12 Offbeat Holidays to Celebrate in March
Here are some reasons to celebrate this month, plus the once-in-a-lifetime chance to create your own holiday!
Yesterday, March 1st, was National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day. There’s even a year-round website for lovers of the peanut-y spread.
March 2nd: National Old Stuff Day
National Old Stuff Day is about taking a moment to recognize the same old stuff you do every day, and think about how you can break old routines. Seize the day, because tomorrow’s just more of the same old, same old.
March 5th: Cinco de Marcho
March 5th marks the beginning of the 12 Days of Cinco de Marcho, in which observers undergo a training regimen to prepare their livers for St. Patrick’s Day. For games and activities, check out the official site.
March 6th: Dentist Day
Have you thanked your dentist lately? Make March 6th the day you make that dental appointment you’ve been putting off for two years, the day you start flossing, or just make sure to show off your dentist’s handiwork more often.
March 7th: Alexander Graham Bell Day
On this day in 1876, inventor Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his brand new invention called “the telephone.” For every text message you receive or send today, say a little thank you to AGB.
March 8th: National Nametag Day
March 4-10 is actually “Celebrate Your Name Week,” with different holidays for each day. The only rule is that you wear a “Hello my name is…” tag all day/week.
March 9th: National Panic Day
March 9th is to indulge all of your deepest fears and let loose on a rampage of unbridled hysteria. Observational practices may include, but are certainly not limited to, tearing out one’s hair, standing in public spaces and shrieking like a banshee, sobbing uncontrollably, or finally breaking ground on that underground bunker you have always dreamed of building.
March 12th: National Alfred Hitchcock Day
Did you know Alfred Hitchcock never won an Oscar for Best Director? Today is the day to regale your friends and family with your encyclopedic knowledge of Hitchcock trivia, or learn some new facts.
March 14th: National Pi Day
Don’t let the sound of the name fool you, 3.14 is not a day celebrating the sweet, baked treat. It is the official day of the Greek letter symbolizing the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Although both “pis” prominently feature the circle shape.
March 18th: Goddess of Fertility Day
The name of Siberian goddess Ajysyt literally means “birth giver,” and she is believed to nurture the soul of newborn babies. This is not just a day for the ladies; some goddesses like the Irish deity Macha exclusively tend to male virility.
March 23rd: National Puppy Day
Puppies!!! As if you need an excuse to observe some adorable young pups playing, today it is your nationally mandated duty. But if watching is not enough celebration for you, go to the official website to vote for America’s Most Beautiful Puppy, consider donating to your local animal shelter, or just take the plunge and adopt one!
March 26th: National Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
… whatever nugget of inspiration or homage you have kept to yourself all this time, today provides the perfect platform for you to tell the world.