Archive | March, 2011

Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day

Stetson cowboy hat 1950 If there was a genre-with-the-strangest-song-titles award, country would win hands down. If the fact that Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day exists doesn’t prove it, this list of country song titles will:

“Flushed from the Bathroom of Your Heart” – Johnny Cash
“If French Fries Were Fat Free” – Alan Jackson
“She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” – Kenny Chesney
“It Was an Absolutely Finger Lickin’, Grits and Chicken, Country Music Love Song” – Bomshel
“I Want My Mullet Back” – Billy Ray Cyrus

Celebrate this strange holiday by having a quirky country music listening party or coming up with your own quirky country music song titles.

Sources: punchbowl.com, cowboylyrics.com
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Vernal Equinox – March 20th or 21st


What is the Vernal Equinox?

The Vernal Equinox, or Spring Equinox, marks the beginning of Spring in the northern hemisphere and Fall in the southern hemisphere. On the Vernal Equinox, the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night are nearly equal – the only place with exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night is on the Equator.

When is the Vernal Equinox?

The Vernal Equinox occurs around March 20 or 21 at a specific time. In 2011, the Vernal Equinox will occur on March 20 at 11:21 p.m. The Vernal Equinox will continue to fall on March 20 until 2044.

Do people celebrate the Spring Equinox?

Learn about celebrating the Vernal Equinox here. Then check out National Geographic’s slide show of Vernal Equinox rituals around the world.

Source: timeanddate.com, holidayinsights.com
Photo Source: Martin Hirtreiter
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St. Patrick’s Day – March 17th

Nagy goodn.ikonWhat is St. Patrick’s Day?

An Irish holiday celebrated all around the world, St. Patrick’s Day honors Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. But what about all those symbols and traditions, like four-leaf clovers, leprechauns and wearing green? Find out how these traditions and symbols are related to St. Patrick’s Day and Ireland by clicking here.

When is St. Patrick’s Day?

March 17th each year. Saint Patrick is believed to have died on this date.

How do people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday for spiritual renewal and praying for missionaries worldwide, so most businesses, other than restaurants and pubs, close for the day. Many Irish who celebrate St. Patrick’s day traditionally attend mass in the morning before celebrating in the afternoon and evening. Other cultures who have adopted this holiday celebrate by wearing green and shamrocks, listening to Irish music, dining on Irish food and drinking at the local bar or pub.

Learn more about how people and entire cities celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by clicking here.

Looking for St. Paddy’s Day celebration ideas? Click here!

Sources: holidays.kaboose.com, st-patricks-day.com

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National Pi Day

Pi-symbolWhat is National Pi Day?

Math enthusiasts have been celebrating March 14, or 3/14, as Pi Day for years. It wasn’t until 2009 that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution designating March 14 as National Pi Day in an effort to promote math and science education.

What is Pi?

Pi is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. An irrational and transcendental number that continues infinitely past the decimal, Pi is rounded off to 3.14.

Learn more about Pi.

Sources: piday.org, holidayinsights.com

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Ash Wednesday

US Navy 080206-N-7869M-057 Electronics Technician 3rd Class Leila Tardieu receives the sacramental ashes during an Ash Wednesday celebrationWhat is Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday is a Christian observance that marks the first day of Lent, the 40-day Christian season for fasting, prayer, reflection and penance in preparation of Jesus Christ’s resurrection and forgiveness on Easter Sunday. Today, Christians who observe Lent typically give up one special thing that they enjoy rather than fast.

When is Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday is observed on a different date each year, depending on when Easter falls. This year, Ash Wednesday will fall on March 9.

How do people observe Ash Wednesday?

Using ashes, ministers rub the sign of the cross onto the forehead of each worshiper during Ash Wednesday church services. Made from the remains of burned palms that were blessed on Palm Sunday of the previous year, the ashes symbolize death, mortality, penance and sorrow for sin. The form of the cross symbolizes the forgiveness of sins through Christ’s death and resurrection.

Learn more about Ash Wednesday and Lent by clicking here.

Sources: timeanddate.com, catholic.org

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What is Mardi Gras?

“Mardi Gras” may bring up images of decorative masks, parties and parades, beads, and the colors purple, green and gold. And no city celebrates the festive cultural phenomenon Mardi Gras has become like New Orleans does. But Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday in French, originates from traditions related to the Christian season of Lent, a 40-day fasting period.

What is Mardi Gras?

Traditionally, Mardi Gras was a “last hurrah” – the last day to eat everything and anything before the fast and, especially, to use up any fat, eggs and dairy in the home, which is why Mardi Gras is sometimes referred to as Pancake Tuesday.

How do people celebrate Mardi Gras today?

Rather than fasting for 40 days, many people give up something special that they enjoy for the 40 days of Lent. For those who still celebrate Mardi Gras in the Christian tradition, the holiday is the last day to enjoy that one special thing, usually a food or drink, one last time before Lent begins.

When is Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras falls is always celebrated on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent. The exact date differs from year to year, depending on what date Easter falls on.

Check out the links below to learn more about the history and celebration of Mardi Gras:

History of Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Mardi Gras New Orleans

Sources: holidayinsights.com, americancatholic.org, history.com
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International Women’s Day – March 8

What is International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate women and their achievements, both past and present.  It is a day to remember the struggles women have faced worldwide and the grace with which they overcame these hardships. German Socialist Clara Zetkin first suggested a day to honor women in 1910. The following year, the day was celebrated by more than a million people in several countries.

When is International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day was first celebrated on March 19 in Germany, Denmark, and Austria. In 1913, it was decided that International Women’s Day would be celebrated globally on March 8.

How do people celebrate International Women’s Day?

In some countries, International Women’s Day is celebrated as a mixture of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day with men giving flowers and candy or a small gift to the women in their lives. Grandmothers, mothers, wives, girlfriends, sisters, and daughters are recognized and admired. In some countries, women even get together for women-only dinners or day trips. Visit here to see a list of thousands of events happening all around the world.

href=”http://www.google.com/events/iwd2011/#tab0″>Celebrate International Women’s Day with Google’s official page of celebration.

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National Grammar Day – March 4th

Grammarians, linguaphiles, English majors and, as David Foster Wallace would say, “SNOOTS,” this three-year-old holiday is for you: Happy National Grammar Day!

What is National Grammar Day?

National Grammar Day was founded by Martha Brockenbrough in 2008. Also the founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (SPOGG) and author of “Things that Make Us [Sic],” Brockenbrough created the holiday to celebrate language and grammar, to promote correct grammar and language use and to appreciate and honor the grammar rules that help us to avoid chaos through clear written and verbal communication.

When is National Grammar Day?

National Grammar Day is celebrated on March 4 each year.

How do I celebrate National Grammar Day?

Look for and correct incorrect grammar in magazines, newspapers and local ads. Write a grammar-related poem or story. Or just check out other fun National Grammar Day activities and amusements at nationalgrammarday.com.

Source: nationalgrammarday.com, grammar.about.com

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