16 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in March
Add these quirky March holidays to your list of celebrations.
1. March 2: Fun Facts About Names Day
2. March 3: National Anthem Day
Although it became known for its iconic patriotism during the 19th century, "The Star-Spangled Banner" didn't become our national anthem until a bill designating it as such was adopted by the Senate and signed by President Herbert Hoover on March 3, 1931.
3. March 4: National Grammar Day
Sponsored by the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, this is another holiday that we here at mental_floss are happy to help you celebrate.
4. March 6: Middle Name Pride Day
Mine's Rose and I'm not at all embarrassed about it. Feel free to share yours in the comments!
5. March 7: Genealogy Day
It's been a long cold winter, and March just wants to make sure you don't forget who you are. March is all about the self-identity holidays—I didn't even include "Nametag Day."
6. March 9: Fill Our Staplers Day
Founded by the Dull Men's Club, this holiday is intended to serve as a reminder to refill your stapler. But having an empty stapler is a good reminder to refill your stapler, too.
7. March 10: Organize Your Home Office Day
Why stop at refilling the stapler?
8. March 14: Moth-er Day
There's more to March 14th than pies! Honor the moths and their collectors of the world with a trip to a local museum to check out some specimens.
9. March 16: No Selfies Day
This (probably) poorly observed holiday is celebrated ironically on the birthday of Philippe Kahn, the inventor of the cell phone camera and the first person to snap a picture with his phone—although it wasn't a selfie.
10. March 18: Forgive Mom and Dad Day
This is a lovely sentiment and one that works even if you don't explain to your randomly-forgiven parent that your apology applies to all past ill-will, considering March 18 is also Awkward Moments Day.
11. & 12. March 20: Proposal Day and Kiss Your Fiance Day
And one is almost guaranteed to follow the other.
13. March 21: National Quilting Day
This will be the 24th annual celebration of this grassroots movement to unite quilters around the world.
14. March 25: Pecan Day
This is a holiday with an especially venerable tradition, particularly for a nut. It commemorates the date, in 1775, when George Washington planted pecan trees at Mount Vernon that were given to him by Thomas Jefferson.
15. March 29: Earth Hour
A worldwide grass-roots movement to promote conservation and bring attention to climate change, Earth Hour encourages participants to turn off all non-essential lights for one hour. The event, which is organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature, began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, but has since spread to over 4000 cities around the world. This year, the switch off will occur from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time.
16. March 30: Doctors' Day
Symbolized by a red carnation, this honoring of our nation's physicians has been held annually since 1933.
For an even more exhaustive list of holidays, historical anniversaries and notable birthdays, check out Chase's Calendar of Events.
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