Happy March! What to look forward to this month...

by - Friday, March 01, 2019

Happy White Rabbi Day lovely readers! For me, the first of March signals the dawn of a new season. Here in the UK, a week of balmy weather has made it feel as though Spring has started already (though this time last year, we were almost knee-deep in snow!). The high street is already displaying it's Spring and Summer wares, while snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils are peeking their colourful heads above ground.

Speaking of daffodils... Today is Saint David's Day, the patron saint of Wales. It's said that Saint David lived for over 100 years, and performed several miraculous feats, including raising the ground he was standing on into a hill so that he people listening to him speak could hear more clearly.

Here's what else we can look forward to this month:

5th March - Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)

Shrove Tuesday marks the start of Lent: the 40 days before Easter when traditionally Christians would fast. On this day, eggs, butter and stocks of fat were used up to ensure no temptations were present in the larder. Originating before the 16th century, the tradition has remained with us in England and evolved into Pancake Day when we look forward to enjoying the sweet (or savoury) treat!

Credit: Irene Mai

7th March - World Book Day

The first Thursday of March is the date we celebrate World Book Day here in the UK. It is a day when we celebrate the written word and encourage literacy, particularly for our children.

I'll be working on a post about this over the weekend, but in the meantime check out the World Book Day website to learn more.

8th March - International Women's Day

International women's Day has been celebrated across the world on March 8th since women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917. On this day, we celebrate the amazing social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women, while campaigning for greater progress towards gender equality.

This year's campaign theme is #BalanceForBetter. As explained on the official website:
From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We notice its absence and celebrate its presence.
We're all encouraged to post our #IWD2019 message on social media with our "hands out" balance pose for a strong call-to-action for others to also help forge a #BalanceforBetter.

For more information and to see what events are happening near you, be sure to check out the official International Women's Day website.

18th March - Saint Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick is the patron Saint of Ireland, who - according to legend - rid Ireland of snakes. Once a traditional feast day, it has evolved into a celebratory day where people around the world wear green or attend gatherings to eat Irish food and drinks.

31st March - British Summer Time begins!

At 1am, we'll turn our clocks forward one hour and lament the hour we'll miss in bed... Bu since it's the official start of Summer, we have a lot to look forward to!

Credit: Tristan Martin

What are you looking forward to celebrating in March? Please feel free to leave your comments below.

Credits: Header image: ausey00, via Flickr. 

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