Monthly Archives: March 2014


In the UK, Mothering Sunday is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, three weeks before Easter Sunday. As with the North American Mother’s Day (held in May), it is a day for honouring mothers with cards, presents, and/or a special meal (the most special aspect being that she doesn’t have to prepare it.) Originally […]


Though delayed by an exceptionally harsh winter, sap will soon be flowing from certain types of maple trees in Eastern Canada and the Northeastern United States, sap that can be harvested and turned into maple syrup. Sugar maples have the highest sugar content (2%), but the sap from black, red, silver, and ash leafed maple […]


People who help make history don’t always do it as quickly as they’d like. It took British MP, William Wilberforce (1759-1833), eighteen years to get a bill through Parliament that abolished the slave trade and made it illegal for slaves to be bought or sold in Britain’s colonies. It was also illegal for them to […]


Though water is essential to life, over a billion people do not have access to safe sources of this vital resource. In 1993, the United Nations declared March 22nd to be World Water Day in an attempt to draw attention to the importance of sustaining the Earth’s water and ensuring that it be available to […]


A difference between a calendar year and a solar year causes the spring equinox to come between March 19th and March 21st for those who live in the northern hemisphere. And this year, that’s today, March 20th. The spring tradition of cleaning houses originated in countries like Iran, which starts its Nowruz celebrations on the […]


Question: Why do people from all over the world gather in Capistrano, California on St. Joseph’s Day (March 19th)? Answer: They gather to witness the return of the cliff swallows. The swallows leave Capistrano around October 23rd (San Juan Day), and travel six thousand miles to Goya, Corrientes in Argentina to spend the winter there. […]


Originally just the feast day of Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick’s Day is now a day for celebrating Irish culture in many parts of the world with dances, parades, feasting, and of course, ‘the wearing of the green’. Holi is the Hindu Festival of Colours and takes place on the last full moon of the […]


Purim commemorates the time Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination at the hands of Haman, a corrupt advisor to Ahasuerus, King of Persia, an event recounted in the Bible (Book of Esther). Purim, means ‘lots’, as in a lottery, which is how Haman chose a date for the extermination, and Esther saved […]


Beware the Ides of March! But only if you’re Julius Cæsar. Here are some book suggestions based on March celebrations or March-related events with histories. Ages 3-7 Clever Tom & The Leprechaun by Linda Shute Curious George Makes Maple Syrup by H.A. Rey Here Comes Holi by Meenal Atul Pandya The Missing Maple Syrup Sap […]


* Authorized Reproduction, Rex May: VIKING SAGAS J.R. R. Tolkien is said to have drawn some of his inspiration for his Lord of The Rings trilogy, from Viking sagas. The word saga means ‘what is told’, and sagas were essentially long adventure stories told in poem and prose. First written down between the twelfth […]

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