2016.  It included a flagship event in Brisbane (9-13 March) and regional events in Chinchilla (12-13 February) and Townsville (19-20 February).

The Thimphu Festival,  Bhutan  3rd week in March

The Thimphu Festival ( Tsechu ) is one of the larger of Bhutan’s festivals ( Buddhist kingdom )on the Himalayas’ eastern edged ) attracts the largest audience. Featuring dances performed by trained monks and laymen in amazing masks and costumes, Tsechus ( festivals ) are one of the best ways to experience the ancient living culture of Bhutan. The Tsehchu is considered a major attraction and people travel from neighboring districts to participate in the festivity. Early in the morning on the last day of the celebration the monks display a gigantic thangkha ( embroidered painting ) , the Guru Throngdel, inside the dzong. Thongdrols are especially impressive examples of Buddhist art and never fail to amaze viewers. They are considered so sacred that simply seeing a Thongdrol is said to cleanse the viewer of sin.

http://www.tourism.gov.bt/activities/paro-tshechu#sthash.KEJb5PuA.dpuf

National Puppy Day   ...USA   ...March 23rd

This day was created to celebrate the magic and unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives.  National Puppy Day is also a day to bring awareness to the need for care of and homes for orphaned pups as well as to educate people about the horrors of puppy mills across the country. For more information on National Puppy Day visit www.nationalpuppyday.com/ National Puppy Day was founded in 2006 by Pet Lifestyle Expert, Animal Behaviorist and Author, Colleen Paige.  Paige is also the founder of National Dog Day and National Cat Day.

Pakistan Government Holiday   ...Pakistan   ...March 23rd

Government of Pakistan Officially announced Public Holiday on 23rd March 2017 throughout Pakistan on the occasion of the Day of Pakistan.According to the official orders, all the Government and Semi-Government departments will be closed on 23rd march 2017 and Banks, Stock Exchanges are also observe holiday. According to the Notification issued by Ministry of Interior, 23rd March will be observed as Public Holiday in the whole Pakistan due to this all the government and semi-government departments, Schools, Colleges, Universities, High Courts, Session Courts, Civil Courts, Banking Courts, Consumer Courts, Service Tribunals and other Courts including State Bank of Pakistan, National Bank of Pakistan, All Scheduled Banks and Stock Exchanges will be closed on the day of Pakistan 23 march.

National Chocolate cover Raisin Day  U.S.A.   March 24th

Today, March 24th, we celebrate National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day.  On this day, you can enjoy raisins coated in a shell of either milk chocolate or dark chocolate. Chocolate covered raisins have been popular with movie goers for many many years and they continue to be.  They are also a popular bulk vending item. In some countries, chocolate covered raisins are known as Raisinets.  Raisinets were the earliest and one of the most popular brands of the product.  Currently made by Nestle, they are the third largest selling candy in United States history.  The Blumenthal Chocolate Company introduced the Raisinets to the United States in 1927 and then in 1984, the brand was acquired by Nestle.  There are a large number of other brands of chocolate covered raisins that exists also.

Prince Kuhio's Festival   ...Hawaii  ...3rd week in March

Spanning a two-week period the events Kuhio’s are located in Poipu, Eleele, Lihue, and Wailua. The Prince Kuhio Celebration, intended to honor Kuhio and his efforts to foster Hawaiian cultural values, provides a long list of interactive educational sessions about Hawaiian cultural practices, arts and crafts. New to the line-up this year are the Makauwahi Cave Tour, a treasure trove of indigenous and endemic plant species and archeological research. The Royal Order of Kamehameha has also added a tour of Prince Kuhio’s birthplace. Adding to the mix are many opportunities for entertainment, observing cultural traditions, attending luaus, a rodeo and an outrigger canoe race. Sampling local foods, hearing “talk story” sessions and viewing commemorative ceremonies are also on the schedule.

Anniversary of Arengo   ...San Merino   ...March 25th

San Marino annually observes Anniversary of the Arengo on March 25. This public holiday commemorates the unique form of government of the country. The Arengo was the assembly, that ruled San Marino from the 5th century AD till 1243. It consisted of the Great families of San Marino, who gathered together to discuss important questions. This form of government was unique, since San Marino had no leader or a fixed meeting place. Although the Arengo existed for about 8 centuries, it was cumbersome and crippled by feuds between the Great families. By the 13th century the Arengo became so dysfunctional, that the citizens of San Marino elected an assembly called the Grand and General Council. The new council was so powerful, that the Pope, the nominal ruler of San Marino, proclaimed it to be the supreme body of the state.

The Savannah Music Festival  U.S.A.  March 24 - April 9th

The Savannah Music Festival (SMF) is dedicated to presenting world-class celebrations of the musical arts by creating timeless and adventurous productions that stimulate arts education, foster economic growth and unite artists and audiences in Savannah. The 28th festival season runs from March 23th through April 8th, 2017.“We have a usual mix of Jazz and Blues and Rock N Roll and Bluegrass and world music and a lot of chamber music and symphony music and piano recitals,” Savannah Music Festival’s Executive Director Rob Gibson said.

Intergalactic Spock Day  In every time & Space  March 26th

" Intergalactic Spock Day " is the most logical day of the year to celebrate our Galaxy and the never dying Alien named Spock. A good day to mentally join with the consciousness of this planet Earth. Celebrate " Spock Day " by wearing your Star-Trek t-Shirt or maybe singing a lyrical song from the planet Vulcan. Guzzling down a tankard of Blue Romulan Ale might be in order for this evenings events ! Leonard Simon Nimoy was born on March 26, 1931 in the West End of Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Jewish immigrants from Iziaslav, Ukraine. His parents left Iziaslav separately—his father first walking over the border into Poland—and reunited in the United States. His mother, Dora ( née Spinner), was a homemaker, and his father, Max Nimoy, owned a barbershop in the Mattapan section of Boston. He had an elder brother, Melvin.   http://www.spocklives.com/

Independence Day   ...Bangladesh   ...March 26th

In the 1970 general elections, the Bangla-based Awami League, led by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman won an overall majority, but the West Pakistani regime was reluctant to hand over power. On 25 March 1970, Pakistani troops were used to quell the growing unrest. This led to the Independence of Bangladesh being declared by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on 26 March 1971, and marked the start of the war of Independence. In November 1970, India entered the war, supporting East Pakistan. This led to victory for East Pakistan on 16 December 1970 ...marked by the ( Victory Day holiday).

International Whisky Day   March 27th

International Whisk(e)y Day is not to be confused with World Whisky Day or National Bourbon Day which fall in May and June respectively. There is some conflict with World Whiskey Day where International Whisk(e)y day claims to be the original. This conflict only really exists because WWD is the more well known date in the United States and IWD organizers do not want to be seen as the copycat since they were founded four years earlier. There is also a conflict because each group uses similar hashtags which is not obvious to most people which is which. Thankfully for whiskey lovers, the dates fall on separate days in separate months so there is no reason not to enjoy both days! There is not as much of a conflict with National Bourbon Day because it specifically celebrates "America's 'Native Spirit'" and not, generically, all whiskeys.

Ragnar Lodbrok Day   ... Denmark/Viking   ...March 28th

On March 28th of every year, we celebrate the capture of Paris in 845 by 5,000 Vikings led by the legenday Danish warlord Ragnar “Lodbrok” Sigurdsson. He demanded 7,000 pounds of silver in exchange for returning the city to the king of France. His raids terrorized Western France and England from approximately 835 to 865.
Ragnar was known as “Lodbrok” or “Hairy Breeches” for a pair of trousers, his wife made him a pair of trousers, boiled in pitch and rolled in sand as protection against dragons. These can be assumed to have been somewhat uncomfortable. Most of what we know about him is shrouded in legend, and even his existence is questionable.

National Black Forest Cake Day   ...USA   ...March 28th

Most often, the Black Forest cake is made of several layers of chocolate cake with whipped cream and cherries between each layer. The cake is then decorated with whipped cream, maraschino cherries and chocolate shavings.  In some traditional recipes, sour cherries are used between the layers and a Kirschwasser (a clear liquor distilled from tart cherries) is added to the cake.  In the United States, alcohol is usually not used. However, in Germany, the liqueur is a mandatory ingredient. Otherwise, the cake can not legally be sold under the Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte name. The cake is named after the specialty liquor (Schwarzwalder Kirschwasser) of the region of the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) mountain range in southwestern Germany.

National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day  U.S.A.   March 29th

Small businesses are a vital part of the United States economy.  These businesses are not always appreciated, as they should be, for the vital role that they play.  We can show them their much-deserved appreciation on National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day. Owning your own business is a goal that many people strive for.  It takes long hours, hard work and much dedication.  Countless hours of nurturing the business are needed in the process of growing the business.  From starting out to growing and expanding, a successful small business is the goal of every owner. 

National Vietnam War Veterans Day   ...USA   ...March 29th

It was on March 29, 1973, when combat and combat support units withdrew from South Vietnam. Generations later, Veterans of this time period are gaining the respect that was not so freely given upon their return. Involving five U.S. presidents, crossing nearly two decades and 500,000 U.S.military personnel, it left an indelible mark on the American psyche. Returning Veterans did not always receive respectful welcomes upon their arrive on American soil. There were 58,000 killed, never to return. National Vietnam War Veterans Day recognize the military service of these men and women who answered the call to service their country when she needed them. They didn’t make the decisions to go to war.

National Walk in the Park Day   U.S.A.    March 30th

Don't miss out on " Take a Walk in the Park Day". It is an opportunity for exercise and relaxation. Are you stressed out? A walk in the park is just what the doctor ordered. Its calming and therapeutic. Taken after a busy work day, it helps clear your mind and re-energize you. Or, take the walk during lunch and you will find the afternoon of work goes by quicker and easier. A walk in the park will likely be the most enjoyable part of your day. However, make sure to do so with a clear mind and with your eyes open. In addition to avoiding a fall, open eyes will allow you to take in the beauty of nature's wonders: flowers, and trees, birds, and wildlife.

Bali Spirit Festival   Bali   Late-March 19th - 26th 2017

You’re likely to find yoga teachers from more than a dozen countries and, yes, yoga is a foundational part of the BaliSpirit experience, with a variety of classes offered throughout the day and evening. Meghan Pappenheim, a Manhattan transplant well-known in Ubud for running a few different restaurants and creating the Yoga Barn, created the festival in 2008 as a means of connecting people to each other, to themselves, and to the vibrant and life-sustaining Balinese bliss. There are music and art classes, tours of local temples and spiritual sites, nutrition and health workshops, and a collection of family activities like Balinese dance for kids, circus tricks, and storytelling.

http://www.balispiritfestival.com/tickets

The Cesar Chavez's Day   U.S.A.   March 31st

The day is commemorated to promote service to the community in honor of Cesar Chavez's life and work. Some state government offices, community colleges, libraries, and public schools are closed. Texas also recognizes the day, and it is an optional holiday in Arizona (official holiday in the city of Phoenix, Arizona) and Colorado. Although it is not a federal holiday, President Barack Obama proclaimed March 31 as Cesar Chavez Day in the United States, with Americans being urged to "observe this day with appropriate service, community, and educational programs to honor Cesar Chavez's enduring legacy." In addition, there are celebrations in his honor in Arizona, Michigan, Nebraska, and New Mexico and has been observed in California since 1995, in Texas since 2000 and in Colorado since 2003 as state holidays (optional in Texas and Colorado).