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Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, March 25, 2012 | 0 comments
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MarchNational Lobster Newburg Day
- Invented at New York culinary institution Delmonico's during the height of its heyday in the late 1800s, lobster Newburg was initially named lobster Wenburg after Ben Wenburg, a wealthy sea captain who frequented the restaurant quite often. However, when a dispute arose between Wenburg and management, they made the decision to rename the dish lobster Newburg.

Pecan Day
- The history of pecans can be traced back to the 16th century. The only major tree nut that grows naturally in North America, the pecan is considered one of the most valuable North American nut species. The name "pecan" is a Native American word of Algonquin origin that was used to describe "all nuts requiring a stone to crack.”

National Sleep Day
- Ways to celebrate - Sleep in! This might be a tough one if you have kids. Take an afternoon nap. Read the children's story of Rip Van Winkle's and his famous nap. Take a picture of your pets while they're sleeping and post them on the fridge. How will you celebrate?

National Day of Celebration of Greek & American Democracy
- The strength of the bond between Greece and the United States is exemplified by the Greek-American community, which enriches our Nation with its cultural heritage and helps maintain the living relationship between our countries. On the anniversary of Greece's independence, we celebrate this friendship and look forward to realizing our common goals and aspirations.

Tolkien Reading Day
- an annual event, launched by The Tolkien Society in 2003, that takes place on 25 March. It has the aim of encouraging the reading of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, and the use of Tolkien's works in education and library groups. The date of March 25 was chosen in honour of the fall of Sauron, in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. The day was originally suggested by columnist Sean Kirst, of the Syracuse, NY Post-Standard newspaper. He has since organized Tolkien Reading Days every year since 2008.

First Pancakes
- The first pancakes were made in 1882 in New York City. Whether you call them "pancakes," "flapjacks" or "hotcakes", this traditional breakfast favorite can be customized to suit all taste buds. Savor them as simple as they come or combine them with fruit servings, different flavored syrups, jam, honey, powdered sugar, butter, jelly or even peanut butter!

Old New Year's Day
- In Great Britain and its North American colonies this was the beginning of the new year up through 1751, when with the adoption of the Gregorian calendar the beginning of the year was changed to Jan 1. Read more

Maryland day
- Commemorates arrival of Lord Baltimore’s first settlers at Maryland in 1634.

National Waffle Day
- Celebrates the patenting of the waffle iron by Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York on August 24, 1869. This holiday originated in Sweden. It is called VĂ„ffeldagen. The holiday coincides with the Feast of the Annunciation. This day was also considered the start of spring in Sweden and Europe. It became a custom for Swedish families to celebrate the two events by making waffles on this day.

International Day of Remembrance of The Victims of Slavery and The Transatlantic
- In commemoration of the memory of the victims, the General Assembly, in its resolution 62/122 of 17 December 2007, declared 25 March the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, to be observed annually. The resolution called for the establishment of an outreach programme to mobilize educational institutions, civil society and other organizations to inculcate in future generations the “causes, consequences and lessons of the transatlantic slave trade, and to communicate the dangers of racism and prejudice”.

No Homework Day
- Teachers should not give homework on this day. For one school day each year you can just put your backpack, full of books, to the side. You finally get the chance to relax and not worry about anything, even though you have an assignment notebook page filled with things for you to do.

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