This is a continuum from previous articles. If you want to see the March holidays for week 1 and 2, visit here and here.
15. World Consumer Rights Day: On 15 March 1963, President John F Kennedy became the first political leader to formally address consumer rights issues. March 15 now marks this observation, and efforts are set forth every year to spread the information and demand consumer rights. The eight basic rules of consumer rights are “the right to satisfaction of basic needs”, ” the right to safety”, “the right to be informed”, “the right to choose”, “the right to be heard”, “the right to redress”, “the right to consumer education”, and “the right to a healthy environment”.
16. Curlew Day: The long-billed curlew is recognizable by it’s large size and long, curved bill. It is North America’s largest shore-bird and lives in wet grasslands. Although the female’s bill is longer and shaped slightly different, both males and females incubate the eggs and aggressively protect the nest. After becoming an endangered species, the long-billed curlew has made a comeback. March 16 marks the day that over 500 curlews were returned to the Umatilla National Park in Oregon.
17. Absolutely Incredible Kid Day: Camp Fire USA sponsors this observation in which parents and adults are recommended to write letters of support, appreciation, and love to their children. This is a day for children around the United States to feel like they are indeed incredible. Unlike verbal words, a letter can be re-read in times of doubt or sadness. Children can always benefit from extra love and encouragement. On March 17, create a personal letter of love to give to your child.
St. Patrick’s Day: This worldwide celebration is a national holiday of Ireland. Saint Patrick was sold into slavery at age 16, and when he escaped 6 years later, he joined a monastery. He remained there for another 12 years, leaving to preach the Christian doctrine for the rest of his life. The original color associated with Saint Patrick’s day was blue, but it morphed to green to match the shamrock’s color. The reason for the shamrock as the holiday’s symbol was that Saint Patrick had used them to teach in some of his lessons.
18. Awkward Moments Day: Is it coincidence that this day comes after St. Patrick’s day, one of the top alcohol days of the year? Maybe, maybe not. But either way, March 18 is a day to remember awkward moments and possibly even share embarrassing stories. One of my top awkward and embarrassing moments is when I slipped on the ice while trying to unlock my car – I flattened all the way to the ground. After picking myself up, I looked behind myself, and right behind me was the the guy I had been crushing on.
19. National Chocolate Caramel Day: To create caramel, slowly heat sugar to 350°F. This process, called caramelization, causes the sugar molecules to break down, then reform. However, caramel candy involves almost no caramelization, and cream, corn syrup, butter, and vanilla extract are added to the mixture. Either way, many people love caramel. Even more popular is the combination of caramel and chocolate, deserving enough for it’s own observance.
20. Great American Meat-out Day: Activists use this day to amp the promotion of a meat-less diet. Participants pledge to serve vegan food samples to a certain number of people, and 2011 has seen 2 goal increases due to the huge number of participants. The goal is to educate people on the benefits of a plant-only diet, and to prove that a vegan diet is more versatile than some think.
21. National Common Courtesy Day: Courtesy, defined as “the showing of politeness in one’s attitude and behavior towards other”, is sometimes lacking or nonexistent. Take this day as a reminder that courtesy can go a long way and strive towards personal politeness.
“Saint Patrick’s Day” History.com
“long billed curlew” Allaboutbirds.com
“National Curlew Day” BigBlendMagazine.com
“Absolutely Incredible Kid day” campfireusa.org