• March Observances

    All Month
    Women’s History Month – Commemorates the vital role of women in American history.

    Zero Discrimination Day (March 1) – We celebrate the right of everyone to live a full and productive life—and live it with dignity.

    Holi (Begins at Sundown) (March 6-8) – is considered as one of the most revered and celebrated festivals of India and it is celebrated in almost every part of the country. It is also sometimes called as the “festival of love” as on this day people get to unite together forgetting all resentments and all types of bad feeling towards each other.

    Purim (March 7) – this year, Purim is celebrated beginning at sundown of March 6th and ending at sundown on March 7th. Purim is celebrated on the 14th day in the month Adar using the Jewish calendar. The day commemorates back in the 4th century BC, when Jewish people were saved from a death decree according to the book of Esther.

    Laylat al Bara'at (March 8) – is celebrated beginning at sundown on March 7th and ending at sundown on March 8th. Laylat al Bara'at in the Islamic calendar falls on the 15th day of the month of Shaban with prayers beginning the night before. This day commemorates for Muslims when God descends from heaven and forgives the people of their sins.

    International Women’s Day (March 8) – is a day to reflect on and celebrate the social, political, economic and cultural accomplishments of women, and to bring awareness to the fight for gender equality.

    Daylight Savings Time Begins (March 12) – at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March, the clocks turn forward one hour, essentially taking one hour from the morning, to extend the evenings.

    Pi Day (March 14) – is a fun day to commemorate the mathematical constant of Pi. In the American month/day way of writing a date, Pi Day happens on 3/14 (3.14 are the first three digits of Pi).

    St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) – celebrates the death of St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, and celebrating the presence of Irish culture in America.

    Spring Begins (March 20) – the Spring Equinox happens on the specific moment in time when the Sun is directly above the Earth’s equator.

    Newroz (March 20) – is the Kurdish celebration of the Persian new year holiday “Nowruz.” Kurdish Newroz coincides with the Spring Equinox, and is a festival celebrating the beginning of spring. Over the years, Newroz has come to represent new beginnings, and is the most important festival in Kurdish culture.

    International Nowruz Day (March 21) – The word Nowruz (Novruz, Navruz, Nooruz, Nevruz, Nauryz), means new day; its spelling and pronunciation may vary by country. Nowruz is a festival celebrating the beginning of spring and is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, which usually occurs on or about the 21st of March. It is celebrated as the beginning of the new year by more than 300 million people all around the world and has been celebrated for over 3,000 years in the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East and other regions.

    International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21) – #FightRacism engages the public in promoting tolerance, equality, and anti-discrimination, globally, and calls for all people to stand against racial prejudice and intolerance.

    World Down Syndrome Day (March 21) – occurs when an individual has an extra partial (or whole) copy of chromosome 21. It is not yet known why this syndrome occurs, but Down syndrome has always been a part of the human condition. It exists in all regions across the globe and commonly results in variable effects on learning styles, physical characteristics and health.

    Beginning of Ramadan (March 22) – Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. During this holy month, Al-Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed. The word Ramadan means scorching heat or drought, which is honored by abstaining from eating or drinking from dusk til dawn.

    International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (March 25) – For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade, one of the darkest chapters in human history. The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers the opportunity to honor and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system. The International Day also aims to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.