For many people, the end of the year is the most fun. There are so many activities, events, and vacations to attend that time can seem to disappear. But the gloomy winter weather and post-holiday blitz can leave many feeling sluggish. However, people know how to keep themselves busy and have come up with many small parties and celebrations to keep their spirits up throughout the year. Here are 10 of the best lesser-known holiday celebrations in March.
1. Plan a solo vacation day – March 1
Vacations are meant to be a time when you can get away from it all and relax. But, for many, taking vacations with others can actually be more work. Matching schedules, balancing interests, and keeping up with the motions of travel with someone else can be exhausting.
If you need a break from your usual breaks, then plan a solo vacation day – March 1st has you covered. Take some time to plan your time for when you know – you’ll really need it. Traveling with friends can be great, but sometimes it’s best to sip margaritas on the beach alone.
2. Share a Smile Day – March 1
It’s no secret that winter can be a real drag. Cloudy skies, cold weather and annoying colds that do not go away often put a damper on the lives of many people. During difficult times, human warmth can go a long way.
There have been lots of research over the years, that smile and laugh release endorphins, or feel-good hormones, in the brain. So even if you don’t feel like it, take the time on March 1st to smile. You might be surprised how much something so little helps. Then go out into the world and share it with others who need it just as much.
3. National Day for Black Women in Jazz and the Arts — March 1
Jazz may not be as widespread as it was then, but there’s no denying its echoing cultural influence. You may have heard of famous names like John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis. But, as they are in many other areas of life, many black women have made incredible strides in the world of jazz.
Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Mary Lou Williams are just a few of the incredible black singers and musicians who have graced jazz with their touch of genius. Of course, women of color have made advancements in all kinds of different arts. There’s never been a better time than March 1 to make a reservation for a live show to celebrate the rich contributions of black women to jazz and the arts in general.
4. National Reading Day Across America – March 2
Many people have a book that they’ve left on a literal or, in the case of e-readers, proverbial bookshelf for some time now. Life gets in the way and the pages of your potential literary experience are left in the dust. Well, March 2 gives you the perfect time to stop putting off that book and finally read.
A great way to sit down and read is to do it with someone! See if anyone else in your social group has been meaning to read for a while now. Chances are you can find a reading buddy to book the date with.
5. National Disconnect Day — March 3
Nowadays, technology is more effective than ever in trapping your attention in the digital world. And too much screen time can cause trouble sleeping, mood swings, and even alter the structure of your brain. Now, to be clear, being online and using screens is not inherently harmful. But left unchecked, the negative consequences of being online too often can add up quickly.
As screens increasingly become part of everyday life, it’s increasingly important to be aware of your digital health. This is why many people choose to remove March 3 from screens, a decision called “unplugging” or “digital detox.” It can help reset dopamine levels in your brain among many other benefits. If you find yourself constantly on your phone at 3 a.m., consider removing a third of the screens.
6. National Dentists Day — March 6
Many people don’t think much about the health of their teeth until there is a problem. Everything is fine until you suddenly can’t drink cold water or eat sugar without wincing. And, even then, just like checking their credit card statements, many people are hesitant to visit their dentist.
Rather than putting off your dental checkup for a year, make an appointment with your dentist and add it to your calendar for March 6. You’ll be reassured to know that you’re not the only one flossing for the first time in a year. And your mouth will thank you for taking care of it over the long term.
7. National Write Your Story Day — March 14
Most people go through their lives without writing anything down. And that probably won’t be until you’re older, when you may not be able to clearly remember details you wish you could remember more of. No matter who you are, you have a story to tell. And yours might be more interesting than you think.
Maybe you wanted to write it all down, but just couldn’t find the time. Well, rather than letting your life slip away by saying “maybe one day”, take your time. March 14 is the perfect day to do so. You and others across the country will capture treasured memories for themselves and their families long after they are gone.
8. Pi Day — March 14
Why Pi? Pi is the radius of a circle’s diameter at its circumference. Pie is a delicious pastry dish that, from a bird’s eye view, takes on the shape of a circle. Sounds like reason enough to go on vacation, doesn’t it?
On the delicious day of March 14, math and pie lovers celebrate with sweets. A quick search for Duck Duck Go reveals the delicious creations people do to mark the occasion. It’s also a good fun excuse to get together with family and friends. Can you guess why Pi Day takes place on March 14? (Tip: write the date!)
9. World Poetry Day — March 21
Fast forward a little and we are almost at the end of March. But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of fun to be had! It may be because the equinox was just the day before, but on March 21, many people feel the poetic spirit alive within them.
Someone once said that poetry has the ability to increase the beauty of the world. What that might mean is up for debate, but it’s clear that poetry has touched the souls of millions of people through time. If you’ve kept a poem in you, now is the time to finally write it! On Poetry Day, you’ll find events in libraries and other public gathering places around the world.
10. World Piano Day — March 29
Continuing the global celebration of creative pursuits, March 29 is World Piano Day! The piano was born as an Italian creation at the dawn of the 18th century. But it has since been woven into the fabric of musicality in nations around the world. The piano is a beloved creation that, surprisingly, is relatively new as part of human history despite its entrenchment in global culture.
Many musicians and fans around the world are creating new music, compositions and playlists to celebrate World Piano Day. There’s also an incredible amount of shows already scheduled – it’s the perfect reason to go out and see some live music. You can visit the Piano Day website to see what’s coming up for this year. Maybe you can even add new tracks to yours personal playlist.
“Why does the world need a Piano Day? For many reasons. But above all, because it doesn’t hurt to celebrate the piano and all that surrounds it: the performers, the composers, the piano makers, the tuners, the movers and most importantly, the listener. –Nils Frahm
Celebrate throughout March
One of the finest qualities of the human spirit is its resilience in times of darkness. So while the world can often seem dreary as winter draws to a close, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate. Some are silly, and some are surprisingly moving, but sometimes all you need is a simple reason to reunite with your loved ones and enjoy life. There are also bigger and more well-known events in March, like Purim, Holi, and the vernal equinox. But March, and every month for that matter, is filled with fun and inventive holidays to keep your spirit alive.
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