March 2017

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I went on vacation not much this month.

March 2017

  • Workplace Eye Wellness Month
  • Brain Injury Awareness Month
  • National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month ­
  • National Kidney Month ­
  • National Nutrition Month ­
  • Mar 05, 2017 Multiple Personality Day
  • Mar 09, 2017 World Kidney Day
  • Mar 21, 2017 World Down Syndrome Day
  • Mar 24, 2017 World Tuberculosis Day
  1. Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer.

Ashes on forehandAsh Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday, and is chiefly observed by Catholics, although many other Christians observe it too.

Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person’s forehead, he speaks the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Alternatively, the priest may speak the words, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”

Ashes also symbolize grief, in this case, grief that we have sinned and caused division from God.

Writings from the Second-century Church refer to the wearing of ashes as a sign of penance.

Priests administer ashes during Mass and all are invited to accept the ashes as a visible symbol of penance. Even non-Christians and the excommunicated are welcome to receive the ashes. The ashes are made from blessed palm branches, taken from the previous year’s palm Sunday Mass.

2. Why I celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

3. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

 

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The 3rd month of the year brings us Palm Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day, and the start of Spring.

In the Georgian calendar, the calendar that most of the world uses, March is the third month of the year. However, it was the first month and named Martius in the early Roman calendar. Later, the ancient Romans made January to be the first month so March became the third month, which always had 31 days. The name Mars was named after the Roman god of war. In March, the winter ends and spring begins. In the northern half of the world, spring begins in March 19-21, which is the day when the sun is directly over the equator. At this time, the animals end hibernation and begin to show up.

Below are some fun facts about March:

  1. The birthstone for March is the aquamarine.
  2. The zodiac signs for March are Aries (March 21 – April 19) and Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
  3. The birth flower for March is daffodil.
  4. American Red Cross Month
  5. Fire Prevention Month
  6. Women’s History Month
  7. National Reading Day
  8. Saint David’s Day
  9. World Math’s Day – the first Wednesday in March
  10. March 1 is the date the Nebraskans celebrate the admission of their state to the union.
  11. March 2nd is celebrated by Texas as the anniversary of its independence from Mexico.
  12. On March 4, 1681, William Penn was granted Pennsylvania’s royal charter.
  13. March 25th is celebrated by people in Maryland to commemorate the arrival of the first Maryland colonists in 1634.
  14. Purim, a Jewish festival usually occurs in March. It is held on the day corresponding to the 14th day of Adar on the Hebrew calendar.
  15. March 8 – International Women’s Day
  16. March 14 – Pi Day
  17. March 19 – Saint Joseph’s Day
  18. March 22 – World Water Day
  19. March 23 – Pakistan Day
  20. March 26 – Bangladeshi Independence Day

2. Pi Day

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

3. St Patrick’s Day

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