March is for More Than St. Patrick's Day: March 16 - 20: Part 4 of 6

Stacey Doud

March is full of lesser-known and even strange "holidays." To read about what is afoot on March 1 - 5, click HERE. For March 6 - 10, click HERE. For March 11 -15, click HERE.

Now, let's examine March 15 -20.

March 16:

Giant Panda Bear Day: The Giant Panda Bear is an endangered species. There are less than 2,000 in existence in the wild. In addition, they are in over 100 zoos around the world. These lovable creatures are sometimes referred to as "beasts". They are the symbol of the International World Wildlife Federation.

"Giant" was added to the name panda bear, to distinguish it from its cousin, the Red Panda. Giant pandas are members of the bear (Ursidae) family, while red pandas are the only members of the Ailuridae family.

The black and white giant panda bear is one of the most lovable of all animals and is believed to have mystical powers in some parts of the world. Giant pandas are native to China, living in cool, wet, remote mountainous forests. Their favorite food is bamboo, and they spend up to 14 hours per day eating the leaves, stems, and roots. Fruit is also on their diet. Pandas are loners, except during the mating season. After mating, the female chases away the male and raises the cubs by herself. They generally live 15 to 25 years.

Try these things on Giant Panda Bear Day:

  • Go to the zoo to see pandas.
  • Learn more about pandas.
  • Buy panda stuffed animals for yourself or others.
  • Support efforts to help this endangered species.

There is not much information about who created this holiday, but it's always important to acknowledge our global endangered species.

Freedom of Information Day celebrates and recognizes a valuable concept in the American Bill of Rights.

March 16th is the birth date of James Madison, the 4th president of the United States of America. Madison is recognized as the "Father of the Constitution," and the chief author of the "Bill of Rights." The Freedom of Information Act was passed into law in 1966.

March 17:

In 1997, an organization called Campfire USA established Absolutely Incredible Kids Day. This day was created to show children that they are loved. While many parents, teachers, and caregivers may think, “Isn’t EVERY DAY Kid’s Day?” we have to remember the children that are ignored, abused, or are in the foster system. THOSE KIDS need to know they matter most of all, but EVERY kid needs to know that he/she is important.

You can observe this day by writing a heartfelt letter to a child that you care about.

St. Patrick’s Day

Slainte!

Submarine Day:

Are we talking about the underwater vessel or the yummy sandwiches? It seems that the UK is the region that most actively celebrates this day; however, the US Submarine Force was established on March 17, 1900.

If you want to celebrate the submarine boat, go find a Naval Museum, watch a movie or read a book that includes these famous underwater weapons.

If you’re not a fan of warships, but like big sandwiches, this is the perfect day to buy a fabulous sub sandwich. If you own a deli or sandwich shop, consider giving a small discount to customers that mention “Sub Day.”

Did you know that the world’s most famous submarine is the Yellow Submarine? Who knows what this refers to?

March 18:

Awkward Moments Day:

While there isn’t much history about this day, it dates back to at least 2017 in popular literature.

Holiday Insights has identified some things you can do on this day.

1. Embrace your awkwardness

2. Celebrate and forget past awkward moments

3. Share those memorable moments with a friend and laugh about it

4. Stop taking yourself so seriously. Life is too short to dwell on it or remain embarrassed for long

Poultry Day:

This day celebrates chicken, turkey, quail, and other birds we eat. The best poultry to eat if you’re watching your weight or health are chicken and turkey. They are lower in fats and cholesterol.

Holiday Insights recommends celebrating Poultry Day with “eggs for breakfast, a chicken sandwich for lunch, and barbecue chicken for dinner. Don't forget to cook up some chicken fingers for the kids.”

The most famous chicken in the world is Foghorn Leghorn from Looney Tunes.

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No one has yet empirically answered, “Which came first: The chicken or the egg?”

March 20:

Extraterrestrial Abductions Day:

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There is no solid information about the history of Extraterrestrial Abductions Day, but that makes sense considering that the founders may still be in space dealing with probes and other unsavory things.

If you’re still on Earth, celebrate today by watching science fiction movies and reading sci-fi stories about UFOs and Extraterrestrials. If you’re abducted and can somehow see this message, transmit SOS in Morse code to NASA or SETI.

We'll be listening.

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