World Wildlife Day History
World Wildlife Day seeks to celebrate the world’s plants and animals while raising awareness of issues that impact wildlife. Wildlife refers to all undomesticated native plants and animals of a region. The day also serves to highlight issues such as urbanization, poaching, pollution and destruction of wildlife habitat and the ways that humans can contribute to conservation efforts.
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed World Wildlife Day in December of 2013 as a celebration that would take place annually on March 3rd. The date chosen coincides with the day the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was signed. The CITES is a document that regulates trade of wild animals and plants around the world.
March 4 –
Academy Awards History
The Academy Awards (or Oscars) is an annual award ceremony dedicated to honoring the cinematic achievements of the film industry. Each year, a statuette referred to as an Academy Award of Merit (commonly known as the Oscar) is awarded to those who have excelled. Oscars are awarded on the basis of 24 categories including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Cinematography.
The Academy Awards are hosted and organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which is a professional organization that seeks to advance the arts and sciences of motion pictures. The Academy is composed of more than 6,000 professional members, more than 1,000 of which are actors, who are affiliated with motion pictures. For most categories, Oscar winners are chosen by the number of votes received from a jury of peers, who are voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. That is, actors nominate actors, film editors nominate fellow film editors, and so on. Other branches within the academy include cinematographers, costume designers, directors, sound and music engineers. The Oscar statuette consists of a Sir holding a Crusader’s sword standing on a film reel with five spokes, each of which represents the original branches of the Academy including Directors, Actors, Writers, Producers and Technicians.
The first Academy Awards were held on May 16, 1929. On that day, 15 Oscars were awarded for artists and directors. The ceremony lasted only 15 minutes. Since then, the Academy Awards have evolved into becoming one of the most-watched events on television. In 2015, it was broadcasted in more than 225 countries. This event is usually held in late February or early March every year.
March 8 –
International Women’s Day History
International Women’s Day celebrates women’s achievements throughout the world. Its purpose is to promote women’s equality, encourage support for repressed women and promote appreciation toward women everywhere. Many organizations, including the United Nations, use this day to also celebrate extraordinary achievements of ordinary women.
International Women’s Day was initially promoted by the Socialist Party of America. In 1909, it designated this day in remembrance of a major strike by the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union. The holiday is now recognized internationally and is an Official National Holiday for many countries, including: China, Russia and Ukraine. It is observed annually on March 8th.
March 11 –
Daylight Saving Time Begins (Which means we lose a valuable hour)
Daylight Savings time had begun in an effort to help save energy and provide workers with more hours of serviceable daylight during the long summer days. Daylight Savings Time was first introduced in the U.S. in 1918. However, it was not until 1966, when the Uniform Act was passed, that all states had to either observe DST or pass a state law to abstain.
March 14 –
Pi Day History – (No! Not the movie)
Pi Day celebrates the mathematical constant π (pi) or 3.141592653… . Pi is the ratio between the circumference (the distance around the circle) and diameter (the distance through the center of the circle). Pi is a constant, therefore it will be the same for circles of all sizes. Pi is a special number due to its infinite and patternless nature, meaning that the digits after the decimal point never repeat themselves in a specific order.
Pi Day celebrations originated in 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium when Larry Shaw, a physicist at the Exploratorium, organized the first Pi Day. It was held on March14th (3/14), given that the first digits of Pi are 3.14. Celebrations at the Exploratorium included taking young museum visitors on a parade to the Pi Shrine, which is a round brass plaque fixed on the floor of the museum and serving fruit pies to visitors. Since then, Pi Day celebrations have spread both nationally and globally. On March 12, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives recognized March 14, 2009 as National Pi Day.
March 17 –
Saint Patrick’s Day History
St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of Irish pride and heritage. Saint Patrick was a British-born priest and former slave who is known for converting the Irish to Christianity and chasing the snakes out of the country. He died on March 17, in the year 461 and was mostly forgotten. As time passed, stories grew around St. Patrick and centuries later he was honored with the title of Patron Saint of Ireland.
Over the years, big parties and the custom of drowning the shamrock at the end of the celebrations – a shamrock is placed in the bottom of a cup that is then filled with whiskey, cider or beer then drank with a toast – have become increasingly popular all over the world. Every year, on March 17th, this holiday is celebrated around the globe with shamrocks, leprechauns and lots of green.
Don’t forget to get your green bagels or green donuts.
March 20 –
Spring Begins History
Spring traditionally marks the end of winter and the beginning of a season that signifies longer days and warmer temperatures. The first day of Spring is also known as the Vernal Equinox. This marks the day that the Sun’s path is directly over the equator. This day also contains equal amount of day time and night time. This day typically occurs each year on March 20, and on March 21 on some years.
This day also marks the Iranian New Year “Nowrooz) which means New Day.
March 23 –
National Puppy Day History (Awe, our furry friends)
National Puppy Day seeks to celebrate the unconditional love that puppies bring to people’s lives. It is also a day to help save orphaned puppies across the globe and educate people about puppy mills and their many horrors. Puppies are young dogs and depending on the breed, some remain puppies for longer than others.
National Puppy Day is held on March 23rd every year in the hopes of improving the lives of puppies everywhere. Colleen Paige, who is also the founder of National Dog Day and National Cat Day, founded the celebration in 2006. National Puppy Day has actually become an international celebration and has trended on social media every year since 2012.
March 25 –
Palm Sunday History
Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus Christ’s last, triumphant entry into Jerusalem before his crucifixion. According to the Gospels, as Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey, the crowds greeted him by waving and laying palm branches in his path. Today, palms are still used during Palm Sunday ceremony. The palms are blessed during the ceremony and then collected and burned into ash for the following year’s Ash Wednesday celebration. Palm Sunday is celebrated annually on the Sunday before Easter.
Greece Independence Day History (Give me a word, any word, and I will tell you the root of that word is Greek)
Greek Independence Day celebrates the anniversary of the declaration of the start of the Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire. On 25 March 1821, Greece revolted against the Ottoman Empire, of which it had been part for nearly 4 centuries. The war lasted until 1829 and required the assistance of Russia, Britain and France.
Greek Independence Day is celebrated on 25 March annually. It is a major public holiday that celebrates Greece’s sovereignty, pride and culture.
March 29 –
Holy Thursday History
Holy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper Jesus had with his disciples before he was arrested and crucified (Matthew 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22: 13-20). It is celebrated in the Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant churches. It includes the sacrament of Holy Communion to commemorate the Last Supper. It may also include foot-washing.
Holy Thursday is one of several services included in Holy Week, which leads up to Easter Sunday. Others include Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil on Saturday.
March 30 –
Good Friday History
Good Friday serves to commemorate the day that Jesus was crucified. Following Jesus’ arrest, he is found guilty of proclaiming himself to be the King of Jews. Jesus was sentenced to crucifixion. This day is celebrated in a number of different ways, from taking down the cross in the Orthodox faith to recounting the story of Jesus’ last days, which is called the Passion of Christ. For many churches, Good Friday is the final service of Holy Week, following Holy Thursday and Palm Sunday. Other churches hold an Easter Vigil on Saturday night to bring the light of Christ back into the church.
National Doctor’s Day History
National Doctor’s Day commemorates the nation’s doctors, who have dedicated themselves to public service by helping to ensure the good health of US citizens. Doctors are qualified and licensed individuals who practice medicine of all forms. They include many types such as physicians, surgeons, specialists, anesthesiologists and pediatricians, who dedicate their lives to helping, healing and curing the sick and needy.
President George W. Bush designated March 30th as National Doctor’s Day on October 30, 1990 in an effort to celebrate the sacrifices and contributions made by our nation’s doctors. National Doctor’s Day is observed on March 30th every year in the US.
March 31 –
Passover (Start) History
Passover (Hebrew: פסח) is a seven day Jewish festival which celebrates the Israelites fleeing from Egypt about 3300 years ago. Passover is called such because the Israelites marked their door frames with a sign. It is believed because of this sign God passed over their houses during the plague of the firstborn.
The Israelite were servants from the days of Jacob until Moses. They lived through famine in most of Mesopotamia, including Israel. The Israelite built store cities for grain in Egypt (possibly, the pyramids). After 210 years of servitude in Egypt, the Israelite had become ‘servant-minded’ and did not believe that they could flee. They fled via the Wilderness of Sinai, where they resided for forty years.Also,
Cesar Chavez Day History
Cesar Chavez Day commemorates the life and achievements of Cesar Chavez. Cesar Estrada Chavez was a Mexican-American farm worker who was a Civil Rights and Labor Movement activist. Chavez stood and fought for labor rights using nonviolent resistance, such as boycotting and fasting.
At the age of 17, Chavez served in the U.S. Navy for two years. After serving in the Navy, Chavez worked in the fields until 1952, when he became the organizer of the Community Service Organization (CSO). He co-founded the National Farm Workers Association in 1962 with Dolores Huerta Chavez, an association which he used to create unions and lobby for better pay and safer working conditions in the farming community. Chavez passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 23, 1993. In recent years, President Barack Obama has proclaimed that Cesar Chavez Day be observed on March 31.