Although it feels like February just began, we’ll welcome the month of March in less than two weeks. There’s a lot to love about March, especially for families living in areas that have been hit hard by winter weather.
The first day of spring on March 20 is known as the Vernal or Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the Autumnal Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere. According to timeanddate.com, the sun shines directly on the equator on the equinoxes, resulting in the length of day and night being nearly equal.
It’s said that March either comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb or comes in like a lamb and goes out like a lion. Whichever happens this year, you know warmer days are ahead when March arrives. Here’s 10 additional reasons to look forward to the month of March.
If you love reading to your little ones, you’ll love National Read Across America Day on March 2, which is also Dr. Seuss Day. Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat are two of Dr. Seuss’ bestselling books. Visit Seussville to learn more about Dr. Seuss and to download the National Education Association’s Read Across America activity booklet.
The days grow longer during March. Daylight Saving Time begins March 13, giving you an extra hour of daylight at the end of each day. Be sure to set your clocks forward an hour before you go to bed on March 12.
Pi Day is celebrated around the world each year on March 14. Pi is a Greek symbol used in math to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Although Pi is an infinite number which has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond the decimal point, it is often shortened to 3.14159 or 3.14. Some high school and college math instructors make Pi Day into a big celebration which may include the eating of pie.
Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, celebrated around the world on March 17. Many cities celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with parades the weekend before the big day. In Chicago, even the Chicago River is dyed green to celebrate. If you’re planning a St. Patrick’s Day party, head to Party City for everything you need. From party goods and decor to beads and shamrock glasses, the luck of the Irish is waiting for you at Party City. You’ll find St. Patrick’s Day coloring pages, crafts, puzzles and more at Activity Village.
Celebrate International Day of Happiness on March 20. One of the keys to happiness is helping others. Whether you reach a hand out to a neighbor or help someone you don’t know, focusing on the needs of others is a great way to celebrate the day. Download the Happiness Guidebook at the website to learn more about the 10 keys to happier living.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. is a month-long celebration of spring, commemorating the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Tokyo’s mayor to the city of Washington in 1912. This year’s dates are March 20 through April 17. Check the website if you’ll be in Washington and enjoy the many events. Some of the signature events include: Family Day at the National Building Museum on March 26, the Blossom Kite Festival on April 2, the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival on April 9, the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on April 16 and the Anacostia River Festival on April 17.
Easter Sunday falls on March 27 this year. Christians around the world celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave on Easter. Kids of all ages enjoy Easter egg hunts and Easter baskets filled with toys and treats. New York City’s iconic Easter Parade takes place along Fifth Avenue on Easter Sunday. Participants wear their favorite Easter bonnets in the traditional event, which dates back to the 1870s.
Kids across the country look forward to spring break. In many locations, spring break takes place either the week before Easter or the week after Easter. Whether you stay close to home or plan a big family getaway, enjoy some extra family time during spring break.
Amusement Parks across the country open in time for families to enjoy spring break fun. Here in Virginia, Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens open before Easter. Now’s the time to purchase season passes so you can enjoy your favorite amusement park throughout the season.
Outdoor family fun beckons during the month of March. Whether you prefer seeing spring flowers and trees, riding bikes, flying kites, playing or watching spring sports, ditch winter and breathe in the sweetness of March.
So hang on through the last days of February. Hunker down through the ice and snow as you look forward to warmer days ahead. After a long winter, there’s nothing like the month of March to whet your appetite for spring.