Holding Pond - Morris Canal - March Holidays, 2016

March Holidays on Frugal Guidance 2

Our monthly holiday list is a new(ish) feature on Frugal Guidance 2. It can be used for:

  • Writing prompts for writers and bloggers,
  • Travellers,
  • Meeting planners,
  • Businesspeople,
  • Cooks and menu planners
  • Classical Music fans (especially the classical composer birthday list)
  • Partiers (who want an excuse for a party), and
  • People who create new celebrations for their cause.

March, 2016 International and United States Holidays

Whether it’s serious, political, celebratory, or just plain silly, we have lots of holidays this month.

March (in the northern hemisphere) marks the anticipation and beginning of spring, when farmers begin planting (or planning to plant – depending on how far north they live), but also when armies historically started planning new war campaigns (after the winter months of inactivity).

The name, March, comes from the Roman Martius, the Latin for Mars, the Greek God of War. But Mars was also the guardian of agricultural, which is why the name was appropriated for the beginning of spring. Martius was the first month of the Roman calendar as late as 153 BC and was once the time for New Year’s celebrations.

In Finnish, the month is called maaliskuu. The Saxons called it Lentmonat after the March equinox, and the term was later applied to the season of Lent. In some languages it was the month of birches.

Easter, West and East

In the western Christian church calendar, Easter will be on March 27th this year, marking the end of the penitential season of Lent. Palm Sunday, therefore is on March 20th, and Good Friday on March 25th. The eastern Orthodox church, however, celebrates Easter on May 1st this year, with the other holidays dated accordingly. The Orthodox church uses the Julian Calendar, not the Gregorian calendar, which is 13 days behind the Gregorian, so one might expect that Orthodox Easter would be two weeks after the Western Easter. But the Orthodox calendar schedule also follows the old Christian practice of scheduling Easter after the Jewish celebration of Passover, which is April 30th this year. This has the advantage of keeping Passover, which is also the celebration of The Last Supper, in sync with the events of Holy Week. But that also puts the western and eastern churches on very different Easter schedules this year.

The process of determining Easter is a bit complicated, depending on both the vernal Equinox (March 20th this year) and the phases of the moon. In the western church, Easter may not occur before the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Equinox. Easter occurs a week later if the first full moon is on a Sunday, so it doesn’t conflict with Passover. In any case, between 1753 and 2400, Easter always falls between March 22 and April 25. The Gregorian calendar equivalents for the Orthodox church are the dates April 3 to May 10.

For those who are curious, the Gregorian calendar was a reform of Pope Gregory XIII and introduced in October, 1582, because the Julian calendar was just a bit too long and was getting out of sync with the seasons (and probably some other reasons, too).

The Bahai Calendar

If those calendars seem confusing, consider that the Bahai religion celebrates its New Year (173 B.E.) on March 20th in the Gregorian calendar. The Bahai calendar consists of 19 months of 19 day each (361 days) with additional “intercalary” days to adjust to the solar year.


Those who follow collegiate sports in the United States know about the NCAA end-of-the-collegiate-basketball-season elimination tournament of 68 teams, called March Madness, although this year it begins March 15th and ends April 4th with the Championship game in Houston, Texas. For other sports,The 48th Biathlon World Championships will be in Oslo from March 3-13 with 11 different competitions. The U. S. Baseball season begins March 3rd. The European weightlifting Championships are March 10-16. The American NFL draft occurs March 28-30. For many more sports events, see Wikipedia’s sports calendar for March.

Birthstones and Flower

March’s birthstones are aquamarine and bloodstone, both symbolizing courage. March’s birth flower is the daffodil.

The following are selected international holidays and food holidays, as well as classical composer birthdays. We do not certify that all these dates are correct and you should double check if you need to absolutely know the correct dates. I’ve tried to be accurate, but mistakes happen.

March, 2016, Holidays and Celebrations – International Calendar
March, all month Women’s History Month
March, all month National Clean Up Your IRS Act Month
March, all month Colic Awareness Month
March, all month National Colorectal Cancer Education and Awareness Month
March, all month National Craft Month
March, all month Credit Education Month
March, all month Employee Spirit Month
March, all month Expanding Girls’ Horizons in Science and Engineering Month
March, all month Eye Donor Month, Natl
March, all month Humorists Are Artists Month
March, all month International Ideas Month
March, all month Irish-American Heritage Month
March, all month National Kidney Month
March, all month International Listening Awareness Month, Intl
March, all month Malignant Hyperthermia Awareness and Training Month
March, all month International Mirth Month
March, all month National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month
March, all month Music in Our Schools Month
March, all month National Nutrition Month
March, all month Optimism Month
March, all month Play-the-Recorder Month
March 13-April 15 Deaf History Month
March 29-May 3 National Kite Month
March 1-20 Conclusion of Pisces (Astrological)
March 21-31 Beginning of Aries (Astrological)
Tue, March 1 St. David’s Day (Welsh)
Tue, March 1 National Pig Day
Tue, March 1 Rwanda Heroes Day
Tue, March 1 Bosnia and Herzegovina Independence Day
Tue, March 1 Kazakhstan Day of Gratitude
Tue, March 1 Paraguay Day of Heroes
Tue, March 1 Independence Movement Day (South Korea)
Tue, March 1 Baba Marta (Bulgaria)
Tue, March 1 Instauration de la Republique (Switzerland)
Tue, March 1 International Women of Color Day
Tue, March 1 International Day of the Seal
Tue, March 1 Memorial Day (Marshall Islands)
Tue, March 1 Yap Day (Micronesia)
Tue, March 1 Martisor (Romania)
Tue, March 1 The Fast of Nineteen Days begins (Bahai)
Tue, March 1 Beer Day (Iceland)
Wed, March 2 Texas Independence Day (Texas, U.S.)
Wed, March 2 Read Across America Day (U.S.)
Wed, March 2 Old Stuff Day
Wed, March 2 Victory of Adwa (Ethiopia)
Wed, March 2 Peasants’ Day (Myanmar)
Thu, March 3 I Want You to be Happy Day
Thu, March 3 World Wildlife Day
Thu, March 3 If Pets Had Thumbs Day
Thu, March 3 National Anthem Day
Thu, March 3 Bulgarian Liberation Day
Thu, March 3 Mother’s Day (Georgia)
Thu, March 3 Peach Blossom Day
Thu, March 3 Martyr’s Day (Malawi)
Thu, March 3 National Unity Day (Sudan)
Thu, March 3 Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival) (Japan)
Thu, March 3 La fête du Trone (Morocco)
Thu, March 3 Daeboreum begins (Korean calandar, March 3-8)
Fri, March 4 Employee Appreciation Day
Fri, March 4 Holy Experiment Day
Fri, March 4 Hug a GI Day
Fri, March 4 National Salesperson Day
Fri, March 4 Bridge Holiday (Bulgaria)
Fri, March 4 Arrival of First Missionaries (French Polynesia)
Fri, March 4 Customs Chiefs Day (Vanuatu)
Fri, March 4 National Tree Planting Day (Iran)
Sat, March 5 Multiple Personality Day
Sun, March 6 Ghanian Independence Day
Sun, March 6 Mothering Sunday (Ireland & United Kingdom)
Sun, March 6 End of the Battle of the Alamo (Texas)
Mon, March 7 Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)
Mon, March 7 Peace Corps Day (U.S.)
Mon, March 7 Casimir Pulaski Day (U.S.)
Mon, March 7 Grandmother’s Day (France)
Tue, March 8 Decoration Day (Liberia)
Tue, March 8 International Women’s Day
Tue, March 8 Be Nasty Day
Tue, March 8 Mother’s Day (Bulgaria)
Tue, March 8 San Juan de Dios (Peru)
Wed, March 9 Panic Day
Wed, March 9 Hari Raya Nyepi (Indonesia-Balinese Hindu New Year)
Wed, March 9 Baron Bliss Day (Belize)
Thu, March 10 World Kidney Day
Thu, March 10 Middle Name Pride Day
Thu, March 10 Popcorn Lover’s Day
Thu, March 10 Dry Season Celebration (Myanmar)
Thu, March 10 Harriet Tubman Day (U.S.)
Fri, March 11 Johnny Appleseed Day
Fri, March 11 Worship of Tools Day
Fri, March 11 Restoration of Independence Day (Lithuania)
Fri, March 11 Commonwealth Day (Tuvalu)
Sat, March 12 Crown Princess’ Nameday (Sweden)
Sat, March 12 Plant a Flowere Day
Sat, March 12 National Day (Mauritius)
Sat, March 12 Youth Day (Zambia)
Sat, March 12 Arbor Day (China)
Sat, March 12 Girl Scout Day (U.S.)
Sat, March 12 Moshoeshoe’s Day (Lesotho)
Sat, March 12 Renovation Day (Gabon)
Sun, March 13 Cheesefare Sunday (Orthodox Christian)
Sun, March 13 L. Ron Hubbard birthday (Scientology)
Sun, March 13 Daylight Savings Time Begins (U.S.) 2:00 AM
Sun, March 13 Ear Muff Day
Sun, March 13 Jewel Day
Sun, March 13 Revolutionary Attack on the Presidential Palace (Cuba)
Mon, March 14 Eastern Orthodox Lent Begins
Mon, March 14 Learn about Butterflies Day
Mon, March 14 National Pi Day (i.e. 3.14) (Bake a Pi(e))
Mon, March 14 Summer Day (Albania)
Mon, March 14 Green Monday (Cyprus)
Mon, March 14 Commonwealth Day (Commonwealth of Nations)
Mon, March 14 Constitution Day (Andorra)
Mon, March 14 Señor del Cautivo (Peru)
Mon, March 14 White Day (Japan)
Mon, March 14 World Book Day
Mon, March 14 Sikh New Year
Tue, March 15 Dumbstruck Day
Tue, March 15 Everything You Think is Wrong Day
Tue, March 15 Ides of March
Tue, March 15 Absolutely Incredible Kid Day
Tue, March 15 Belarus Constitution Day
Tue, March 15 Hungarian National Day
Tue, March 15 National Agriculture Day
Wed, March 16 Freedom of Information Day (James Madison Birthday)
Wed, March 16 Everything You Do is Right Day
Wed, March 16 Loco Davi (manger du bois rituel) (Haiti, voodoo)
Wed, March 16 St. Urho’s Day (Finland)
Wed, March 16 Belgian National Festival of Trees
Thu, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day
Thu, March 17 Submarine Day (creation of the U.S. Submarine force-1900)
Thu, March 17 Camp Fire Boys & Girls Founders Day (U.S.)
Fri, March 18 Goddess of Fertility Day
Fri, March 18 Supreme Sacrifice Day
Fri, March 18 National Flag & Anthem Day (Aruba)
Fri, March 18 Soldier’s Day (Mongolia)
Sat, March 19 National Quilting Day
Sat, March 19 Poultry Day
Sat, March 19 St. Joseph’s Day (Fathers Day in many countries)
Sat, March 19 Amalaka Ekadashi (Hindu)
Sat, March 19 Bhumchu (Tibetan calendar, March 19-20)
Sat, March 19 Earth Hour (8:30-9:30 pm local time) (International)
Sun, March 20 Palm Sunday–Holy Week begins (Christian)
Sun, March 20 March Equinox (Spring Begins–Northern Hemisphere)
Sun, March 20 World Youth Day (Catholic)
Sun, March 20 International Earth Day
Sun, March 20 Ostara (northern hemisphere); Mabon (southern hemisphere) (Wicca-Pagan)
Sun, March 20 Bahai New Year (Feast of Splendor)
Sun, March 20 Extraterrestrial Abductions Day (Hey, I’m not making these up!)
Sun, March 20 Proposal Day (the marriage kind)
Sun, March 20 Novruz begins (Azerbaijan)
Sun, March 20 Tunisian Independance Day
Sun, March 20 Eid Norooz begins (Iraq)
Sun, March 20 Independence Day (Tunisia)
Sun, March 20 Legba Zaou (Voodoo)
Sun, March 20 World Frog Day
Sun, March 20 International Astrology Day
Mon, March 21 Holy Monday (Christian)
Mon, March 21 Norooz, New Year (Persian/Zoroastrian)
Mon, March 21 Naw-Rúz, New Year (Baha’i)
Mon, March 21 Beginning of Holy Week (Christian)
Mon, March 21 Credit Card Reduction Day
Mon, March 21 Fragrance Day
Mon, March 21 Benito Juarez’s Birthday (Mexico)
Mon, March 21 Human Rights Day (South Africa)
Mon, March 21 Nauryz begins (Kazakhstan)
Mon, March 21 Independence Day (Namibia)
Mon, March 21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Mon, March 21 International Day of Forests
Mon, March 21 World Poetry Day
Mon, March 21 Mother’s Day (Egypt, Syria)
Mon, March 21 Youth Day (Tunisia)
Mon, March 21 World Down Syndrome Day
Mon, March 21 Shunbun no Hi (Shinto)
Tue, March 22 Holy Tuesday (Christian)
Tue, March 22 National Goof-Off Day
Tue, March 22 Nevruz begins (Albania)
Tue, March 22 Madin Full Moon Poya (Sri Lanka)
Tue, March 22 Full Moon Day of Tabaung (Myanmar)
Tue, March 22 Day of the People’s Party (Laos)
Tue, March 22 World Day for Water
Tue, March 22 Emancipation Day (Puerto Rico)
Wed, March 23 Magha Puja Day (Buddhist)
Wed, March 23 Holy Wednesday (Christian)
Wed, March 23 Near Miss Day
Wed, March 23 Pakistan Day
Wed, March 23 World Meteorological Day
Wed, March 23 Purim begins at sunset (Jewish)
Thu, March 24 Maundy Thursday (Christian)
Thu, March 24 Purim ends at sunset (Jewish)
Thu, March 24 Hola Mohalia (Sikh)
Thu, March 24 Truth and Justice Memorial Day (Argentina)
Thu, March 24 Covenant Day (Northern Marianas)
Thu, March 24 National Tree Planting Day (Uganda)
Fri, March 25 Greek Independence Day
Fri, March 25 Good Friday (Christian)
Fri, March 25 Anniversary of the Arengo (San Marino)
Fri, March 25 Commemoration Day of the Victims of the Communist Terror (Latvia)
Sat, March 26 Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil
Sat, March 26 Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
Sat, March 26 Bangladesh Independence Day
Sat, March 26 Day of Democracy (Mali)
Sat, March 26 Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole Day (Hawaii)
Sat, March 26 Youth Day (Vietnam)
Sat, March 26 Khordad Sal (Fasli) (Zoroastrian)
Sun, March 27 Easter Sunday (Christian)
Sun, March 27 Summer Time Begins (European daylight savings time)
Sun, March 27 Myanmar Armed Forces Day
Sun, March 27 National “Joe” Day (Rename yourself Joe today)
Sun, March 27 Mount Arafat Day (Kuwait)
Mon, March 28 Dyngus Day (started in Poland)
Mon, March 28 Family Day (South Africa)
Mon, March 28 Constitution Day (Serbia)
Tue, March 29 National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day
Tue, March 29 Smoke and Mirrors Day
Tue, March 29 Boganda Day (Central African Republic)
Tue, March 29 Memorial Day (Madagascar)
Tue, March 29 Youth Day (Taiwan)
Wed, March 30 National Doctors’ Day
Wed, March 30 I am in Control Day
Wed, March 30 Take a Walk in the Park Day
Wed, March 30 Spiritual Baptist Liberation Shouter Day (Trinidad and Tobago)
Thu, March 31 César Chavez Day (California, Colorado, Texas)
Thu, March 31 Bunsen Burner Day
Thu, March 31 Freedom Day (Malta)
Thu, March 31 Culture Day (Pohnpei) (Micronesia)
Thu, March 31 Domingo de Ramos (Peru)
Thu, March 31 Transfer Day (U.S. Virgin Islands)
Thu, March 31 Last day of the fiscal year and school year in Japan

Dogwood Blossom - Shreveport - March Holidays on Frugal Guidance 2

Food Celebrations

Some of these are real, legislated, food holidays (mostly in the United States), but most are silly. Most of these came from The Nibble, which also features recipes, e-postcards and more.

March, 2016, Food Holidays
March, all month National Frozen Food Month
March, all month National Peanut Month
March, all month National Nutrition Month
March, all month National Celery Month
March, all month National Flour Month
March, all month National Noodle Month
March, all month National Peanut Month
March, all month National Sauce Month
March, all month National Caffeine Awareness Month
March, second week Chocolate Chip Cookie Week
March, third week American Chocolate Week
Tue, March 1 Peanut Butter Lover’s Day
Tue, March 1 National Fruit Compote Day
Wed, March 2 National Banana Cream Pie Day
Thu, March 3 National Cold Cuts Day
Thu, March 3 National Mulled Wind Day
Fri, March 4 National Pound Cake Day
Sat, March 5 National Cheese Doodle Day
Sat, March 5 National Absinthe Day
Sun, March 6 Nathional Frozen Food Day
Sun, March 6 National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day
Mon, March 7 National Crown Roast of Port Day
Mon, March 7 National Cereal Day
Tue, March 8 National Peanut Cluster Day
Wed, March 9 National Crabmeat Day
Wed, March 9 National Meatball Day
Thu, March 10 National Blueberry Popover Day
Fri, March 11 Oatmeal-Nut Waffles Day
Sat, March 12 National Baked Scallops Day
Sun, March 13 Coconut Torte Day
Mon, March 14 National Potato Chip Day
Mon, March 14 Bake a pie for National Pi Day (3.14)
Tue, March 15 National Agriculture Day
Wed, March 16 National Artichoke Hearts Day
Thu, March 17 Corned Beef and Cabbage Day (St. Patrick’s Day)
Fri, March 18 Oatmeal Cookie Day
Sat, March 19 National Chocolate Caramel Day
Sun, March 20 Bock Beer Day
Sun, March 20 National Ravioli Day
Mon, March 21 California Strawberry Day
Mon, March 21 National French Bread Day
Tue, March 22 Coq Au Vin Day
Wed, March 23 Melba Toast Day
Wed, March 23 National Chip and Dip Day
Thu, March 24 National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day
Fri, March 25 Pecan Day
Fri, March 25 Waffle Day (Sweden)
Fri, March 25 Hot Cross Bun Day (Good Friday)
Sat, March 26 National Spinach Day
Sun, March 27 Baked Ham with Pineapple Day (Easter)
Sun, March 27 National Spanish Paella Day
Mon, March 28 Something on a Stick Day
Tue, March 29 National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day
Wed, March 30 Turkey Neck Soup Day
Thu, March 31 National Clam on the Half Shell Day
Thu, March 31 Oranges and Lemons Day
Bust of Franz Joseph Haydn

Happy 284th Birthday, Franz Joseph Haydn

Classical Composers’ Birthdays

Composer Birthdays – March
March 1, 1810 Frederic Chopin
March 1, 1826 John Thomas
March 2, 1813 Sir George Alexander Macfarren
March 2, 1824 Bedřich Friedrich Smetana
March 2, 1900 Kurt Weill
March 2, 1921 Robert Simpson
March 3, 1891 Federico Moreno Torroba
March 4, 1678 Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
March 4, 1915 Carlos Surinach
March 5, 1845 Alphonse Hasselmans
March 5, 1853 Arthur William Foote
March 5, 1887 Heitor Villa-Lobos
March 6, 1785 Karol Kazimierz Kurpinski
March 7, 1858 Nikolai Artzibushev
March 7, 1875 Joseph Maurice Ravel
March 7, 1887 Heino Eller
March 8, 1714 Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
March 8, 1911 Alan Hovhaness
March 9, 1737 Josef Myslivecek
March 9, 1910 Samuel Barber
March 10, 1839 Dudley Buck
March 10, 1844 Pablo Martin Meliton de Sarasate
March 10, 1892 Arthur Oscar Honegger
March 12, 1710 Thomas Augustine Arne
March 12, 1837 Felix Alexandre Guilmant
March 13, 1700 Michel Blavet
March 13, 1860 Hugo Wolf
March 14, 1681 Georg Philipp Telemann
March 14, 1727 Johann Gottlieb Goldberg
March 14, 1804 Johann Strauss, Sr.
March 15, 1835 Eduard Strauss
March 15, 1864 Johan Halvorsen
March 17, 1839 Josef Gabriel Ritter von Rheinberger
March 18, 1844 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
March 18, 1881 Paul Le Flem
March 18, 1882 Gian Francesco Malipiero
March 19, 1767 Leonhard von Call
March 19, 1816 Johannes Verhulst
March 19, 1873 Max Reger
March 19, 1907 Elizabeth Maconchy
March 19, 1929 Robert Muczynski
March 20, 1918 Bernd Alois Zimmermann
March 21, 1685 Johann Sebastian Bach
March 21, 1839 Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
March 22, 1865 Theophile Ysaye
March 22, 1868 Hamish Maccunn
March 22, 1948 Andrew Lloyd Webber
March 23, 1750 Johann Matthias Sperger
March 23, 1834 Julius Reubke
March 23, 1878 Franz Schreker
March 25, 1699 Johann Adolph Hasse
March 25, 1784 François-Joseph Fetis
March 25, 1881 Bela Bartok
March 25, 1882 Haydn Wood
March 26, 1859 Nikolai Alexandrovich Sokolov
March 26, 1923 James Clifton Williams
March 27, 1851 Paul-Marie-Theodore-Vincent D’indy
March 27, 1892 Ferde Ferdinand Rudolph von Grofe
March 29, 1725 Joseph Franz Xaver Dominik Stalder
March 29, 1902 Sir William Turner Walton
March 29, 1936 Richard Rodney Bennett
March 30, 1772 Johan Willem Wilms
March 31, 1684 Francesco Durante
March 31, 1732 Franz Joseph Haydn
March 31, 1747 Johann Abraham Peter Schulz


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