This is a continuum from a previous article. If you want to see the March holidays for week 1, visit here.
8. Mardi Gras: Mardi Gras, translated to “Fat Tuesday” in French and formally referred to as “Shrove Tuesday”, is traditionally the Roman Catholic day for excessive feasting and indulging before the fasting that begins on the next day. Louisiana is the only state where Mardi Gras is a legal holiday, although exaggerated festivities take place in other states as well. New Orleans is the most popular Mardi Gras destination, where beads, masks, costumes, parades, floats, King cake, and music are a family event.
Organize Your Home Office Day: Offices can become cluttered and disheveled. Home offices are no exception. Use this day to free up space and nip away at to-do lists. Place essential items within reach on the desktop and less-used items out of reach. Items that are rarely used should be kept in cabinets or under the desk to allow space for other stuff. Organize mail into separate piles, such as “read”, “unread”, and “take care of ASAP”. Hopefully, by the end of the day, many home offices will be less stressful and mostly clutter-free.
9. Ash Wednesday: Ash Wednesday occurs 46 days before Easter, though some people calculate is as 40 days before Easter, not counting the Sundays. It is Catholics’ first day of Lent, and as a sign of repentance, followers receive an ash cross on their foreheads. The ash is typically mixed with a sacred oil, though some churches use ordinary oil.
Barbie Day: Barbie, whose real name is Barbra Millicent Roberts, has not aged at all during her 52 years of fun. She was introduced on March 9, 1959 at New York’s American International Toy Fair, the day that became her official birthday. Even though Mattel has made a hefty amount of money off her, Barbie has been criticized for many things, including her extremely thin frame (39-18-33 if a life-sized person), her sporadic relationship with hunky Ken, revealing clothes, and the notorious tattooed version.
Get Over It Day: Jeff Goldblatt from humorhotlines.com created this day in 2006 in order to create an excuse for people to “get over it”, whether it is about a break-up, a meddling mother, or a backstabbing friend. The reason for March 9 being Get Over It Day was simply because it was between Valentines Day and April Fools Day.
10. International Day of Awesomeness: In honor of the humorous sensation around Chuck Norris, his birthday has been deemed International Day of Awesomeness. However, you do not have to devote awesomeness on March 10 to Mr. Norris; just be sure to include some awesome fun in your day. But remember, “Chuck Norris doesn’t sleep – he waits”.
United States Paper Money Day: This is the day that the first issue of paper money was released. On March 10, 1862, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500, $1000 bills were released, followed by a second issue of only $1 and $2 bills. Although the least used United States currency, the $2 bill was reprinted a few more times since, the last time in 1995.
11. Middle Name Pride Day: This observance, which gives people a chance to be proud of their middle names, was founded by Jerry Hill. People often hide their middle names due to many reasons, but that should not be the case. Take part on this day by showing a little bit of middle name pride.
12. Girl Scout Day: On March 12, 1912, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low officially registered the first Girl Scout troop. The group from Savannah, Georgia consisted of 18 girls. Since then, the organization has grown to over 3.2 million girls and adults.
13. Earmuffs Day: In 1877, 19 year old Chester Greenwood patented the earmuff. He had come up with the idea 4 years prior when he wore a wire with two tufts of fur to keep his ears warm. That kind of earmuff is called a “thermal earmuff”. Acoustic earmuffs are those that protect the ears from sound.
Ken Day: In 1961, when Barbie was 2 years old, Ken was introduced to Barbie and the world. They have been in an on-and-off relationship ever since.
14. Pi Day: Math enthusiasts get to honor Pi on this day. Pi (written as the Greek letter “π”) is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to it’s diameter, or 3.1415926535…. The actual number is infinite, but is usually simplified to 3.14. Originally used in 1706, it was adopted by Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler in 1737, becoming a popular math tool. Pi is used in the formula for a circle’s area (A=πr^2).
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