If you're into cute animals, delicious food, beloved figures, or legendary betrayal (yeah), March is the month for you. Here are 15 offbeat holidays that celebrate a wide variety of quirky passions.
1. MARCH 1: NATIONAL PIG DAY
Have you ever seen a more lovable oinker? We highly doubt it.
2. MARCH 5: NATIONAL POUTINE DAY
Today, embrace this concoction—consisting of fries, cheese curds, and gravy—from our Canadian neighbors with open arms and open mouths.
3. MARCH 8: NATIONAL PROOFREADING DAY
Time to admit it: the red pen is your friend.
4. MARCH 13: NATIONAL OPEN AN UMBRELLA INDOORS DAY
This day is for facing down that age-old superstition. Open an umbrella indoors and shield yourself from the bad luck that may or may not follow.
5. MARCH 15: BRUTUS DAY
Beware the Ides of March—and all the plotters and betrayers who might lead you to someday ask, "Et tu?"
6. MARCH 15: TRUE CONFESSIONS DAY
Speaking of shadowy plots and shocking revelations: March 15 is also a day to confess all your deepest, darkest secrets. Good luck!
7. MARCH 16: CURLEW DAY
Curlews are long-billed birds that live in the central and western parts of North America, and if you didn't know that, it's probably good that these feathered friends have their own special day.
8. MARCH 16: LIPS APPRECIATION DAY
Pucker up and give your pout some well-deserved love and attention.
9. MARCH 18: PLAY-THE-RECORDER DAY
Limber up those fingers and celebrate this ubiquitous childhood instrument with a rousing rendition of "Hot Cross Buns."
10. MARCH 20: WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR DAY
Everyone's favorite neighbor, Fred Rogers, was born on March 20, 1928 and this holiday now serves as an occasion to remember the beloved TV star, and honor him by being kind, generous, and, well, downright neighborly.
11. MARCH 22: NATIONAL GOOF-OFF DAY
Relax, take a break, play hooky—or just goof off in your own quiet way at your desk.
12. MARCH 23: NATIONAL TAMALE DAY
March 23 happens to be a Thursday, so we think this month would be a good one to institute Tamale Thursdays as a companion to Taco Tuesdays.
13. MARCH 25: PECAN DAY
Sometimes you feel like a nut, and sometimes that nut is a pecan.
14. MARCH 25: TOLKIEN READING DAY
This annual holiday was started by The Tolkien Society back in 2003, and gives you a great excuse to start reading the entire The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings saga again, or for the very first time.
15. MARCH 30: GRASS IS ALWAYS BROWNER ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE DAY
Keep your eyes on your own lawn. You'll probably be happier that way.
Holidays found in Chase's Calendar of Events 2017. All photos courtesy of iStock unless otherwise noted.