March 20th is...

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, March 20, 2012 | 0 comments
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First Day of Spring
- From the budding of the trees and the warming of the temperatures to the animals coming out of their winter hideouts, there seems to be a promise of new birth and color in the springtime air. My tulips are growing - how is your garden?

National Ravioli Day
- What is Ravioli? Ravioli is a traditional Italian pasta dish made by stuffing rounds or squares of pasta dough with a filling, creating a sort of pasta “pillow.” Go out and treat yourself to some delicious ravioli!

National Proposal Day
- Valentine’s Day came and went, and now comes another day and another opportunity to pop the question. However one's partner may decline the proposal simply because proposing on the national day for proposing could be seen as a cheesy attempt that may border on the contrived.

Alien Abduction Day
- Clamp on your foil hat and cower under your bed, Alien Abduction Day is here, when the skies are carefully watched by those expecting / wishing to be abducted by an alien life form. Or simply enjoy an alien abduction movie today, such as: "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "Fire in the Sky," "Men in Black," "The Astronaut's Wife," "Taken" and "Signs."

Bed-in For Peace Day
- Having been driven from Paris to Amsterdam early in the morning, John Lennon and Yoko Ono checked into the Hilton Hotel, where they staged the first of two bed-ins for peace. The couple knew their wedding, which took place on 20 March 1969, would receive extensive press coverage, and so decided to use the publicity to promote world peace.

Great American Meat Out Day
- On (or around) March 20, thousands of caring people in all 50 U.S. states and two dozen other countries get active to host educational events for Meatout - the world's largest grassroots diet education campaign. Activists distribute free food, educate their communities, and ask their friends, families, and neighbors to "kick the meat habit” and explore a wholesome, compassionate diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Kiss Your Fiancée Day
- A day for brides and grooms round the world to forget wedding planning and all the stress and kiss your fiances!

National Jump Out! Day
- today you are asked to grab a jump rope and hop to it! March 20th – the first day of spring – is the day for girls and boys to jump-start their way into a more active lifestyle by gathering friends and family and seeing how many times in a row each person can jump without stopping. Any kind of jump will do, from a simple hop to a Double Dutch or Criss-Cross step. Or, they can jump into another activity that pumps up the heart, like biking, skating, or playing tag – the idea is to get off the couch and on the road to good health.

Won't You Be My Neighbor Day
- In honor of Fred Rogers' birthday, March 20 has been declared "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" Day throughout all kingdoms, real or make believe. The point of the holiday is to carry on Mister Rogers' spirit of being neighborly: be connected, strengthen your community ties, reach out to people you've never talked to before.

- (Also called Alban Eilir.) One of the “Lesser Sabbats” during the Wiccan year, Ostara is a fire and fertility festival that marks the beginning of spring. Annually, on the spring equinox. Read more

International Earth Day
- initiated to make earth inhabitants aware of their responsibility to care for the planet. This care includes environmental and natural resources. International Earth Day was founded by John McConnell, of Davis City, Iowa. In September, 1969, he proposed the establishment of Earth Day to the San Francisco, California Board of Supervisors.

- Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in Iranian calendar. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox. As well as being a Zoroastrian holiday and having significance amongst the Zoroastrian ancestors of modern Iranians, the same time is celebrated in parts of the South Asian sub-continent as the new year. The moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator and equalizes night and day is calculated exactly every year and Iranian families gather together to observe the rituals.

Atheist Pride Day
- On this day, atheists seek to let the world know that we exist. Because we are often demonized and marginalized, in much the same way as sexual minorities, simply asserting our identities as nonbelievers can do much to overturn stereotypes, and help others who privately doubt religion. While the aim is visibility, the number of participants is less critical than is the ability to get people to publicly admit their lack of faith.

Snowman Burning Day
- a festival to mark the end of winter and welcome spring. It's a way to celebrate the change of the seasons. By March 20th most of us are more than ready to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring. We say goodbye to the last icy snowman by helping it melt as we set it a fire and watch it burn.


- This was updated by Catherine on March 20, 2012 -

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