Celebrate These Fun, Unusual, Unique Holidays in March
February is a short month and when March arrives, we look to the weather in the hopes that it will change for the better and warmth is on its way, even if it’s not here already. No matter what the weather, there are numerous holidays to enjoy while waiting for it to warm up. These holidays, however, aren't likely to be familiar to you.
There is an abundance of holidays for every day of the month. While there are traditional holidays in March that are celebrated around the world, such as St. Patrick's Day (U.S., Northern Ireland), St. David's Day (Wales), Epiphany (Italy), Harmony Day (Australia), Freedom Day (Malta), and Day of the Sea (Bolivia), there are also numerous others that are fun, wacky or bizarre. Plus, they can be celebrated almost anywhere. Make sure to schedule some of these holidays into your month for a great March when setting your clocks for daylight saving time.
March 1 - National Pig Day
This holidays celebrates domesticated pigs. The day was created to make people aware of the high degree of intelligence possessed by pigs. Pot belly pigs are a symbol for this day. Often celebrated in zoos, where you can participate in Snort Offs, Pig Outs, and online Pig Chats.
March 2 - Dr. Seuss Day
This annual holiday is a favorite everywhere. It is held on the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel – more widely known by his pen name Dr. Seuss under which which he authored over 60 children’s books. During the 1990s, the National Education Association advocated for a day to celebrate reading all over the United States. In 1998, the National Education Association decided to honor the contribution made by Dr. Seuss to children’s literature . It started Read Across America and declared it would be held on the same day as Dr. Seuss’ birthday. So pull out your favorite Dr. Seuss book, dress up like the Cat in the Hat, or start a sing a long of your favorite Seussical the Musical songs. You can also get involved in community programs held on this day at many public libraries across the country. You can also go to the NEA website and download a number of activities and lesson plans for kids and teens. They also have a link to events that are being held on this day nationwide. If you don’t live in the U.S. you can still celebrate this holiday by volunteering at your local library to help children who may have reading problems. Many libraries also have programs where volunteers read stories to young children.
I Dare You Not to Dance During the Seussical Clip!
March 3 - I Want You To Be Happy Day
"I Want You to be Happy Day" is a day dedicated to doing something that will make someone you care about happy. Some simple ideas for this day include sending Ecards, making phone calls, complimenting others, cooking something special, babysitting a child and sending their parents out on a date. There is no end to the ways you can make others happy.
March 5 - National Cheese Doodle Day
This is the day for orange fingers and the taste of chalky cheese on your tongue. Celebrate this cheddar cheese coated, puffed or crunchy, fried or baked snack by grabbing a bag or two and sharing with friends. Take them with you to keep the celebration going and to offer to others when you educate them on this important holiday.
Easy Recipe for Homemade Cheese Doodles
6 tablespoons (3 ounces) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
½ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon celery salt
⅛ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons yellow cornmeal
1 ¼ cup sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded
3 tablespoons Cheddar cheese powder
½ teaspoon buttermilk powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cornstarch
⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
Make the Cheese Doodles:
In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter, salt, celery salt, onion powder and garlic powder at low to medium low speed for 2 minutes or until fully combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Pour in the flour, cornmeal, and shredded cheese. Mix on low speed until dough forms. Dough should be firm and shouldn’t stick to hands when handled.
Coat hands with flour and roll dough into a rough ball. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for two hours (You can cut this to one hour if you first freeze for 15 minutes then refrigerate for 45 minutes).
Line two baking trays with parchment paper, remove dough from refrigerator and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Pinch off a small amount of dough and roll between your hand to form a rough log shape. Place on baking tray. It is fine to place the pieces close together as they won’t expand when baking. As the dough warms to room temperature, if it becomes sticky add a pit of flour and knead slightly. You can also keep your hands coated with flour to decrease any stickiness.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until the puffs are no longer shiny and just starting to brown.
Remove from over, transfer to a wire wrack and cool.
Make the Coating
Place the cheese powder, buttermilk powder, garlic powder, salt, and cornstarch in a spice grinder or mini food processor and blend for 10 to 15 seconds to blend. You can also use a sifter if you don’t have a grinder of food processor to mix these ingredients, though you should sift twice to make sure the ingredients are evenly mixed.
Pour ½ of the ingredients into a large zip lock bag.
Add ½ of the cooled cheese doodles and seal the bag. Shake gently until coated completely.
Pour the other half of the ingredients into another large zip lock bag, add the rest of the cheese doodles, seal, and shake.
If there is excess coating, place the cheese doodles in a sieve or colander and shake carefully to remove extra.
Cheese doodles can be left in the zip lock bags or transferred to an airtight container and store at room temperature. They can be kept for up to 10 days.
March 12 (Day after Daylight Saving Time) - National Napping Day
This day is celebrated in countries that observe Daylight Savings Time. It is meant to give you the chance to catch up on the hour of sleep you lost due to the time change. Research has shown that napping is great for your physical and mental health, attention, concentration, memory, creativity, productivity and mood. Studies suggest that even 10-20 minute naps taken at midday when you become tired.
There are still some places in the world where it is a custom to have a mid afternoon nap such as the siesta in Spain. Many tech companies have installed nap pods for their employees. They encourage their workers to take short naps during the day. Nationwide Planning Associates help businesses design nap rooms to help boost employee performance and work satisfaction.
Even if you aren’t the napping type, you can gain these benefits by just finding a tired spot and closing your eyes for 10-15 minute even if you don’t fall asleep. Tell your body to relax and perhaps add some music if that helps you relax. Let go of whatever might be stressing you out and let your mind just go blank. You will find the rest of your day is better after a nap.
March 15 - Everything You Think Is Wrong Day
This day has a couple of purposes. First, it allows people to avoid having to make decisions for one day. It is also intended to point out to some people that they are not always right. Today, avoid saying, “I think that. . . “ because today everything you think is wrong. For all you know-it-alls out there who may find this day distressing, just hold on, because March 16 is for you.
March 16 - Everything You Do Is Right Day
If March 15th was difficult for you, today is a day to recover. On March 16th you get to feel great about everything you do. This is a day to concentrate on doing what makes you happy. Make time to have coffee with positive, upbeat people, Engage in a hobby that you love. Do something you’ve wanted to do for a while but came up with excuses not to, whether it was money, time or something else. Use the day to de-stress by going to a spa, taking a yoga class or just sitting in front of the t.v. with a pizza and tub of ice cream and binge watch your favorite program. Pay it forward and help cheer up someone who seems to be having a rough day.
March 18 - Goddess of Fertility Day
Goddess of Fertility Day the gods and goddesses of fertility, especially Aphrodite the best known goddess of fertility. In ancient times, people would visit Aphrodite’s temple, pray and make offerings when wanting to start a family. If you have decided to try to have children, take advantage of the day. If you’d like to avoid this life stage at the current time however, you would likely want to consider abstinence until the day has passed.
March 20 - International Day of Happiness
Created by the UN General Assembly who recognized happiness as a “fundamental human goal” the International Day of Happiness was celebrated for the first time in 2013. This was a momentous action as all 193 United Nations member states voted to adopt a resolution calling for happiness to become a greater priority. The holiday is celebrated around the world. This move was even noted by celebrities such as WIlliam Pherral who whose song "Happy" became the unofficial anthem of the day.
Each year there is a theme. The theme for 2018 was Share Happiness which focused on the importance of others in our lives, treating each other with kindness, helping each other whenever possible relationships, kindness and helping each other. There is a website with several sections that will help you celebrate the International Day of Happiness by increasing your own and others happiness.
Happy by Pherral Williams
“International Day of Happiness has struck a chord. There were celebrations all over the world: meditation in Bhutan, happy flash mobs in London, laughter yoga in Hong Kong and screenings of the film Happy in coffee shops all over the world. The day had a trending hashtag on twitter and its own website dayofhappiness.net”— — USA Today (March 2013)
March 20 - Extraterrestrial Abduction Day
March 20th is also a special holiday created for all of you who have been or know of someone who has been abducted by aliens. No one is sure who came up with this day, however it is believed this is likely because they have been abducted. The perpetrators are thought to have fled the scene in a fast moving, saucer shaped flying vehicle.
Extraterrestrial Abduction Day is a time to stay alert, keep watch on the sky and be ready to run, dodge, duck, and dive as those from other planets use this day to abduct humans who aren’t careful. It is a good idea to have several hiding places nearby that you can reach quickly just in case. If you are one of those people who are hoping to get abducted so you can visit other planets, make sure you think this through as there is no telling what the cost of such a journey might be or if you will ever be returned.
You can observe this day even in your hiding place by by reading and watching science fiction stories about aliens, UFOs and all things otherworldly. Just make sure to stay out of sight.
March 22 - National Goof Off Day
This is a day for everyone. It’s a day to do anything you want except whatever it is you are supposed to do. As long it won’t cause you problems at work, school or in your family, take the day to play golf, go to the beach, binge watch cartoons or surf the net. Go window shopping with friends, go to the movies or theater or read several good books or maybe just play video games all day. Forget avoiding Facebook and wile away the hours on silly posts, joining new groups or participating in member posted activities.
March 23 - National Puppy Day
What better reason for a holiday than to celebrate man’s best friend. There are tons of ways to celebrate this day. Try some of the following suggestions and see why National Puppy Day brings smiles to the faces of people everywhere.
Adopt a puppy from your local shelter or rescue organization.
Take some new pictures of your puppy
Donate money, leashes, collars, brushes/grooming tools, food, pet beds and toys to your local shelter.
Buy your puppy a new toy
Help someone who is ill or elderly by offering to walk their puppy
Take your puppy to the beach
Have a puppy party for neighborhood puppies and their humans 8. Join a puppy friendly social media community and post pics of your puppy for everyone to see.
Volunteer to walk a puppy or play with a puppy at a local shelter.
March 25 - Waffle Day
Observed in Sweden along with several other countries in the world, Waffle Day is a holiday when these delicious hotcakes are celebrated. The best way to celebrate this day is to enjoy a large serving of waggles with any one of a number of toppings of fillings. Try them with chocolate chips or chocolate sauce, peanut butter, jam or any type of syrup you choose. If you prefer a non-sweet version try them with a soft cheese such as cream cheese or ricotta. If you are in a particularly daring mood, take two and make a sandwich out of them. You can even use them in place of bread for a grilled cheese sandwich or in place of the graham crackers for s'mores. Bananas and peanut butter is always a favorite and Nutella or a similar chocolate or hazelnut spread makes a delicious snack or dessert option.
March 26 - Make Your Own Holiday Day
If none of the holidays mentioned here seem to excited you, then March 26 is the perfect day to make up your own holiday. Turn the day into anything you want. Creating a National Holiday or special day isn’t easy and involves a lot of effort and red tape. Plus you have to find a way to convince your local representative as generally only an official act of the legislature or government can serve as a declaration of a holiday. You can struggle for years only still to have your suggestion turned down flat. Today you get to skip all of that trouble and make a special day of any kind. Think of a creative, meaningful, or quirky idea for a special day and get friends and family together for its first annual celebration!
Some ideas for new holidays are listed on the Counting My Blessings Website. They include:
Celebrate your family – The _________ Family Holiday.
Celebrate your favorite game – Scrabble or Monopoly Day.
Celebrate small accomplishments – I Survived the Day Day, I Cleaned My Closets Day, or I Did Everything On My To-Do List.
Celebrate your faith – Thankful for Faith Day.
Celebrate forgiveness – Forgive Myself Day or Forgive __________ Day.
Celebrate something that makes you happy – Dance for No Reason Day or Buy a Bunch of Flowers Day.
Celebrate your creativity – Make Your Favorite Recipe Day.
Celebrate your favorite book or movie – Hobbit Day, Frozen Day, The Wizard of Oz, or Spiderman.
Celebrate your favorite food – Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, Fried Pickle Day, Burrito Day, etc.
Celebrate everything – Scrabble Faith Forgiveness Chocolate Chip Cookie Day.
If you want recognition for your holiday or you want to use it to promote something you can start publicizing it a month or two before. There are a number of websites and calendars on which you can have your new holiday listed. Just do a Google search to get started.
March 30 - National I Am In Control Day
This holiday started after the assassination attempt was made on President Reagan which occurred on March 30th. While the President was in surgery, the Secretary of State, Alexander Haig made the statement, “As of now, I am in control here in the White House.” He was criticized by the media and many others in the country given he was not next in line to run the country. Haig tried to dispel the tension by explaining that he meant he was in charge just until Vice President Bush could arrive and be sworn in.
This day is not meant as a day for you to take control over a country, even a small one. It is a day to identify things you need to get under control in your life on a day to day basis and make plans to enable this to happen.
- Start using a daily planner and record your daily schedule
- De-clutter your room, apartment or house, office
- Break big jobs down into smaller steps and start working through them
- Buy organizing bins or containers for things you keep in junk drawers
- Clean out and organize your closet
- Clean out your refrigerator and pantry, getting rid of things that are expired
- Make lists
- Tackle one project at a time
- Work on organizational skills
- Create a list of people who might help you with difficult goals
- Talk with someone and ask for advice on how to gain control in your life
- Make a list of appointment you have coming up and put it somewhere noticeable as well as in your planner
- If you find yourself spending too much time on single activities, create a schedule for them and stick to it
These holidays can serve as a reminder that you don’t need a set holiday to make a day yours. Every day can be a holiday, a bizarre day, a wacky day, a unique day or a special day. No matter what your mood may be you can find something to celebrate even without a recognized holiday. Just make up a reason to rejoice and you can join in the fun each and every day of the year.
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