March Facts and Events

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MARCH
FACTS ABOUT MARCH

According to the Georgian calendar, March is the third month of the year. According to the early Roman calendar, it was the first month and was called Martius. The ancient Romans later made January 1 the beginning of the year, and March became the third month on the calendar. March has always had 31 days. Its name honors Mars, the Roman God of war.

The winter ends with March, and end comes Spring. Spring in the northern half of the world begins with March 19, 20, or 21. Its the day when the sun is directly over the equator. March can either fill wintry or springy, with as many blustery, windy days as there are mild, sunny days.

In the northern hemisphere, the animals end their hibernation and many plants come to life again in March. The sap flows in the trees again, and the buds begin to show up. Bears, woodchucks, and chipmunks leave their hibernating spots. People begin to start looking for the first robin, for the beginning of Spring arrival.

There are no national holidays in March, but there are important state and religious holidays celebrated.

  • Nebraskans celebrate the admission of their state to the Union on March 1.
  • Texas celebrates March 2 as the anniversary of its independence from Mexico.
  • On March 4, the people of Pennsylvania commemorate the granting of the state's charter to William Penn in 1681.
  • The Irish celebrate March 17 as the feast day of St. Patrick.
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  • In Maryland, March 25 is set apart for a celebration of the arrival of the first Maryland colonists in 1634.
  • The Jewish festival of Purim usually occurs in March. It is held on the day corresponding to the 14th day of Adar on the Hebrew calendar.

POPULAR BELIEFS in MARCH

There are many superstitions about March. We often hear that "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb." This means that the first day of March is often stormy, and the last day is mild and warm. Another saying is, "April borrowed from March three days, and they were ill." This refers to the first three days of April, which are generally rough and blustery like March. A third saying calls the first three days of March "blind days" because they are "unlucky." If rain falls on these days, farmers supposedly will have poor harvests.

Source - World Book Millenium 2000

  • The bloodstone and aquamarine are the birthstones for March.

  • The violet is the flower for the month of March.

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MARCH QUOTE

The year's at the spring
And day's at the morn; ...
God's in His heaven--
All's right with the world!

Source - Robert Browning

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