Monthly Archives: March 2014


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 […]


Sure, and what’s more historical than the Little People? These family-friendly movies involving leprechauns are this month’s DVD picks. Darby O’Gill & The Little People (1959) Finian’s Rainbow (1968) The Fighting Prince Of Donegal (1966) The Last Leprechaun (1998) Leaping Leprechauns (1995) Luck Of The Irish (1948) The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns (1999)


Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent. On Ash Wednesday, Christians of various denominations go to church to have a cross put on their foreheads out of ashes that have come from the burning of Palm Sunday crosses from the year before. The crosses serve to remind the faithful of their mortality as the priests […]


Pancakes are eaten throughout the year, of course, but for Christians, the day known as Pancake Day heralds the start of Lent, the season of prayer, reflection, and self-denial leading up to the joyous celebration of Easter. In some places, special pancake breakfasts are held, as well as pancake races, which involve people tossing pancakes […]


Here are some March celebrations and events with histories kids might like to investigate. St. David’s Day (March 1st, Wales) Trinidad Carnival (March 3rd– 4th, Trinidad & Tobago) Carnival/Mardis Gras (March 4th, Latin America, U.S.A., Eastern Europe) Pancake Day (March 4th, Christian communities worldwide) Ash Wednesday (March 5th, Christian communities worldwide) International Women’s Day (March […]

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