By Kelly Maue

    We are making our way through March. The fourth of the month is the only day of the year to give us clear direction: “March forth!” We’ve sprung forward with Daylight Savings Time, watched the movie industry’s biggest night of the year with The Oscars, and partied on St. Patrick’s Day with parades and shenanigans. March Madness is underway to find the men’s college basketball Division I champion.  

    But there is much more to March, including observances you may not know about. Let’s look at some that caught our attention – from thoughtful and serious to strange and silly designations for each day of the month. 

    March 1 – National Play Outside Day; World Compliment Day; National Hotel Slipper Day 

    March 2- World Teen Mental Wellness Day; National Old Stuff Day

    March 3 – National Day of Unplugging; Talk in Third Person Day; I Want You to Be Happy Day

    March 4 – Pound Cake Day; Sons Day; Dance the Waltz Day; Toy Soldier Day

    March 5 – National Cheese Doodle Day; Unique Names Day

    March 6- Dentists Day; Oreo Cookie Day; National No Homework Day

    March 7 – Sock Monkey Day; National Cereal Day; National Sharon Day

    March 8 – National Preschoolers Day; National Retro Video Game Day 

    March 9 – National Get Over It Day; Panic Day; National Dishwasher Appreciation Day 

    March 10 – Bagpipe Day; International Day of Awesomeness: National Harriet Tubman Day 

    March 11- National Napping Day; Promposal Day

    March 12 – National Organize Your Home Office Day; Plant a Flower Day; Equal Pay Day

    March 13 – K9 Veterans Day; Fill Our Staplers Day; Good Samaritan Day

    March 14- Save a Spider Day; Celebrate Scientists Day

    March 15 – World Sleep Day; National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

    March 16- National Artichoke Day; National Panda Day; No Selfies Day

    March 17- Corned Beef and Cabbage Day; Camp Fire Girls Day; Submarine Day

    March 18 – Global Recycling Day; National Awkward Moments Day; Act Happy Day

    March 19 – International Read to Me Day; Let’s Laugh Day

    March 20 – Alien Abduction Day; National Vanessa Day; World Storytelling Day

    March 21 – International Day of Forests; Crunchy Taco Day; Common Courtesy Day 

    March 22 – International Talk Like William Shatner Day; International Goof Off Day 

    March 23 – Cuddly Kitten Day; National Puppy DayNational Chips and Dip Day

    March 24 – National Cocktail Day and National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day 

    March 25 – International Waffle Day; Pecan Day; Tolkien Reading Day 

    March 26 – Make Up Your Own Holiday Day; National Spinach Day

    March 27 – National Scribble Day; Manatee Appreciation Day 

    March 28 – National Something On a Stick Day; Respect Your Cat Day 

    March 29 – International Mermaid Day; National Vietnam War Veterans Day

    March 30 – National Folding Laundry Day; Virtual Vacation Day; Take a Walk In the Park Day 

    March 31 – Transgender Day of Visibility; National Baked Ham with Pineapple Day 

    These are only some of the day-long celebrations and observances in March. It’s clear there needs to be coordination when designating days; otherwise, why would Dentists Day coincide with Oreo Cookie Day? 

    There are ways to mark the month and certain weeks as well. We dedicate the entire month of March to Women’s History. It’s also known as Optimism Month, Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, Craft Month, Umbrella Month, Adopt A Guinea Pig Month, and National Celery Month. 

    When you break March down into weeks, you can celebrate Chocolate Chip Cookie Week, Bubble Week, Crochet Week, and National Introverts Week. There’s also National Procrastination Week (but you can get around to celebrating that whenever you feel like it). 

    I already did. Mine happened to coincide with Chocolate Chip Cookie Week.