Why March has 126 days
This month curiosity had me checking out holidays beyond the Ides of March or St. Patrick’s Day. It didn’t take long to find the National Days list with over 1200 approved dates which means that every day of the year has at least three or four themes that we could celebrate. According to the requirements, applicants can be individuals, companies or organizations that want to promote a particular activity or cause like Red Nose Day which was launched in 2015 to raise money for children in need.
March has a total of 126 National Days of which almost a third (41 to be exact) feature food items such as Oatmeal Cookies, Peanut Butter and Artichoke Hearts. There’s also Banana Cream Pie Day, Frozen Food Day and National Potato Chip Day. Glad to see there’s also a National Dietician’s Day.
Themes that inspire and encourage include national days to Learn About Butterflies, Find a Rainbow, Walk, or Encourage a Young Writer (I vote for that one). Another subcategory is days designated to poke fun at things that might annoy us such as National Lost Sock Day which we can definitely relate to. Different professions are well represented with special days for teachers, nurses, receptionists, and third-shift workers. Some of the national days that remind us to “show some love” are Visit Your Relatives, Be a Best Friend, and Love a Tree.
While most of the commemorative days may never reach the notoriety of some of the standard holidays, social media can transform a relatively unknown into the next viral hit. I think that’s what gave National Pi Day a big popularity boost in the past couple of years. Originally, its inaugural celebration was in 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium which still continues to host this annual event. However, when word got out that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution (HRES 224) recognizing March 14 as National Pi Day, its popularity multiplied big time. Now math wizards everywhere take great delight in “their” special day with many mathematical contests while the rest of us honor the day eating a slice of pie.
There we go again with food. And why not? Food is a big part of our culture. Hm… I don’t recall seeing a National Foodie Day. Anyone want to file an application? Or, if there’s something else you’d like to see honored, just complete the online form and if approved, you will receive a framed certificate among other benefits. For more info Click here So…what do you want to celebrate today?