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18 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in March

Beware the Ides of March, but feel free to go wild every other day in March—this month is full of fun offbeat holidays. 

1. MARCH 3: WHAT IF CATS AND DOGS HAD OPPOSABLE THUMBS DAY

They would rule the world is what.

2. MARCH 4: NATIONAL GRAMMAR DAY

The crowd who will care most about this holiday will also want to know that National Proofreading Day is just a few days later, on March 8. 

3. MARCH 6: NAMESAKE DAY

March is apparently a huge month for offbeat name holidays, starting with Namesake Day.

4. MARCH 7: FUN FACTS ABOUT NAMES DAY

We're all about fun facts, so sure, let's celebrate Fun Facts About Names Day. 

5. MARCH 8: UNIQUE NAMES DAY

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From celebrity baby names to strange spellings to the straight-up made up, there's plenty of material to celebrate here. 

6. MARCH 9: DISCOVER WHAT YOUR NAME MEANS DAY

OK, this is getting out of hand—let's move on.

7. MARCH 10: INTERNATIONAL BAGPIPE DAY

There are more than 130 different kinds of bagpipes played worldwide, and this is an international holiday to celebrate every single one.

8. MARCH 10:  MARIO DAY

A day to celebrate people named MARio in the month of MARch. Yep, we're back to name holidays.

9. MARCH 10:  NAMETAG DAY


What would we do at awkward social gatherings without them?

10. MARCH 11: MIDDLE NAME PRIDE DAY

Time to celebrate the names of those long lost relatives, or your parents' second choice, or your mom's maiden name. 

11. MARCH 12: INTERNATIONAL FANNY PACK DAY

From grandparents to Normcore hipsters, this holiday spans generations. 

12. MARCH 14: MOTH-ER DAY

Did you know that moth enthusiasts are pun-ey? They are.

13. MARCH 16: NO SELFIES DAY

Some people say you should never take selfies, but on March 16 you should officially not take selfies. This holiday is observed on the birthday of Philippe Kahn, the inventor of the cell phone camera and the first person to take a photo with one (a birth picture of his daughter in 1997).

14. MARCH 18: FORGIVE MOM AND DAD DAY

This could be you. 

15. MARCH 23: NATIONAL PUPPY DAY

It's also National Tamale Day, which means March 23 might be the best day of the year. 

16. MARCH 26: MAKE UP YOUR OWN HOLIDAY DAY

What are these people celebrating? It doesn't matter, this list wouldn't exist without random holiday celebrators like them.

17. MARCH 27: QUIRKY COUNTRY MUSIC SONG TITLES DAY

"You're The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly," "Drop Kick Me Jesus (Through The Goalposts Of Life)," and "Did I Shave My Legs For This?" are just a few of the song titles you can celebrate on March 27.

18. MARCH 31: INTERNATIONAL HUG A MEDIEVALIST DAY

Give a little love on this day to the historians and devotees who've pledged their lives to the Middle Ages. 

Holidays found in Chase's Calendar of Events 2016. All photos courtesy of iStock unless otherwise noted.

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Inside the German Town Where Advent Is the Main Attraction
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The German town of Gengenbach takes Christmas very seriously. So seriously that it counts down to the holiday with one of the biggest Advent calendars in the world.

Two decades ago, the town of 11,000 people on the edge of the Black Forest set out to bring in more tourists during the holiday season. So to make its holiday market unique, Gengenbach began turning its town hall into a building-sized Advent calendar.

Now one by one, every night from November 30 to December 23, the windows of Gengenbach’s Baroque city hall light up with artistic creations inspired by a yearly theme. At 6 p.m. each evening, the lights of city hall go up, and a spotlight trains on one window. Then, the window shade pulls up to reveal the new window. By December 23, all the windows are open and on display, and will stay that way until January 6.

Gengenbach's city hall lit up for Christmas
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Each year, the windows are decorated according to a theme, like children’s books or the work of famous artists like Marc Chagall. For 2017, all the Advent calendar windows are filled with illustrations by Andy Warhol.

According to Guinness World Records, it’s not the absolute biggest Advent calendar in the world. That record belongs to a roughly 233-foot-high, 75-foot-wide calendar built in London’s St Pancras railway station in 2007. Still, Gengenbach’s may be the biggest Advent calendar that comes back year after year. And as a tourist attraction, it has become a huge success in the last 20 years. The town currently gets upwards of 100,000 visitors every year during the holiday season, according to the local tourist bureau.

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Amazon Is Offering Free Same-Day Shipping to Prime Customers for the Holidays
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The holidays are arriving early for Amazon Prime customers—along with every gift they’ve yet to order through the online shopping behemoth. Amazon has put all of its Prime members on the “Nice” list this year, and is rewarding them with free same-day shipping from now through Christmas Eve. While that may be cutting it a little too close for some shoppers, the limited-time perk has perpetual procrastinators singing “Joy to the World.”

“We are continually investing in Prime, adding more selection and making delivery faster and more convenient,” Greg Greeley, Amazon Prime’s VP, said in a statement. “In fact, in 2016, the last Prime Free Same-Day order from Amazon.com delivered in time for Christmas was ordered at 10:23 a.m. on Christmas Eve. The order included Venum Contender Boxing Gloves, and was delivered to a Prime member in Richmond, Virginia at 2:42 p.m.—the very same day, for free.

(Whoever received those boxing gloves last year: now you know.)

This year’s holiday shipping schedule will allow gift-givers to push that deadline even further. While two-day shipping is always free for Prime customers, if that were the only option, they’d have to be done buying all their gifts by Friday, December 22. This year’s shipping perk means that you can push your shopping all the way to Christmas Eve, as long as you live in one of Amazon’s Same-Day Delivery zones (you just have to order by 9:30 a.m.). Even better: If Prime Now is available in your area, you have until 9:14 p.m. on December 24 to place your order and still have something fabulous to stick under the Christmas tree.

Of course, zero-dollar shipping costs are far from the $99 service’s only perk: unlimited streaming of Prime Video movies and TV shows—including Amazon-produced series like The Man in High Castle, Mozart in the Jungle, One Mississippi, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel—is there for the bingeing. Free Kindle books, photo storage, and grocery delivery are among Prime’s many other benefits.

Not a Prime member? No problem! “Even if you are not currently a member, holiday shoppers can try Prime for free for 30 days and get two-day, one-day, and same-day shipping for free,” says Greeley.

It’s hard to argue with free.

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